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
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.
If interested in the Shadow Weave Workshop, contact Jennifer Verrall (  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).

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.


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 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