Selk Workshop

Workshop Report

Silken Kaleidoscope

Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary's Report on their Grant to Guilds Workshop



April arrived with a late spring snowstorm and a whirlwind of activity for the Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary. Karen Selk, managing owner of Treenway Silks on Salt Spring Island arrived to present Silken Kaleidoscope, a 3 day workshop on weave structure and colour. 

With intriguing names such as Monet’s Garden, Double Weave Pizza Cloth, Medallions, Vibrating Colour and Weave, Iridescence, and more, fourteen participants loom-hopped their way through the beautiful samples of silk, fine wools and cottons including Fox Fibre Cotton.


 Each participant rose to group and personal challenges as Karen shared her love and knowledge of silk in her patient and quiet manner. We were pleased to welcome six members from outside the Guild, including Lois Larson from Camrose and five from the Sheep Creek Weavers Guild. 


Seventy-five Guild members and their friends were able to hear about the personal and commercial journey that silk has allowed Karen to explore. Her travels through Thailand, Laos, India, Burma, China and Bhutan researching silk rearing and silk traditions has given her a wonderful insight of Asia and its cloth artisans. 


Over Karen’s 25 years of travel, she has gathered a fascinating wealth of raw and processed silk samples, fine handwovens and photographs that she was pleased to share.


Thank you to the Hand Weavers Spinners and Dyers of Alberta for the generous grant that allowed us to bring Karen Selk to Calgary, for the benefit of the fibre arts community.  Ruth Anne Rudack

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