Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Baskets of Fun at the Surrey Museum

There are many programs, exhibitions, and special events happening at the Surrey Museum this Fall 2012. Visit their website to register for these programs and others.

Aboriginal Baskets

Join a local cedar basket weaver and hear about the history of cedar weaving. Learn how cedar bark is harvested, processed and woven into beautiful, functional items like baskets, hats and capes. Held in conjunction with the Museum’s Baskets for Barter exhibit.
1 session $10 (16+ years)
Saturday, September 29
1:00pm to 2:15pm

Cedar Weaving Workshop

Join a local weaver for an educational and creative cedar weaving workshop. Find out about the unique properties and challenges of using cedar, while making a bracelet with prepared cedar strips. Held in conjunction with the Museum’s Baskets for Barter exhibit.
1 session $24 (16+ years)
Saturday, September 29
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Check the Fall/Christmas 2012 brochure for
Programs * Exhibitions * Special Events * Services

or visit the website page

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Darning Socks and Home Spun Yarn

Join us in the Urban Weaver Studio on Monday nights for a series of Woolley Workshops led by local fiber artist Penny

6:00 - 8:00pm

October 1 - Sock darning

Bring along your holey socks, an apple or orange to stuff in the sock as a darning base, some yarn to darn with, and a needle with a large eye (a darning needle, tapestry needle or needle for sewing hand knit sweaters). Make those holed socks whole again!
No cost

October 8 & 15 – Drop spindle basics

Make yourself a drop spindle and learn to spin your own yarn.
Material costs:  $2/drop spindle using supplied materials and $2 for fleece/fiber to spin with

October 22 – Natural dyes

Learn how to naturally dye your newly spun yarn using local plant materials. Dye pots/baths will be available in the studio for your use.  Solar dyeing will also be demonstrated.   
No cost
No workshops will be held in November.
Planned workshops for December include learning the ‘2 needle method’ for turning your spun yarn into ‘sideways’ socks. 

Harvesting Materials

The first harvest of September is in!  English Ivy was harvested in Stanley Park by participants volunteering with the Stanley Park Ecological Society's Ivy Busters program.

English Ivy

The leaves and rootlets can be removed or left in place.  Thicker sections can also be split lengthwise and used fresh if you choose.  The Ivy we harvested in Stanley Park will be used in future workshops so we coiled and bundled it then hung the bundles to dry for storage. 

A generous donation of Cattail leaves was dropped off at the studio during the Celebration Night (on September 6, 2012).  The fleshy bottom of the stalks was cut off and the thin wispy white beveled edge removed and saved.  This bevelled edge is excellent for making thin cordage and I'm sure we will find many other uses for this down the road. The leaves were bundled and hung in the studio to dry for future use.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

English Ivy Harvesting

On Saturday, September 8th, Urban Weaver participants met in Stanley Park and along with other volunteers harvested English Ivy as part of the Stanley Parks 'Ivy Busters' program.

On site in the forest near Brockton Oval

A generous pile of ivy was designated "For Artists Use" only and set aside for us to take back to the studio . . . where we spent the rest of the afternoon coiling and bundling our newly aquired weaving material! 

A donation of fresh cattail leaves were also bundled for fututre projects and weaving exploration.  


Next Harvesting date:  

Saturday, October 13th (cookies and refreshments provided by the SPES cookie volunteer!)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thursdays Celebration!

Help Celebrate the success of the Urban Weaver Project

Stop by the Studio on Thursday, September 6 between 6:00 and 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

5th Annual Strathcona Harvest Festival

The Urban Weaver Studio will have it's door open during the Harvest Festival. 

Sunday, September 16th from 12 (noon) to 4pm.

Tools and some weaving materials provided.  Bring your own materials if you have them and join us for an afternoon of weaving in the partk!