Greater Vancouver Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild of British Columbia
The eleventh annual spinning retreat of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild (British Columbia) took place in the 1908 heritage home in Hemlock Valley between Mission and Harrison Hot Springs. Each member’s name was embroidered on a tag made of handspun yarn woven on a weavette loom by Susan Millikan. Susan also fashioned tiny handspindles on her lathe to attach to them. The dyeing activity was inspired by Nancy Roberts’s article in the Fall 2006 Spin-Off magazine. Participants took turns knitting pieces of fabric 3 to 4 feet long on knitting machines, and then painted the strips with acid dyes. By steam-setting the dye, graduated color changes took place in the fabric.