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.

Texere – Exhibition and Sale by our members

Thirty days and counting!!!  We hope you are as excited as we are about this event – it’s going to be a wonderful way to share our talents with the community. Don’t forget to tell your family, friends, their friends, neighbours and anyone else you can think of about Texere so we’ll have a great turn out. If you know a good place to put up a poster or info cards, please contact texereshowinfo@vhwsg.ca

There are also links to download or print copies of the promotional cards on the Texere info page.

The deadline for receipt of items for Texere is Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Location is Freedom Kilts at 1919 Fernwood Street (around the back where there is parking). Alternatively, you can drop-off you items (with all required forms/fees) at the March 26th Drop-In at Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road from 7 to 8:30pm.

An overview of the submission process for members wishing to enter their work in the upcoming Exhibition & Sale is on our website. 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!

 

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.