The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and while experienced shoppers often line up for the best selection when the doors open, there will be a large variety of gifts, holiday decorations, clothing, and home accessories available throughout the day. Quality craftsmanship is a hallmark of this event, according to guild member Bobbie Irwin.
Hand-felted play-toys with catnip for kittens; soft hand-spun yarn to make warm fuzzy mittens – these were just a few favorites offered at previous sales.
Guild members work all year to create a wealth of useful and decorative household and personal accessories for the sale, such as towels, placemats, baskets, scarves, rugs, jewelry, bags, ornaments, clothing, tapestries, and more. Fiber, handspun yarn, and items made from the yarn are also available.
In addition to hundreds of handcrafted items for sale, a display will feature the latest creations from this year’s design challenge project. Participating members exchanged postcards and used them as inspiration for projects incorporating fiber. The results typically range from scarves to jewelry and baskets – some with pictorial representations and others inspired by colors or themes. The postcards and the finished items will be accompanied by the creators’ explanations of their design choices. At the end of the show, postcard donors receive the original creations inspired by their cards.
This year a Kids’ Corner will feature hands-on weaving instruction for children while their parents observe or shop. Inexpensive kits for simple weaving will be available for sale, as well. It’s never too early to start getting kids interested in textiles, Irwin said. Throughout the day, other guild members will demonstrate the ancient skills of spinning, weaving, and related fiber arts – activities the public is also welcome to try.
The San Juan Weavers Guild was founded by a small group of weavers in 1977, and has grown to a membership of more than 80 fiber artists from throughout the Western Slope and beyond. The guild meets the third Saturday of most months during the school year, at Meadowlark Apartments in Montrose. New members and guests of all experience levels are welcome to take advantage of special programs and workshops and the inspiration of its community of weavers, spinners, felt makers, basket makers, and other artisans. For information about the guild or sale, call 249-2981.