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

Two-day workshop by Kim McKenna, Washington USA Oct. 18 and 19, 2019, to be confirmed

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 (If we do not have sufficient paid registrations mid-April the workshop will not run – no last minute registration)

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.

Texere submission process info now online

We have now posted an overview of the submission process for members wishing to enter their work in the upcoming Exhibition & Sale. Please review the details and deadlines.  All forms are now online. Contact texereshowinfo@vhwsg.ca if you have any questions.


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


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.