Saturday, August 7, 2010

Up the Coast

Summer in BC and we head up to the Sunshine Coast, a short ferry ride north of Vancouver.

We arrive at Gibson's Landing. The Canadian television series, "The Beachcombers" was filmed here and this restaurant featured prominently in it.

Gibson's Landing was named after George W. Gibson, a Royal Navy lieutenant, who settled here in 1886.
The harbour is beautiful but what really caught my eye was this houseboat.
The owner, who lives on the boat, must have the greenest thumbs in the world.

The next day, the Sunshine Coast doesn't quite live up to its name--a bit grey and drizzly--a perfect day to explore. We find the Fibre Works Studio and Gallery and the opening reception for the "Synthesis" exhibit, featuring works by the Studio Art Quilters Association, showcased in a yurt!

We go through the gallery door...

... and find an amazing display of art quilts, as well as baskets, wooden pieces, and other treasures.

Then we enter another yurt, the studio of fibre artist, Yvonne Stowell. This amazing woman weaves, spins, dyes, and knits handspun yarns and exotic fibres. Her studio is a feast for the eyes.

She took the time to explain the process of creating this beautiful shawl.

What an inspiring afternoon! For more information, check out her website,


  1. What a wonderful place to visit and that houseboat is so beautiful all covered in flowers. The yurt is a nice idea for a fiber artist, really shows off the natural beauty of fiber art.


  2. I was there last week whilst visiting my brother who lives near Gibsons. Yvonne is truly an amazing lady and the Fibre Works Centre is wonderful. The Fibre Festival in Gibsons was also a must to visit. We met lovely people everywhere.