By ANNIKA LEOPOLD
Whidbey Life Magazine Guest Contributor
October 28, 2015
Imagine a big red barn filled with rainbows of color, lots of texture and wall-to-wall creative displays. That will be the Whidbey Weavers Guild’s 12th annual “Uncommon Threads” sale at Greenbank Farm’s Red Barn 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.
Guild members have put in hundreds of hours of work throughout the year, in sale organization and the creation of beautiful handcrafted products. This is a great opportunity to do some early holiday shopping for unique gifts. A wide range of prices ensures something special for every budget.
The annual sale attracts fiber arts enthusiasts from all over Whidbey as well as off-island. Handmade items for sale are woven, knitted, crocheted, felted and spun. Fiber art of all kinds are represented, offering hand-spun yarns, dyed spinning fibers, rugs, braided or felted jewelry, baskets, clothing, housewares and cards.
In keeping with the guild’s mission of outreach to the community, there will be demonstrations of kumihimo (a Japanese braiding technique), weaving and spinning. These artists, as well as many others, will be available throughout the sale to answer questions, provide information about their craft and offer advice.
WWG meetings are open to the public and held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Pacific Northwest Art School, 15 NW Birch Street, Coupeville. Renowned fiber artists from around the world provide presentations and workshops throughout the year. Additionally, educational outreach events are offered in the community. A variety of study groups in the guild focus on particular areas of fiber art so members can perfect their skills and learn from each other.
The guild is dedicated to keeping fiber arts alive and well in our community, for today and for generations to come.
To learn more about what the Whidbey Weavers Guild has to offer, check out www.WhidbeyWeaversGuild.org.
Annika Leopold weaves, knits and reads thrillers in Swedish.
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