Textile artists gather in Parksville

Retreat is an annual event for area spinners and weavers

Alex Day of Sidney and Marilyn Welsh of North Saanich spend time in the spinning circle.

Alex Day of Sidney and Marilyn Welsh of North Saanich spend time in the spinning circle.

An event that celebrates and treasures our rich textile heritage took place in Parksville over the weekend.

About 80 fibre artists gathered at the Quality Inn Bayside for the 25th annual Weavers and Spinners retreat.

The Qualicum Weavers and Spinners Guild hosted the event which celebrates the ancient craft of spinning and weaving.

Those who cherish finely spun yarn and exquisitely dyed and woven cloth have been getting together on Vancouver Island for many years thanks to the efforts of June Mussenden.

The Victoria resident is one of the original two women who started the retreat 25 years ago and said back then it was quite an ordeal to organize.

“We didn’t have computers in those days to e-mail people.  We had to write letters and get replies by mail and phone,” she recalled.

She said although her friend who helped her get the event going died a few years ago she still enjoys the get togethers.

She said it really is a great event for fellow weavers, spinners and dyers who enjoy getting together to learn and share knowledge and skills.