It's been 40 years since western Colorado weavers and spinners started the San Juan Weavers Guild and its annual Show & Sale. Their 40th anniversary sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Holiday Inn Express, 1391 S. Townsend Avenue in Montrose (next to Safeway). The public is invited to share in the celebration. There is no admission charge, and the one-day event will feature demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on learning for all ages, as well as a huge selection of items for sale for the home and for personal use and gifts.
Normally held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Weavers Guild sale is a longtime holiday-season tradition in Montrose, and experienced shoppers line up before the doors open for the best choices. However, the large inventory ensures that there will be a good selection throughout the day.
Even the organizers don't know exactly which and how many items will be included until the night before. "Inventory is checked in the day before the sale," explains Bobbie Irwin, who along with Evelyn Roseberry is coordinating this year's event. "We are always amazed at the quality and amount of handcrafted items offered, and we work hard to maintain the high standards for which our sale has become known."
An abundance of household items, including towels, napkins, runners, rugs and baskets, will be available. Expect scarves in a vast assortment of fibers, colors and yarns, along with other personal accessories suitable as gifts for yourself or others. Classy clothing from handwoven fabric or knitted from handspun yarn are often featured, and there are toys for children and pets.
Education is always an important part of the show. Throughout the day, guild members will demonstrate weaving, spinning, and other fiber arts such as felting. Children and adults alike may try their hand at these time-honored crafts, at no charge.
Exhibits are also part of the guild's educational outreach. This year, in celebration of the guild's 40th anniversary, we'll show "Then and Now" -- examples of our early work and more recent creations, along with descriptions of how our skills and interests have evolved over the years.
A second exhibit will show the results of the guild's annual design challenge. Members exchanged postcards or photos early in the year and used them to inspire an amazing variety of creations.
The San Juan Weavers Guild meets in Montrose the third Saturday of most months during the school year. (The sale replaces the November meeting, and a holiday potluck is scheduled earlier in December.) An informal spinners' gathering and potluck lunch is held monthly year-round in Delta.
The guild welcomes anyone interested in the fiber arts, at any level of experience. Many monthly meetings feature special programs and sharing sessions, and workshops offer new learning experiences. Educational outreach is included at certain public events. For information, contact Bobbie Irwin, 970-249-2981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.