2024 April Guild Meeting – April 16, 7pm
Our guest speaker for this month will be Kimberly Nelson, known for the last ten years as The Artful Acorn, is a curiosity driven natural fibre artist. When not working full-time for a non-profit agency, she indulges in tiny basketry, cordage making, nålbinding, knitting, tablet weaving, embroidery, hand-sewing, felting, singlade bollar stitching, multi-strand braiding, bead collecting, plant material foraging, and other obsessive pursuits. Kimberly has taught hundreds of students a variety of traditional crafts, and recently had a piece about nålbinding published in a feature article in an international magazine. She lives in a small house with her two kids, two cats, and a ridiculous quantity of yarn and dried dandelion stems. Kimberly looks forward to sharing her passion for natural cordage and tiny basketry with you at the April guild meeting!

Doors open at 6:30 so you can peruse

  • the Free Table (items brought by guild members to be taken home by others without charge),
  • the Library (full members can sign out books and or magazines for a month or until the next meeting) and
  • items brought for the ‘Show and Tell’ table.

The business meeting will begin at 7 pm.

A Challenge  for the September, 2024 meeting,

We challenge to you make a tea towel or mug rug to match your favourite cup or mug.   Please be ready to display your item with the cup or mug at the Guild meeting on September 17 th.  (Hint: This can be after they have been entered into the Saanich Fair.)   There will be prizes!

90th Anniversary Garment Challenge, Fashion Show and Tea

The Victoria Handweavers and Spinners Guild was formed on March 7, 1934, when a group of ten women met at the Women’s Institute to teach weaving: (https://vhwsg.ca/about/guild-history/)

In celebration of the Guild’s 90th anniversary, we are holding a Garment Challenge, Fashion Show and Tea on May 5, 2024, starting at 1:00 pm. The event will be held at the Victoria Scottish Community Centre at 1803 Admirals Road. Parking is limited so car-pooling or public transportation is encouraged. Please approach from the Gorge Road area for easy access to the parking lot.

While waiting for the Fashion Show to begin, you’ll be enjoying a light and lovely tea and visiting with members and guests.

We have 24 entries for the Fashion Show which will be reviewed by independent judges on April 10, 2024. We have many awards and prizes which the judges will determine.

We are still looking for a volunteer (or two) to help the models with dressing and stying the garments so they look their best. An excellent opportunity to have a good look at the workmanship of the entries. Please send an email to show@vhwsg.ca if you are interested. We’d love to have your help!

To attend, please register at (attendance registration form). Guests of members are welcome attend with you. The cost per person is $15, payable by e-transfer to treasurer@vhwsg.ca. Deadline for registration is April 26 at 5:00 pm.



See also the FAQ page

Introduction to Weaving Workshop

Learn the vocabulary and basic skills of making your own fabric on a 4-shaft loom.   The instructors 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 may be required for your final project.

September 21st, (not October 12th) to October 26th, 2024


Guild Helpline

Helpline within the Guild –  gethelp@vhwsg.ca
The aim of the help line is  to help make connections between members easier. The challenge for many of us is what to do or who to talk to when we need help or support, want more information, have a question or problem. The help line provides one place for any member to make an initial contact with a guild member who can assist them.