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

Spin-In Registration now open

Online registration for Spin-In 2020 (February 22) is now open. Visit the Spin-In page for details.

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.

Show & Tell – Bring all your recent creations to share!

The Dyer’s Interest Group will meet 6:45 -7:15 before the meeting to discuss the upcoming Dyer’s Project Challenge. Bring your ideas, questions or let us know how your project is going.

Guild Drop-In – Calculating sett and sampling with handspun yarns
Drop-In night November 26 7-9pm

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

3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (Community living Victoria)

This month Laura Proctor will share her experiences and methods for determining the appropriate sett when weaving with handspun yarns for which there is no “master sett chart”. Bring some samples of yarn you would like to weave with and we will work through the steps needed to make your first sample. Everyone is invited to share their methods for calculating setts – bring some examples to share with the group.

The Dyers Interest Group will break out at 8 pm to discuss their project planning.

Introduction to Loom Weaving – Sunday afternoons September 20-October 25, 2020

Date: Sunday afternoons Sept 20 to Oct 25th (not including Thanksgiving)
Time: 1:00pm -5:00pm
Location: Weaving studio at Sunhill Farms (Old West Saanich Rd)
Cost: $210 for Guild members and $260 for non-Guild members
Materials: Looms and materials included
Class: 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 (approx. $20.00) may be required if you wish to have special yarn for your final project.

Please fill out a Workshop Registration form c/w cheque ( https://vhwsg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VHWSGworkshopregform.pdf )

Project Planning Workshop – January 19 & 26 and February 2, 9 & 16, 2020

Date: Sunday afternoons January 19, 26, February 2,9 & 16th, 2020
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Weaving studio at Sunhill Farms (Old West Saanich Rd)
Cost: $165 for Guild members and $215 for non-Guild members
Materials: You may use your own yarns or order from Jane Stafford Textiles
Class: Minimum 3 Maximum 8

Plan your next project under the guidance and mentorship of experienced weavers, make your warp and dress your loom. Bring and use your own loom (or arrange to use a floor loom at studio).

The first class will be planning your project and determining the type and amount of yarn you will need. You may use your own yarns or order for your project from Jane Stafford Textiles.

Please fill out a Workshop Registration form c/w cheque ( https://vhwsg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VHWSGworkshopregform.pdf )

Fiberworks Weaving Workshop – March 7 and 8, 2020

Date:  Bronze March 7, 2020; Silver March 8, 2020
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm with a lunch break
Location: Victoria Community Living 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Rd (same place as our Drop-Ins)
Cost: $90/session (per day) for guild members and $120/session (per day) for non-guild members
Class Size: Up to 13 people will fit comfortably in the room
Materials: You will need to bring a computer with Fiberworks loaded on it. There is a trial copy for free but you cannot save your designs or print them.(Check out the website for more information:
http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com); Small binder or writing pad to take notes.

Registration: Please fill out a Workshop Registration form c/w cheque ( https://vhwsg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VHWSGworkshopregform.pdf )
Bring your lunch and snacks, tea and coffee will be provided

Day 1 Bronze Level:
The focus is on the Bronze version, but it’s OK if participants have Silver

Basic editing functions
Drawing tools
Adding colours
Making your own colours
Inserting and deleting
Varying thread thickness
Selection, copy and paste
Moving ahead
Repeats
Designing in the tie-up
Liftplans
Introduction to Block Substitution
Saving and organizing your files
Printing and image capture

Day 2 Silver Level:
Advanced functions available in Silver
Shaft shuffler
Block substitution
Free form design.
Pattern lines and Networks
Interleaving
Parallel repeats
The Sketchpad
Running the Dobby Loom
Layout considerations and threading
Loom and port setup
Weaving – sequence options
Corrections and Unweave
Marking out a range
Adding, editing or removing picks mid sequence
Diagnostic tools

If the loom section is omitted, I will do a quick review of key points from Day 1.

