November Drop-in: November 28, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Victoria Centre for Community Living, Victoria, BC at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (between Cedar Hill and Braefoot).

Jennifer from Jentile Rabbitry will  discuss the raising of angora rabbits for their wool, a brief discussion of different wool rabbit breeds, and how to work with angora fiber. She will be bringing one of her angora rabbits – Tuffto

November General Meeting – Thursday November 19 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Carey Pallister, Archivist, Sisters of St. Ann Archives, British Columbia will discuss the historical importance of fibre arts education in the lives of their students. Displays from their extensive textile collection will be available


October Drop-in: October 31, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Since Drop In night is actually Hallowe’en night, be prepared to see some of us in costume (and feel free to join in)


October General Meeting – Thursday October 19 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

ANWG 2017 Theme.

Speakers are the four scholarship recipients and Show & Tell will feature fibre projects by fibre enthusiasts who attended ANWG classes.

September Drop-in: Sept 26, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Join in at 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.

Location: 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (Community Living Victoria). Go up the stairs, inside, and down the hall on the right.

September General Meeting – Thursday September 21 (doors open at 7:00 pm)
Come to the September meeting with your ideas & wish list for program speakers!
Show & Tell by Saanich Fair Entrants
Introduction to Loom Weaving – October 2017 – FULL

This workshop is now full but we are keeping a waiting list. Please email if you would like to be added to the list.

October 15th to November 12th, 2017
Five Sunday afternoons – 1:00 pm to 5:00pm
Number of Students: minimum 3, maximum 6

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 may be required if you wish to have special yarn for your final project.

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

Hector “Pato” Flores [1931-2017]

Hector was a silk weaver by profession and a trade union leader in Chile’s Textile Workers Union. He emigrated from Chile to Canada in 1978 following the US supported coup and subsequent dictatorship in Chile of General Augusto Pinochet. After the coup in Chile, Hector was blacklisted for his union activities and unable to find employment anywhere.

In Canada, he worked for a number of years in Edmonton at the University Hospital and later, when he moved to BC, at the City of Victoria. He was regarded as a dedicated and conscientious worker who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. Hector was devoted to his adopted country, a very ‘proud’ Canadian and spoke out strongly about the need to ‘buy Canadian’. While still working he participated in a number of the humanitarian caravans to Cuba with Pastors for Peace.

Hector loved life and remained socially and physically active until two weeks prior to his passing. He was involved in many activities including the Victoria Weavers, sang and danced in Tango festivals, volunteered at the Greek festival, and a proud dishwasher and ping pong player at the Juan de Fuca Senior’s Centre. Hector is predeceased by Amelia (his first wife and mother of his two children; she passed away far too young from cancer). Ruth (his second partner, who, even after separation, he remained always a solid advocate for her, demanding services for her from the under-resourced mental health care system). Hector is survived by Noel Gunnerson, his wonderful and supportive partner of later years, his two sons Juan Carlos and Miguel, their partners Kirsten and Beata, his three grandchildren, Carlos Daniel, Fidel and Amelia, one great grandchild Avaya (daughter of Carlos Daniel) and numerous other extended family members.

There will be an ecumenical memorial service at 1pm, followed by a celebration of life at 2:30pm on Saturday August 19, 2017 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Rd, Sooke, BC. [Limited parking, car pool encouraged] In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Together Against Poverty Society 

June and Summer Guild Drop-Ins – Last Tuesday of each month 7-9 pm

Location: 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (Community Living Victoria). Go up the stairs, inside, and down the hall on the right.


No drop-in for June … we will all be getting ready for the ANWG conference which start on June 30.

July 25th will be a chance to share stories of the conference and work on techniques or materials picked up there.

August 29th is just before we start into the new season of Guild activity.
From past experience, when the day is very hot, the Drop In evening is cool under the shade trees at the back of the building.  Very pleasant.  Hope to see you there.