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:

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

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 


Share your preparations for the exhibition & sale on Instagram (hashtag  #terexe19) and see what others have posted!


“Weave Class II” offered by Brenda Nicholson

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: to be announced.
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.