On the 15th and 16th our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild held its yearly Christmas sale. Two friends and I did a display of The Dyer's Garden with materials we'd dyed with plant materials we'd grown and gathered in our gardens. The beautiful and diverse colours are a celebration of gifts we receive from plants. On the right is a lavender standard with a Japanese indigo plant which managed to survive the cold weather and the basket beside it is filled with rovings dyed with Japanese indigo.
Mushroom Annie, wearing her lovely sweater knitted with handspun dyed with mushrooms, had a display of her beautiful mushroom dyed wool.
The Guild was excited to have the first display of the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed which was started by Deanna Pilling and then adopted by the Guild as a project. A Fibreshed is a non-profit organization that increases awareness and shares the necessary skills to build and sustain a thriving bio-regional textile and fibre community that works with principles of ecological balance, local economies and regional organic agriculture. Our Fibreshed seeks to build an interactive relationship among the skilled fibre artisans, spinners, dyers, and fibre suppliers along the 100 miles of our coast.