October Drop-In

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.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road – upstairs.

This month talk with members who attended Kim McKenna’s spinning workshop about what they learned to improve their spinning.

The Dyers’ Interest Group will finalize planning for this year’s Dyer’s Project Challenge – join us at 8pm to contribute your ideas or learn how to get involved.

Beginners Spinning Wheel Class by Jill Yelland-Demooy (FULL)

This Workshop is now FULL

Nov 16th and 30th
1:00-4:00 pm
3 Students Max
$100 including Supplies and Equipment

Want to learn how to spin and create beautiful yarn in colours and textures that you want? Then come and join us for a beginning spinning class. You’ll learn how the wheel works and how to take care of it.. You’ll practice spinning with rolags, roving, batts and top and create your first yarn. Learning to ply will also be covered. There will also be some discussion on fleece preparation, using hand carders and drumcarders. Bring your own wheel if you have one and for those that don’t, there will be a wheel available to use.

Jill is currently in the Master’s Spinners program at Olds College in Alberta. She and her husband are actively involved in the farming community and Jill has been teaching kids in the 4H Club the value of the fleeces from their sheep, teaching them to spin, prepare and even dyeing.

 

Drop-In September 24, 2019, 7-9:00 pm

Make a ‘Cedrus Deodora’ Rose with Brenda and Barbara. You will be guided to make your own stemmed rose from Deodor Cedar cones. All materials will be provided along with a small donation box for supplies.

3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria (Community Living Victoria)

 

 

Downtrodden Art – Floorcloth Painting Workshop

Make two 24 x 36 cotton canvas mats. No painting experience necessary – hand painted – freehand/stamps/stencils. Include preparation, design, finishing and care.

10:00 – 1:00 Sat & Sun Sept 21-22

Cost $105 plus $20 materials

To register contact Diana Smith at dsmith2006@shaw.ca

 

ArtPod Gallery & Studios,

Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre, 4495 Happy Valley Road

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)

 

 

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.
Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises (May 17-Dec 31)

May 17 – Dec 31, 2019

Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria

Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises is an exhibition highlighting Maya civilization past and present.

The exhibition boasts the world’s largest and most impressive display of Maya objects from Guatemala, and features more than 300 precious jade, ceramic, gold, stone and textile artifacts reflecting classic and contemporary Maya culture.

This exhibition coincides with UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Languages and highlights the 30 Maya languages that are still spoken today by almost half the population of Guatemala.

Reclaimed, Reworked, Reborn: a Retrospective of Works by Catherine Mick

Reception – July 20 1-3pm
Exhibition – July 17-28 Wednesday to Sunday 11:00-5:00
At Coast Collective, 103-318 Wale Road, Colwood
More information www.coastcollective.ca/events/reclaimed_reworked_reborn/

This exhibition will showcase the upcycled textile garments of Catherine Mick, who has spent a lifetime experimenting on how to repurpose fabrics to give garments a new life.  Catherine is a spinner and a weaver, so she breaks old garments with worn out sections down to their most basic components and then spins and weaves beautiful new fabrics from them.

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!

 

“Weave Class II” offered by Brenda Nicholson – FULL

This class is intended to be a sampler of weave structures including lace and two-shuttle weavings. This is a ‘round robin’ class, so students will weave samples in the studio on a variety of looms during class time. Directions to Sunhill Orchard Studio will be supplied to registered students.

Dates: September 22, 29, October 6, 20, and 27, 2019 (Sunday afternoons) 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Minimum 3 students, Maximum 9 students.

Cost: Members $335 / Non-members $385 (includes materials)

Workshop application available on the Guild website under ‘Forms’. Please complete and submit

Drop-In March 26, 2019 (7:00-9:00)
You will see the usual collection of spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting workers. No telling who will show up with what projects or questions!
Interested in learning how a diz is used in spinning? Have your own ideas of how to use a diz. Come learn and share at this drop-in evening.
Please note that between 7 – 8:30 pm you can also drop-off Texere entries for the exhibition and sale, along with the completed $20 entry fee, inventory list, artist’s biography with photo, and Texere hangtags. If you need help filling out any of the forms, we will be there to help
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.

