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

Annual Potluck Dinner – Thursday, December 6

Have fun, enjoy food and get to know fellow guild members!
Please invite your partners and friends to join us.

When:  Thursday, December 6, 6:30 – 8:30

Where: Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club, 4105 Lambrick Way (Beside Gordon Head Recreation Centre)

What to bring:

Food to share (sweet or savory) in a dish ready to serve with serving utensils.

Your table setting: cutlery, plates, glasses, mugs, table cloth/place setting/napkins, good spirits (We DO NOT do dishes, so everyone brings dishes and takes them away at the end of the evening.)

Evening activities: decorate your table,  show off your own creations;  social mixer activities and games (bring you own favorite game); prizes

Collection: Donations for Sandy Merriman House. Suggested items:

  • Towels – all sizes (don’t have to be new)
  • Tampons and sanitary pads – all sizes/shapes
  • Knitted hats, mittens and scarves – for women
  • Underwear and socks – NEW –all sizes
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, make-up, nail clippers, emery board
  • Nail polish is very popular!
  • Non-perishable food items: canned soups, noodle soup packages, crackers, peanut butter, etc.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

November Drop-in Tuesday November 27, 2018 (7pm-9pm)

Join in to share your skills and meet other members. Bring your spinning, knitting, baskets to work on. Bring your questions – we will all pitch in to help you answer them.

Come and learn about and/or try Core Spinning with Prairie Escalier. Prairie will demonstrate how to create fancy yarns with this technique.  If you wish to try it out, you will need to bring:

  • Bobbin of thick yarn (at least this size of your little finger)
  • Bobbin of thin thread (sewing thread weight)
  • Interesting specialty fibre like sari silk, bits of angora or other specialty fibres, mohair is the best specialty yard to learn with; don’t forget locks if you have them and 2 lazy kates are the best but anything that can hold a spool of thread on one side and a bobbin of wool on the other will do fine.
  • Your spinning wheel and bobbins to work with.

Note that there will (probably) be a spinning wheel that you can try out this technique, but you will need your own if you wish to take the results home.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria



Shadow Weave Workshop – March 2019
Jennifer Verrall will be teaching a workshop on Shadow Weave the first weekend in March. Participants will each warp a loom for different patterns in this weave structure, and everyone will weave a sample on each loom. Students will become familiar with the structure and its possibilities and learn to design their own patterns.
If interested in the Shadow Weave Workshop, contact Jennifer Verrall (  This workshop is not suitable for beginners. Exact dates and location to be determined and a notice will be sent out when registration opens.
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).

Spin-In 2019

Saturday February 23, 2019, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton
Registration fee – $20

For full information see the SpinIn Activity page.


October General Meeting – Thursday October 18 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Texere The big reveal

will include details on how to participate, simple guidelines to help everyone participate in the exhibit and sale to showcase your own special talents!

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 on the website ).




September General Meeting – Thursday September 20 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Pre-meeting: 7 pm BIG give away table and Sale of books and equipment. (NO early birds except for those who wish to help set up the tables!)

Business meeting: Approve budget for 2018-19. See attached proposed budget

Activity: Show & Tell – please bring your entries in the Saanich Fair and everything you have been working on over the summer. Don’t forget to fill out a descriptive label (format available on the website) to place with your item on the table. The label not only provides nformation for everyone looking at your item, but is also your entry into the draw for a free membership next year. The format for Show & Tell will be the new one introduced last year – a brief introduction to everyone will be provided by the chair person, then everyone can view the items and their creators up close. It is NOT necessary for creators to spend all their time with their items – we all want to be able to view each others work

August Drop-in

August 28th 7-9 pm at Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Rd

Drop-In happens on the last Tuesday of every month and is an excellent time to connect with other fibre enthusiasts and work on your projects. For this Drop-In, you can also drop off items that you have entered in the Saanich Fair for delivery to the Fairgrounds.

Introduction to Loom Weaving – FULL

Introduction to Loom Weaving
October 21st to November 25th, 2018 (Now Full)

Five Sunday afternoons (not November 11th) – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Number of Students: minimum 3, maximum 6

Cost: $210.00 for Guild members, $260.00 for non-members
Make cheque payable to The Victoria Handweavers’ & Spinners’ Guild
Mail to:
Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
University Heights R.P.O.
P.O. Box 31125
Victoria, BC
V8N 6J3

Learn the vocabulary and basic skills of making your own fabric on a 4-shaft loom. The instructor will lead you through making a warp and dressing a loom as well as weaving techniques and planning a project. No experience or equipment is required, but if you have your own loom, please let the instructor examine it before class. An extra materials fee (approx. $20.00) may be required if you wish to have special yarn for your final project.

Overshot and its Blocks and Rules

Learn to read an overshot draft. Learn about profile drafts. Learn about blocks as they are the foundation to all weaving structures. There will be 4 samples of Overshot to weave. The looms are a variety of floor looms. They will be warped and ready for you. This is the first time I am offering the course, I am expecting it to be 5 weeks with 4 hours class time each week. Sunday afternoon starting September 9 th. I will have space for 4 students. The prerequisite for the class would be a beginners weaving class and you should be able to read a simple draft. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by email. or phone 250-415-6547.
When: Five weeks beginning Sunday, September 9 afternoon, 4 hours.
Cost: $175 Guild members/ $200 non-members / Materials fee $20

To register: Send a Workshop Registration  form and a cheque or money order for the class fee payable to Victoria Handweavers & Spinners Guild by post to:

Workshops Chair
Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
University Heights RPO Box 31125
Victoria, BC, Canada V8N 6J3