Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I Forgot the Fiber!

I was so excited about blogging and traveling, I forgot this very important part! The museum in Victoria is super (get your ticket early in the day and keep going back--they're open until 10--and it includes an historic house and a repro longhouse, but we didn't know about the all day thing so we didn't save enough time. Next time!) There is a very well done display about First nations peoples which contrasts the coastal people to the inland people. Unfortunately I'm not sure who the spinning/weaving was about, but it is cool.

They use big bottom whorl spindles and spin on their legs, much like the Navajo. The B.C. people (there are SO many tribes and sub tribes I can't say exactly who did what where--sorry) seem to spin Chubby Singles! they have this cool roving holder (see the left side of the display). This one was carved as a bird. I love how they had/have such reverence for everything. They use the natural colors for designs. Their looms had a top and bottom branch which the warp wraps all around and is tied together onto a horizontal string which is then removed to get the piece off the loom.

In town I saw some lovely handspun/handknit sweaters for sale. Many of the tags were signed by the makers. The names seemed to be all women. The sweaters were selling from between only $150-$225 (C.D.). I think I should buy one next time. We were in a hurry for some reason (oh, right, we were going to meet Jim Ham--a master bass maker and show him Seth's newest bass and talk about the whole bass making business). Notice the chunky yarn. I really like the animal motifs-- I think these are orcas and eagles.

Most of the sweaters were zip front cardi's (with guaranteed zippers), but there was this one cool poncho tunic thing that I really liked. They also had big fat mittens, hats and ginormous socks, but I didn't get any photos of those.

Speaking of fiber, Port Townsend has 2 little knit shops, both of which even have a (very) little spinning fiber. Bought me a nice Della Q silk drawstring top baggie for 50% off at The Twisted Ewe and some threads for kumihimo at Diva Yarn & Trim. Now off for more shopping/sightseeing! It is really a lovely little old town!


arg0naut22 said...

hey lady,

good to hear from y'all. i don't have a blog (yet) and only pay attention to the blog of one other friend (from PA) but i like the freewheeling info/opinion dispensing. some of the weaving and bass stuff was beyond my ken, but i certainly appreciated the aesthetics y'all are striving for. loved the pretty pictures, though. especially, and with jealousy, the ones of victoria, b.c. perhaps one of my all-time favorite places. why are canadians like us but so much cooler? wish they needed more teachers there. damn!

more soon.



Sarah said...

Hey Laura,

Nice blog. Thanks for telling Steve and me about it.

The spinning and weaving may be coast Salish work. They spun mountain goat and wove lovely twill blankets. The Burke museum here in Seattle has hosted First Nation weavers and spinners on occasion.