Fleece Judging Workshop – June 1, 1:00-3:00

Learn to skirt a fleece and assess its wool qualities. This workshop will reflect the Olds College Fibre Week class on Wool Judging.  It will be a hands on examination of a number of different local sheep fleeces.  We will review scoring sheets and you will go home with samples.  The workshop will be held in a warehouse in Sidney on Saturday, June 1, from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Coffee and tea provided.

Maximum participants: 6

Instructor: Jill Yelland-DeMooy

No workshop fee.

Please complete workshop application form from the Guild website and submit to Guild mailing address.

Forward Worsted Draft Twist Workshop – FULL

Two-day workshop by Kim McKenna,  Oct. 18 and 19, 2019

Cost: $218 for Guild Members, $258 for non-members

Materials fee of $30—$85 to be confirmed by Kim later Maximum—8 students 

Place: Registered participants will receive the location for the workshop by email in the fall.

Deadline: completed registration by mid-April 2019 (This workshop is now full.)

During this workshop, Kim analyzes and tweaks your signature/default spinning technique before delving into the world of the Forward Worsted Draft Twist. More than an “inch worm” technique, this twist method results in strong, lustrous yarns with incredible drape. With simple adjustments to your spinning technique, Kim will teach you how to: 

  •  Spin a yarn with more or less loft
  •  Control your yarn’s grist/thickness and
  •  Create a softer or harder yarn
    After this workshop, you will realize the value of adding this skill to your spinning arsenal. Materials for a two- day workshop include wool from four very different sheep breeds.
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/

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.

Needle Felting Workshop – March 10, 2019

Learn Needle Felting to create a 4” tall black-faced sheep. Techniques for felting with locks will be taught to create his curls. No experience necessary. All materials included.
Date: Sunday March 10, 12–4:00 pm
Place: The Victoria Centre for Community Living, Victoria, BC at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (between Cedar Hill and Braefoot).
Cost -$80 for Guild members; $120 for non-members

Instructor: Nancy Wesley. (website at http://nanc-studio.blogspot.com)
Use registration form on website and submit cheque to Guild address.

January Drop-in – January 29, 2019 (7:00-9:00 pm)

A busy night scheduled this month!!

  • the Texere committee will have a presence at the Drop-In to answer questions and sell hang tags;
  • the natural dye samples (onion skins, marigold, correopsis) missing at the Demo Night display will be on hand;
  • And, postponed from November …

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

ANWG 2019 Conference details online, registration starts Jan 27, 9am

The Final Schedule of 2 Day Conference Workshops and 2 hour Seminars have been posted under Workshops and Seminars Schedule.

Online Registration begins Sunday, January 27th at 9:00am PST.

Online forms to submit items for an Exhibit or the Fashion Show at the conference are now online. Forms must be submitted by April 1, 2019.

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.

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
This workshop is presently full. Things happen, however, so please contact jenniferverrall@gmail.com or workshops@vhwsg.ca if you’d like to be on the waiting list, and we’ll contact you if someone has to drop out. The three-day workshop will be on March 1, 2 and 3 at a local studio.

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.

This workshop is not suitable for beginners. Exact dates and location to be determined and a notice will be sent out when registration opens.
Guo Pei: Couture Beyond – At the Vancouver Art Gallery

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is the first Canadian exhibition devoted to the work of Guo Pei, China’s preeminent couturière. This mid-career survey features more than forty complete looks from Guo Pei’s most iconic runways from 2006 to 2017. The exhibit is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 13 2018 to January 20, 2019.

Read more about Guo Pei and the exhibit.

 

 

 

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).

