The Fashion Show held on May 5, 2024 was a great success!

Voting for the People’s Choice award has closed and the winner is Lee’s long tunic. You can still look through all the items by clicking on the link below.

People’s Choice for the 90th Anniversary Fashion Show

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: (

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 23 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.

Registration to attend the Fashion Show closed on April 26 at 5 pm.


For more details see the FAQ page.

Here are the Rules and Regulations:

  • Items must be finished in 2023/24 – yarns and fabric can have been created prior to this (as in taken from the stash).
  • Descriptions must be submitted by March 27, 2024, using the provided JOT form.
  • Garments will be dropped off at locations to be announced on April 5 and 6, 2024.  Other arrangements can be made by request by sending email to .
  • Descriptions must include fibre content, whether yarn is handspun or commercial, artist(s) who created the item and their roles, when it was created, all techniques used, any commercial fabric included (such as lining, or contrasting or coordinating details), any details that add uniqueness to the item.
  • Credit must be given for the pattern (self-drafted, commercial pattern, website, etc.).
  • Entries are limited to VHWS Guild members (Regular, Associate, Life and Student).
  • Submissions can be made by individuals or teams
  • Limit of 3 submissions in different categories per Guild Member (including team efforts).

And the Award Categories:

  • Best Representation of the 90th Anniversary –
    • This could be a 1930’s style garment, something in the Guild colours, or be made in such a way to represent 90 candles, etc.  This is open to the imagination!
  • Best Use of Recycled Materials –
    • This is an opportunity to unravel and recreate a sweater, remake an unsatisfactory project, etc.
  • Best Top (not outerwear) –
    • Tops include something you can wear with a nice pair of pants or a skirt.
  • Best Dress / Complete Outfit –
    • A lovely dress or a complete outfit (for example, top and pants)
  • Best Outerwear –
    • A jacket, cloak, cape, anything you’d throw on over your lovely handmade top or dress or outfit!
  • Best Accessory Set –
    • Examples of accessories include a matching hat and gloves, a scarf and mittens, a shawl and hat, etc….(minimum of 2 pieces)
  • Best Use of Local Fibre/Yarn –
    • If you’ve found something local (from BC), sing its praises and wear it proudly!
  • Best Garment created from raw fibre (handspun, felted, etc.) –
    • So many options as you’re starting from the beginning!
  • Best Knitted / Crocheted Garment –
    • Show off your needle skills, handspun or not, nothing beats a handmade sweater or jacket (yes, commercial yarn is eligible).
  • Best Woven Garment –
    • Another handmade, one-of-a-kind garment to wear with pride! Cloth can be woven using handspun or commercial yarn.
  • Best Team Entry –
    • Did you help someone?  Did they help you? Tell us about how you combined your talents.
  • Best Use of Stash Materials –
    • Have something in your closet that you wove a few years ago?  Some handspun that’s just been sitting and waiting for its turn?  Well, now’s the time!
  • People’s Choice –
    • On the day of the event, you’ll have a chance to vote for the garment that takes your breath away!

For more details see the FAQ page.