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

Drop-In August 27: “Explore Chain and Other Types of Plying with Christine Purse”

If you’ve sent in your entry form and fees to the Saanich Fair but can’t take your items out yourself on Thursday the 28th, someone will be at the Drop In to collect your items and have them taken to the Fair Grounds for you

July Drop-In: Fleece Preparation

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. This is an informal time to get to know each other and share our knowledge and interests.

Come and share your knowledge about  “Preparation of Fleece”. We will walk you through the various steps and tools involved:

  1. Skirting,
  2. Scouring,
  3. Removing Vegetable Matter (VM),
  4. Picking,
  5. Combing,
  6. Carding and
  7. Spinning.

Members (and visitors) will be able to see (and try out) different hand combs, hand carders, and drum carders. There will also be a demonstration with the picker. Attendees are welcome to bring clean fibre that they would like to practice on. The venue does not permit us to demonstrate the different scouring techniques, but we will be able to discuss them and help you determine which process to use for your particular fleece. This is a timely Drop-In topic, given that Fibrations 2019 is on August 18, and there will be vendors with fleeces!

As a side note, it is always a good idea to be up to date on your tetanus shot if you are handling fleece and playing with sharp items. You can make an appointment with your physician to get a tetanus shot.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria
If the weather is nice, we will be set up with tables under the trees by the parking lot.

  • The Natural Dye Interest Group will have an informal meeting during the Drop-in to share experiments from the past month.
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.

June Drop-in – Chemical Dyes

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. This is an informal time to get to know each other and share our knowledge and interests.

Come and share your knowledge about Chemical Dyes. We will not be doing any dyeing but bring your examples of dyeing – fabric, fleece or yarn.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria

  • The Natural Dye Interest Group will have an informal meeting during the Drop-in to share experiments from the past month.
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.

Drop-in Tuesday May 28 (7:00-9:30)

3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (Community living Victoria)

Spring! Colour! Dyestuffs! Bring your natural dyed bits, natural dye stuffs, stories, and adventures with making colour. Discussions should be interesting, and the evening might even be the jumping off point for a dye group project or two. We shouldn’t risk dyeing in the building, but we can learn and make plans. It’s not too late to plant a dye garden.
You can come and listen (or not) even if you’re not interested in dyeing.
(Next month: chemical dyes)

Huck and Bronson Lace Workshop by Kathy Ready

The workshop will feature 4 lace weave projects on 4 different floor looms. I will take a motif and translate it into blocks and then into a project draft with the tie up. You will learn the blocks and rules for these lace weaves. The looms will be warped and ready for you.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact by e mail: kathready@shaw.ca.

Sunday afternoons starting May 26, 2019, 4 weeks possibly 5 with 4 hours class time each week.

$190 for Guild Members; $230 for non-members, materials fee included

4 students maximum

Prerequisite: Need to have taken a beginners weaving class and be able to read a simple draft.

To register fill out the Workshop Registration form and bring it with payment to a meeting or send it by post to the Guild mailing address.

Drop-in Tuesday April 30, 2019 – 7:00-9:00 pm

Texere—To all those who had items at TEXERE, your unsold items and cheques for sold items will be available for pick up at the Drop-In on 30 April.The Drop-In is from 7 –9 pm at the Victoria Centre for Community Living at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (between Cedar Hill and Braefoot).

Texere – Exhibition and Sale by our members

Come one, come all! We are having an Exhibition of our members’ work.

Check out the interviews with some of our members to learn more about what we do: Art Openings Reviews

A wonderful collection of items ready for the show have been posted on Instagram –  see the wide range of Fibre Arts that will be on display!

Visit the VHWSG Facebook page for photos and videos of our members’ work and “at work”.

Don’t forget to tell your family, friends, their friends, neighbours and anyone else you can think of about Texere. If you know a good place to put up a poster or info cards, please contact texereshowinfo@vhwsg.ca

Item Pickup for Exhibitors:  All items not sold will be picked up and cheques delivered at the April 30 Guild Drop-In night, 7:00-8:30pm at Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (between Cedar Hill and Braefoot). If you, or your designate, cannot make this time, please contact texereshowinfo@vhwsg.ca 

 

Share your preparations for the exhibition & sale on Instagram (hashtag  #terexe19) and see what others have posted!