Regular programs offered every year:

December: Christmas Potluck
March:   Ruth Anstey Memorial Lecture
May:        Joint Meeting with Deep Cove.
June:       Annual General Meeting and Stash Sale

Current Activities

November General Meeting – November 21, 2019

Get ready it’s Stash Busting time again!
Bring out those things that you just aren’t going to use and have someone take them off of your hands.
Make some room on your shelf so you can get some more really cool things with a little less guilt.

 

 

October General Meeting – October 17; 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30)

Doors open at 6:30 pm; Meeting starts at 7:30 pm
Bring your mug for tea/coffee; Visitors welcome

Library will be open, Show & Tell table will be available (there will be limited time for “tell”-ing)

The Dyer’s Interest Group will meet 6:30 -7:00 before the meeting to discuss the upcoming Dyer’s Project Challenge.

Our speaker this month is Kim McKenna who will speak about her fibre journey, what she’s done to date and where she hopes her journey will take her in the future.  Kim was one of the more popular artists at ANWG 2017 held in Victoria (which was hosted by our guild). Kim excels in dyeing, colour, design, spinning, weaving, knitting, fibres, tools and techniques teaching a range of workshops including mulberry and non-mulberry silk spinning, forward Worsted Draft Twist spinning, and sock yarn spinning, synthetic low impact dyeing, nature dyeing, natural indigo bio-vat and stitched shibori, immersion dyeing (nuances and “behavior” of colour), dyeing hand painted yarns, lace and Aran knitting,  blending of dyed wool roving.

Here’s the excerpt from her website:
“Kim was instrumental in the development of Treenway’s Salt Spring Island Series, a line of handpainted tussah silk roving. She was published in Spin Off magazine’s 2005, 2007 as well as their ebook edition “Spin-Off Presents: All About Silk” as well as PLY magazine’s 2015 Winter Issue.  She has taught workshops and lectured on the arts of dyeing and spinning for weaving and spinning guilds, ANWG (Association of Northwest Weavers Guild), Fibres West, Knit City Vancouver, museums, Olds College (Fibre Week), schools, arts festivals, arts centers, fibre festivals and retreats. In 2013/14 Kim was the faculty member in charge the Spinning and Dyeing Program at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.

Kim believes that our hands are simply an extension of our hearts. Although she finds teaching and collaborative projects challenging and rewarding, they are no more satisfying or special than those everyday, ordinary, well-used items that we are able to turn by hand to grace our homes or the lives of a loved one.”

St. Aidan’s Church, Lower Hall, 3703 St. Aidan’s Street, Victoria

September General Meeting – September 19, 2019 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30)

Where did the summer go? Please join us for the September meeting and bring your summer projects and any entries that were in the Saanich Fair that you wish to share in our Show and Tell program.There is a special challenge using “Autumn Colors”.  Perhaps you were experimenting with natural dyes in your fiber work and can now share the results.We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful creations!

(Remember to bring your mug)

 

 

June – AGM, Stash Busting Sale, Show & Tell

The doors open at 6:30 pm. PLEASE no early birds!!!!

The Stash Busting Sale will begin when people have set up their tables shortly AFTER 6:30. Members are responsible for their own items and sales. All unsold items must be taken away at the end of the evening.

Business meeting begins at 7:30. The Annual General Meeting will include

  • Approval of Minutes from the AGM June 2018
  • Approval of Financial Report for 2018-19
  • Presentation, discussion and vote on two resolutions to change our Rules & Regulations (see your May or June newsletter for details)
  • Election of Directors & Committee Chairs for 2019-20 (see your June newsletter for the current slate of candidates – additional volunteers are welcome!)

Show & tell will round out the evening.

Monthly Meeting – Joint meeting with Deep Cove

May is our annual joint meeting with the Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild.  The meeting this year will be hosted by the Deep Cove Guild at the Central Saanich Senior Centre Auditorium, 1229 Clarke Rd. Brentwood Bay

The Challenge for the meeting is: Water – A Resource & Inspiration

Bring your Challenge items, other Show & Tell items and your own mug for tea/coffee.  The Deep Cove guild will provide the refreshments.

March Memorial Meeting – March 21, 2019 (doors open at 6:30)

The March program has traditionally been a special lecture named in memory of Ruth Anstey, one of several members, who left money to the guild after her death. This year the guild celebrates its 85 birthday. The program presents the Salish Weavers. The library will be open and Texere will have a table where members can pick up advertising posters, hanging and sales tags, etc.

The Salish Weavers: Hereditary Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph, both of the Squamish Nation will be sharing their knowledge of wool weaving practiced by their people. They are active weavers and teachers now. They value how weaving, ancestry, identity and community create connection and understanding between people now and to their past. They created L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to explain their journey in weaving and education.

February General Meeting – February 21, 2019 (doors open 6:30)
The meeting schedule will be slightly changed tonight:
6:30   Doors open
7:00   Display of works by our speaker
7:30   Presentation by fibre artist Nancy Wesley
8:30   (approx, following the presentation) Business meeting
8:40   Show & Tell

Presenter:  Nancy Wesley will speak about her fibre “journey” – what she has done to date and where she hopes her artistic journey will take her into the future.

Nancy is a graphic designer by trade and her passion for the last decade has been felt-making. Her work shows her love of line and simple geometric shapes. She prepares hand dyed wool roving and combines tuffs of coloured wool “like brushstrokes of paint” to mimic nature’s myriad shades and dept of colour. You can read more about Nancy at her website: http://www.nancdesigns.ca/

January General Meeting – Thursday January 17 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Doors open at 6:30. Library opens at 7:00. Don’t forget your cup for tea/coffee. *There will be no Show and Tell in tonight’s program.

Demonstration Night  A “skills fair” where members share special skills with everyone through individual displays available throughout the evening. The topics you can learn more about include:

Natural Dyes; Knitting Machines; Weaving doubleweave; Rug Hooking;
Icelandic Fleeces; Yarn Design; Give spinning a try!

Also see the Spin-In table for tickets and the Texere table for more information about entering the exhibition.
*There will be no Show and Tell in tonight’s program.

November General Meeting – Thursday November 15 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Doors open at 6:30. Library opens at 7:00. Don’t forget your cup for tea/coffee.

Six Guild Members who attended a workshop entitled “The Class of Wool” on Pender Island in October, will share some of what they learned with stories and pictures.
Show & Tell will follow the program – please remember to label your items when you place them on the table. Forms will be provided at the meeting (or can be downloaded from the website).