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

Beginning Spindle Spinning – FULL

Beginning Spindle Spinning
Let your fingers learn the magic of turning fibre into yarn!
Two sessions, 3 hours total. In the first session, we will learn about fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning sheep fleece into yarn. I expect you to practice making yarn between the two sessions. In the second session, we will learn about plying on your spindle and finishing yarns for knitting or weaving. You may bring your own spindle or borrow one for the duration of the class. Spinning fibre provided. Class will be held at instructor’s house near UVic.
Thursday Oct 11 and Tuesday Oct 23; 7 – 8:30pm
Cost: $75
Class size: minimum 2, maximum 3 people
Please contact the instructor at thornton.sj@gmailcom if you would like to take the class but need other dates in October.

Hats off to the West Coast

Art Show “One of a Kind Hats, Head Wear and Touques”

Jurried Show & Hat Market

Opening reception November 26 from 2pm to 4pm

November 26-28, Open Daily 11 – 4

www.ladysmithwaterfrontgallery.com

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. kathready@shaw.ca 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

June Drop-in Tuesday June 26, 2017 (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.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria

May 14-20 – Friday Fibre Friends at the ArtSea Gallery, Sidney
Friday Fibre Friends
May 14-20 (This week!)
At the ArtSea Gallery, Tulista Park, Lochside and Weiler, Sidney, BC.
Open 10am-4pm Daily
Website artsea.ca
May Drop-in: May 29, 2017 (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.

As well as the usual visiting and activities, we’ll be putting together a team and practicing to compete for the Salt Spring Island Sheep to Shawl competition in July. If you’re interested in ‘auditioning’ for the team, let Brenda know at the Drop In

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria

May Joint Meeting with Deep Cove – Thursday May 17 (start 7:00 pm)

The meeting will be held at the Elk  Lake  Baptist  Church 5349 Patricia Bay Hwy.    (This  is  the “new” church hall located further back from the highway, up the  hill  from  the “old” hall.  Parking  is  near  the  new hall).  Theme  of  the  Guild  Challenge  is “Black  & White, with  a  Little  Red”.  Show & Tell Theme is “The  First  Thing  I  Ever  Made”.

Beginning Spindle Spinning

Let your fingers learn the magic of turning fibre into yarn!

Two sessions, 3 hours total. In the first session, we will learn  about fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning sheep fleece into yarn. I expect you to practice making yarn between the two sessions. In the second session, we will learn about plying on your spindle and finishing yarns for knitting or weaving. You may bring your own spindle or borrow one for the duration of the class. Spinning fibre provided. Class will be held at instructor’s house near UVic.

Thursday May 3 and Wednesday May 16, 7 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $75
Class size: maximum 3 people

To register visit vhwsg.ca/activities/workshops/

Your registration is not complete until your cheque has been received by the Workshops Chair.

April General Meeting – Thursday April 19 (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Business:
At the April general meeting, the following motion will be proposed with the intent of raising membership fees in the upcoming year.

We move that Article 3.1 in the VHWS Guild Rules and Regulations shall be amended to read “Active Members are required to pay annual dues of $40″ and article 3.2 shall be amended to read ” Annual dues for Associate Members and Student Members shall be $20.

Program:

Our originally planned guests, Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George of The Weaving House, are unable to be with us for the April 19th meeting. We are hoping that they will be able to present at a future meeting in the coming year.

The new plan for April 19 is: “Le Grande Show & Tell”. This will be show & tell with a different format for this occasion. It will provide an opportunity for the guild to interact with Show & Tell participants on a more personal level, to ask questions, and to hear more detailed information from the creators about their creations. For those who wish to participate with their creations for “Le Grande Show & Tell”, please read the following:

SET UP –  We will spread out the tables down the far side of the room, the front of the room, and perhaps the back as needed. During set up, I will ask people with similar genre articles to group themselves together at the same tables. Each participant will be asked to write descriptive & interesting details about their creative process for their individual articles on a new Show & Tell Sheet. You can view (and print) a copy of the sheet. Click HERE for the Show & Tell Sheet.
PRESENTATION – When it is time for Show & Tell, I will ask the participants to go to their spots at the tables. Then I will ask each of them to introduce themselves to the group by name, to hold up their creation, and to give only one unique sentence to describe their show & tell. After all have been introduced in this way, the “audience” will be invited to move between the tables as they wish, to discuss the creations with the individual creators in more detail.
March Drop-in: March 27, 2017 (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.

