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

Delores Churchill’s Haida Gwaii Harvesting, Weaving and Cultural Immersion

Paula Varnell is the eldest granddaughter of Master Haida Weaver Delores Churchill and the coordinator for her upcoming Haida Gwaii Spruce Root Harvesting, Weaving and Cultural Immersion, taking place July 20th-28th, 2018.  An invitation is extended to members of the guild that may have an interest in Haida basketry and culture. Attached  are the Brochure, Instructors Bio, and Booking Form for you to share.

Brochure and Registration Form

Instructors and Weavers

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”.

ANWG newsletter

ANWG newsletter is available online at northwestweavers.org

Particularly have a look at the new Members Gallery https://northwestweavers.org/gallery/– we are the FIRST guild to be featured with photos from this year’s Spin In. 🙂


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)
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.


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.