Regular programs offered every year:

December: Christmas Potluck
March:   Ruth Anstey Memorial Lecture
May:        Joint Meeting with Deep Cove.
June:       Annual General Meeting and Stash Sale

Current Activities

(CANCELLED) April General Meeting – 16 April 2020, 6:30 pm

St. Aidan’s has closed their facilities in response to the COVID-19 crisis so our meeting is cancelled. We will reschedule the program for some time in the future.

Meantime, join our Facebook group to share your “social distancing” activities. Not on Facebook? Send a note and photos to outreach@vhwsg.ca
For sharing in the Facebook group and special newsletters to help us all stay engaged.


Doors open at 6:30 pm; Meeting starts at 7:30 pm
Bring your mug for tea/coffee; Visitors welcome

Library will be open, Show & Tell will include taking photos if you wish so bring your camera or cel phone, charged up and ready to go.

Our speaker this month is Mary Sanserverino. Her presentation will incorporate items for Show & Tell. Her outline follows:

“In many respects photography is a search for light, texture, dimension, and form – it runs on a continuum from the very abstract to the factual record. Practicing the art and science of photography is about learning to see in new and different ways, while still honouring our existing vision. Certainly it is about mastering the tools – be it high end camera or old smart phone. But, more importantly, it is about developing the flexibility to experiment (it’s only electrons after all), reflect on what worked and what didn’t, and incorporate experiences into the next photographic outing.

In this session we will take a look at a few of the technical basics behind photography, but will spend the majority of our time on compositional ideas – focusing on how to tell stories with photos.

Bring a piece or two of something you’d like to photograph, a digital camera, and/or a smart phone and we will do some hands-on practicing using ideas discussed earlier in the evening.”

St. Aidan’s Church, Lower Hall, 3703 St. Aidan’s Street, Victoria

Cancelled — March Guild Meeting

Diana Sanderson from the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, and  graduates of Capilano University Textile program, will present a selection of Nuno designs from the Anne Sutton Collection: Selected Innovations- Junichi Arai and Reiko Sudo

 

February General Meeting – Skill sharing

There will be 8 Skill Sharing stations with members showing: online resources, tablet weaving, Spinnette, sock machine, cable knitting without cable needles, designing with colour, breed study (wool samples), and double weave.

If you have anything left after the holiday gift-giving, do bring your work to share on the “Show” table.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; Meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Bring your mug for tea/coffee. Visitors welcome.
Library will be open.

The Dyer’s Interest Group will meet 7:00 before the meeting to discuss their projects for the Dyer’s Project Challenge.

January General Meeting – CANCELLED due to weather

Dear Members, 

 The Thursday, January 16, 2020  VHWSG meeting at St. Aidan’s church is CANCELLED due to the weather conditions.

The program will be moved to the February 20th meeting.

Everyone stay safe and warm!

November General Meeting – November 21, 2019

Get ready it’s Stash Busting time again!
Bring out those things that you just aren’t going to use and have someone take them off of your hands.
Make some room on your shelf so you can get some more really cool things with a little less guilt.

Show & Tell – Bring all your recent creations to share!

The Dyer’s Interest Group will meet 6:45 -7:15 before the meeting to discuss the upcoming Dyer’s Project Challenge. Bring your ideas, questions or let us know how your project is going.

October General Meeting – October 17; 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30)

Doors open at 6:30 pm; Meeting starts at 7:30 pm
Bring your mug for tea/coffee; Visitors welcome

Library will be open, Show & Tell table will be available (there will be limited time for “tell”-ing)

The Dyer’s Interest Group will meet 6:30 -7:00 before the meeting to discuss the upcoming Dyer’s Project Challenge.

Our speaker this month is Kim McKenna who will speak about her fibre journey, what she’s done to date and where she hopes her journey will take her in the future.  Kim was one of the more popular artists at ANWG 2017 held in Victoria (which was hosted by our guild). Kim excels in dyeing, colour, design, spinning, weaving, knitting, fibres, tools and techniques teaching a range of workshops including mulberry and non-mulberry silk spinning, forward Worsted Draft Twist spinning, and sock yarn spinning, synthetic low impact dyeing, nature dyeing, natural indigo bio-vat and stitched shibori, immersion dyeing (nuances and “behavior” of colour), dyeing hand painted yarns, lace and Aran knitting,  blending of dyed wool roving.

Here’s the excerpt from her website:
“Kim was instrumental in the development of Treenway’s Salt Spring Island Series, a line of handpainted tussah silk roving. She was published in Spin Off magazine’s 2005, 2007 as well as their ebook edition “Spin-Off Presents: All About Silk” as well as PLY magazine’s 2015 Winter Issue.  She has taught workshops and lectured on the arts of dyeing and spinning for weaving and spinning guilds, ANWG (Association of Northwest Weavers Guild), Fibres West, Knit City Vancouver, museums, Olds College (Fibre Week), schools, arts festivals, arts centers, fibre festivals and retreats. In 2013/14 Kim was the faculty member in charge the Spinning and Dyeing Program at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.

Kim believes that our hands are simply an extension of our hearts. Although she finds teaching and collaborative projects challenging and rewarding, they are no more satisfying or special than those everyday, ordinary, well-used items that we are able to turn by hand to grace our homes or the lives of a loved one.”

St. Aidan’s Church, Lower Hall, 3703 St. Aidan’s Street, Victoria

September General Meeting – September 19, 2019 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30)

Where did the summer go? Please join us for the September meeting and bring your summer projects and any entries that were in the Saanich Fair that you wish to share in our Show and Tell program.There is a special challenge using “Autumn Colors”.  Perhaps you were experimenting with natural dyes in your fiber work and can now share the results.We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful creations!

(Remember to bring your mug)

 

 

June – AGM, Stash Busting Sale, Show & Tell

The doors open at 6:30 pm. PLEASE no early birds!!!!

The Stash Busting Sale will begin when people have set up their tables shortly AFTER 6:30. Members are responsible for their own items and sales. All unsold items must be taken away at the end of the evening.

Business meeting begins at 7:30. The Annual General Meeting will include

  • Approval of Minutes from the AGM June 2018
  • Approval of Financial Report for 2018-19
  • Presentation, discussion and vote on two resolutions to change our Rules & Regulations (see your May or June newsletter for details)
  • Election of Directors & Committee Chairs for 2019-20 (see your June newsletter for the current slate of candidates – additional volunteers are welcome!)

Show & tell will round out the evening.

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.