The theme this month will be Showing your work at the Saanich Fair. We invite those wondering about presenting their work at the Saanich Fair to come and learn more about the process and get inspired to enter in this year’s Fair. There will be a “mock judging” of a number of items and time to talk about preparing and presenting your work.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria

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

The Ruth Anstey Memorial Lecture – Coleen Nimetz: Instructor with the Olds College Master Spinners’ Program & Instructor with “Ply Away”.  Author of Articles in “Spin-Off” & “Ply”. Exhibitor in the Tzouhalem Guild Show at Cowichan Bay.

Coleen has taught everything from technical aspects of spinning to spinning luxury fibres, as well as natural & chemical dyeing. She will be speaking about her experiences working & living on a Silk Farm in Laos, as well as her current focus, reeling filament silk from cocoons and working with the various types of silk. As Coleen says, “My passion is silk.”

 

Bast Fibre Spinning Workshop (Salt Spring Island)

March 16-18, 2018. Lions Club Salt Spring Island. Taught by Gayle Vallance. The workshop fill familiarize you with the various bast fibres availalbe to spinners today, including spinning methods, dye processes.

Workshop cost approx $120.00. A materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor.

To reserve a place in the workshop, send a $50.00 non-refundable deposit to Mary Paddon, 115 Marina Crescent, V8K2R2. Should you not be able to attend, you can have someone else take your place. Every effort will be made to fill your spot from a waiting list; and if successful, your money will be refunded. Cheque should be made out to the Salt Spring Island Weavers and Spinners Guild.

Drop-in on dyeing – Tuesday, Feb 27, 7-9 pm

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 month a focus on DYEing – bring your samples, your recipes, your stories and your interests to share while we knit/spin/talk for the evening.

Community Living Victoria   3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road 7 – 9 pm

Spin-In 2018 – Saturday February 24th 9:30 am (updates)

Victoria Spin In 2018

Mark the date of Saturday 24 February in your calendar, dust off your spinning wheel or spindle and plan to spend the day spinning with us at the Saanich Fairgrounds in the large Main Hall and Dogwood Room! Knitters and other fibre enthusiasts are welcome too.

Doors will open at 9:30 am.
We will have coffee, tea and baking for you. Please bring your own lunch and a mug.

Vendors

We have assembled a great cast of vendors: Knotty by Nature, SpiritSong Fibre Studio, Inca Dinca Do, Tideview Farm and Silverwood Farm (Icelandic roving and fleece), Jill’s Fibres and Fairview Farm (Cotswold fibre).

Equipment Sale

We will be offering an opportunity for those attending Spin In to sell equipment that you are no longer using and wish to pass on. You will be asked to label the equipment with your name, contact information and price. Buyers at the Spin In will negotiate with you directly. You will be responsible for removing unsold items at the end of the day.

Book Sale

The book sale will proceed as last year. Bring any fibre related books you wish to sell. No Magazines. All unsold books must be removed by the seller at the end of the day.

Registration

Registration is $20, payable by cash, cheque (to VHWSG), or Paypal or e-transfer to thornton.sj@gmail.com. If paying electronically, please include your name and town/guild affiliation in the comments. Payment received after registration is full will be refunded. There is currently space available and there will be a registration table at the February guild meeting.

