Local fabric artists will leave you spinning

Check out the works of local weavers, spinners and felters at The Arts Station over the next month.

Check out the works of local weavers, spinners and felters at The Arts Station over the next month.

The exhibit and sale featuring the works of The Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild starts on Thursday with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. and runs until October 23.

The Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild is an enthusiastic and creative group of fibre artists. They work with wool, alpaca, cotton, silk and many other fibers, which are spun, dyed, woven, knitted and felted.

The Spinners and Weavers Guild has been a part of the artisan landscape of Fernie since the mid-1980s and with the devotion of its members the Guild has remained a consistent presence at The Arts Station.

Many of the participants in the exhibition have been or currently are professional spinners, weavers and felters; others simply are attracted to the challenge and excitement of this handicraft. The common bond though is all of the spinners and weavers love designing and creating art with natural fibres. Many of the guild members own their own woolly sheep, llamas, alpacas, angora goats and rabbits as well as yaks allowing them to not only spin their own fibres but contribute to the rearing of the fabric source as well, ensuring a beautiful, organic finished product.

For their annual show, the Guild has chosen the theme, “Wool Gathering”, suggesting that daydreamy space where artists gather ideas and designs for their fibre projects.

Do not miss this amazing display of local talent and spinning virtuosity!

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