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


Leap and the Loom Will Appear runs Sept. 21 to Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 1359 Cartwright St.on Granville Island. An opening reception takes place Sept. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. and Sola will be in attendance.

LEAP AND THE LOOM WILL APPEAR is an exhibition by world-renowned, senior Canadian fibre artist Sola Fiedler, known for her tapestry tributes to cities that have hosted Olympic Games. Her work captures the architectural and spiritual elements of each city, at that moment in time. For the first time, Fiedler’s Las Vegas and Salt Lake City tapestries will be exhibited together, alongside the Vancouver tapestry, generously loaned for this exhibit by the Canuck Place. The iconic Canada 150 flag and the new Granville Island tapestry will also be presented with a retrospective of Sola’s earlier vintage works, totaling 17 pieces.

For more information:

About Sola

Vancouver fibre artist spends years weaving city landscapes


Beginning Spindle Spinning

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.
Thursdays Oct 11 and Oct 25; 7 – 8:30pm
Cost: $75
Class size: minimum 2, maximum 3 people
Please contact the instructor at 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

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

Introduction to Loom Weaving
October 21stto November 25th, 2018

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

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