Volunteers:

We could use some more individuals willing to help set up or clean up on the day. A sign up sheet will be passed around the February meeting, but please feel free to volunteer on the day because many hands make the work light! Thanks.
If you are willing to donate baking/snacks for Spin In, please contact spinin@vhwsg.ca

 

Willow Weaving I

Saturday, March 24, 2018  – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Number of students: minimum 3, maximum 8

Join Johanne Byskov in a one-day workshop where you learn to weave with willow to create a small basket. This is a great course for beginners. Materials will be supplied. Please bring clippers and your lunch.

Cost: $60 for Guild members, $90 for non-members

To register visit http://vhwsg.ca/activities/workshops/

 

Willow Weaving 2

 

May 26 and 27, 2018

Saturday and Sunday – 10:00am to 3:30 pm

Number of Students: minimum 3, maximum 10

For those who have completed Willow Weaving I or who have some experience with basket weaving, Johanne Byskov will lead you in a two-day workshop to create a large willow basket, incorporating more advanced weaving patterns.  Materials will be supplied. Please bring clippers and your lunch.

Cost: $75 for Guild members, $135 for non-members

To register visit http://vhwsg.ca/activities/workshops/

 

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

Caroline Trepanier, “The Design Coach”.
The evening will feature Caroline’s achievements in her Montreal Design Business of 20 years, followed by some details of her past two years of travels & design work on the West Coast of British Columbia, including her work with the weavers of Powell River

 

 

January General Meeting – Thursday January 18 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Demonstration Evening & Wear What You Made Theme.

A number of exciting volunteers have come forward to demonstrate their skills and are planning to demonstrate some very interesting and unique skills:

Weaving:
Using Your Handwoven Stash to Create Woven Gift Boxes;
Warping a 4 Shaft Table Loom;
Weaving of the Theo Moorman Technique for Inlay / Surface Design;
Weaving a Jakima (Narrow Band) / Backstrap Weaving of Peru;
Sakiori Weaving of Sari Silk on a Saori Loom

Spinning:
Art Yarn from Locks & Batts;
Flax Spinning
Re-use of Fabric Structures to Produce a Variety of Yarns for Many Purposes;

Needle Felting

Circular Sock Knitting Machine

There will be No Show & Tell but have a look around for people wearing what they made.

The Art of Creation, Making a Pattern and Sewing a Vest

March 4 to April 1, 2018
(If it is necessary to cancel any class, there may be a make-up date on April 15th.)
Three Sunday afternoons – 1:00 pm to 5:00pm
Number of Students: minimum 4, maximum 6
Caroline Trepanier, our featured speaker in February, is presenting a workshop on creating garments from your hand woven material. Please have a look at the detailed description and biography Caroline has provided.
Cost: $425.00 for Guild members, $475.00 for non-members

To register visit http://vhwsg.ca/activities/workshops/

Read Caroline Trepanier Workshop Description (pdf).

 

Introduction to Loom Weaving – January 2018 (Full)

January 21st to February 18th, 2018 

This class is now full.

(with the possibility of snow, there may be a make-up date on February 25th)

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

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 workshops@vhwsg.ca 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.

Dates:

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.

June General Meeting – Thursday June 15th (doors open at 7:00)

AGM Voting for 2017-18 Executive

Show and Tell: Bring all challenge projects, featured study group project, and other recently completed items.

Stash Sale: Bring fibre, books or equipment that you no longer use.  Please price and sell your own items – unsold items must be taken home with you.

ANWG Newsletter – Spring 2017

ANWG Spring Newsletter has recently been added to “Fibre links” under other Guild Newsletters

May Joint Meeting with Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild – Thursday May 18 (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Venue: Brentwood Library Building, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay

Join us for the annual joint meeting with the Deep Cove Weavers and Spinners Guild, featuring Jane Stafford as the speaker. Deep Cove is hosting this year. The meeting will be held at the Brentwood Bay Senior Center, 1229 Clarke Rd, Brentwood Bay. Parking is limited, so consider carpooling. Note: There will be no Show-and-Tell, no challenge, and no library at this meeting. Also, please bring your own mug.

May Drop-in: May 30, 2017 (7pm-9pm)

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

The theme for the May Drop In is ‘Lace'( in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday).  Lace weight spun yarn, lace woven fabric, or whatever lacey thoughts you have. Of course, you are welcome to come with whatever projects you wish, or come empty-handed to visit and see what is going on.

April Drop-in: April 25, 2016 (7pm-9pm)
Location: 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (Community Living Victoria). Go up the stairs, inside, and down the hall on the right.
The theme this month is “Silk.”
March Guild Drop-in

March 28, 2016 (Last Tuesday of the month ongoing) Time: 7pm – 9pm

No theme has been decided, so bring whatever suits your fancy, work on a project or two, and/or visit.

March 16, 2017 Ruth Anstey Memorial Lecture

This year’s Ruth Anstey lecturer is renowned tapestry weaver Jane Kidd. Jane’s work has been exhibited in shows around the world and is found in many provincial and national public and private art collections.

There will be no regular meeting, no Show-and-Tell, and no library

Felting with Laurie Steffler – Friday, Apr 21 (cancelled)

Make a Fantastic Felt Hat or Jazzy Felt Bag using the seamless resist technique, incorporating embellishments and colour blending. Students may do only one project during the workshops. More details see www.saltspringfiberadventures.com/workshops.html

Date: Friday, April 21 – 9:30 to 4:30
Location: Goward House Art Room, 2495 Arbutus Rd
Cost: $135 plus merino fleece which you can provide yourself or purchase from the instructor
Class size: maximum 8 people

Contact workshops@vhwsg.ca for more information. Registration information. Please note that registrations will be accepted by post or at the March 16 VHWSG general meeting on a first-come, first-served basis. If insufficient registrations are received, the workshop will not run, so please do not wait, register early.

This workshop was cancelled March 22 for lack of registrants.

Victoria Spin-in (Full)

Victoria Spin-In – Saturday February 18, 2017, 10 to 4 at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 528 Stellys Cross Road, Saanichton,BC V8M 1S8

Registration limited to 80.

Bring your own lunch and mug Coffee, tea and goodies provided. There will be a Book Sale instead of show & tell so bring any fibre related books you wish to sell. No Magazines.

Vendors: Chaotic Fibres, Fairview Farm, Inca Dinca Do, Knotty by Nature, Humming Bee Farm,
Qualicum Bay Fibre Works, Silverwood Farm, & Tideview Farm

February Guild Drop-in

“Experiments” – what sort of fibre-y things have you experimented with, what was the outcome, and what did you learn?

February Meeting

Lorelei Sommer will share her experiences—and the project she created—in the Master Spinner Program.

January Guild Drop-In Date: January 31, 2017 (Last Tuesday of the month ongoing) Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (Community Living Victoria). Go up the stairs, inside, and down the hall on the right.
Scholarship recipient Carole Davidson will present about her experiences at the Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts (MISSA) workshop on Shibori, Indigo, and Natural Dyes.

January General Meeting -January 18, 7:30 – doors at 7:00

January: Kiltmaker Steve Ashton will kick off our 2017 programming with a presentation about custom kilt-making, along with the history, design and weaving of tartan fabrics.

December Annual Christmas Party – December 8
December: No regularly scheduled meeting. Instead, please join us for the annual guild Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club.
Bring a potluck item, a serving spoon/fork, and your place setting. We will have the traditional White Elephant gift exchange, which is always lots of fun!
We also will be collecting toiletries to put into Welcome Kits for the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society.
The types of items that go into their basic kit: bar soap, full size shampoo/condition, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair brushes, combs, full sized lotion, and Kleenex. Optional items could be razors, face cloths, nail files, bath salts, hand wipes, etc.
Or you can help fill a kit for children with kid themed items: no tears shampoo/conditioner, bubble bath, bath toys, yummy flavoured toothpaste and soft toothbrushes.  There are lots of ways to package and present these Welcome Kits. Enclosed in a zip lock bag, tucked into a pretty cloth pouch, or all tied up with a bow in a gift bag.

 

November General Meeting – November 17, 7:30 – doors at 7:00

November General Meeting:
Guild member, and master spinner, Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa will make a presentation

Coast Salish Spinning: Looking for Twist, Finding Change
Coast Salish textiles are masterpieces of sophisticated weaving and spinning techniques, but they have been the subject of very little research over the years. Liz recently conducted a research project to add to the body of knowledge about this work. She studied more than 60 Salish robes, blankets, sweaters and balls of yarn from the 19th and 20th centuries. In her talk, she will show, and discuss, three styles of textiles from three different time periods—classic patterned blankets (1800-1880); plain twill blankets (1830-1940); and Cowichan sweaters (1900-1950).

Drop-in Night – Speed Dating with Spinning Wheels – Tues, Oct 25 – 7-9pm

We’re having a Spinning Speed Dating event! Come try lots of different spinning wheels and see what you like or dislike about the different kinds. Bring wheel and fibre if you can (but come try even if you don’t have a wheel to contribute to the pool!). How many different wheels can we get into one room?!

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

Beginning Spindle Spinning Workshop – November 8 & 22

Two meetings, 2.5 hours total. In the first meeting, we will learn about fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning sheep fleece into yarn. I expect you to practice making yarn between the two meetings. In the second, we will learn about plying on your spindle and finishing yarns for knitting or weav- ing. You may bring your own spindle or borrow one for the duration of the class. Spinning fibre provided. Class will be held at instructor Sarah Thornton’s house near UVic.

Contact workshops@vhwsg.ca for more information. Registration information.

Tuesday Nov 8, 7-8:30pm and Tuesday Nov 22, 7-8pm Fee: $60 members, $70 non-members
Class size: maximum 3 people

October General Meeting – October 20, 7:30 – doors at 7:00

Did you know the VHWSG has a permanent collection of fibre arts pieces? At the October general meeting, collection curator, and guild member, Jean Betts will make a presentation about the collection and its history. She’ll also bring some important pieces from the collection to show and discuss. This will be a look-but-don’t touch situation. To protect the archival pieces, they are not to be handled without museum-quality gloves!

See some of the pieces displayed at the meeting on Jean’s blog .

Note: Lorelei Sommer’s Master Spinner Program presentation will now take place in the new year.

Introduction to Loom Weaving

October 2 to 30, 2016
Five Sunday afternoons – 1:00 pm to 5:00pm

Cost: $200.00 for Guild members, $250.00 for non-members

Number of Students: minimum 4, 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 materials for your final project

Dress a Loom Class

September 25, 2016 (one day)
10:00 to 5:00 (Bring your own lunch)

Class fee: $60.00
Number of Students: minimum 4
Join guild member Brenda in Cathy & Tracy’s lovely weaving studio in Central Saanich to warp a loom. This class is set up to have students participate in all parts of the process of warping a 4-shaft loom from back to front. This is a great introduction to the processes needed to set up a loom for weaving, and will give students the techniques needed to warp their own looms or decide whether they wish to continue with weaving.

Welcome to our new website

We are in the process of moving to a new home for our website. We are continuing to use  WordPress to manage our site, but it will now be located on servers in Langford, B.C. (islandhosting.com)

Have a look around the site. Comments from Guild members who would like to contribute content, volunteer to help maintain the site or who notice errors that need fixing, can be sent to website@vhwsg.ca

 

September General Meeting – September 15, 7:30 – doors at 7:00

Fall is almost here, and that means it’s time for the Guild’s annual Saanich Fall Fair Show-and-Tell. Bring your fair submissions and ribbons to display and discuss at our September meeting. If you didn’t enter the Saanich Fair, feel free to bring any other project you’re proud of to present at our Show-and-Tell.