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

December Guild Get Together/Show & Tell – Dec 3, 7pm

Usually the Guild has a Holiday Potluck the first Thursday of December. Since this cannot occur in 2020, we still want an opportunity for Guild members to virtually get together and enjoy some seasonal festivities. Many members have been using their enforced social isolation to create beautiful spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, etc, for themselves and for gift purposes. The December guild meeting will provide an informal way to share those creations in photograph form. Of course, everyone is encouraged to come and watch, even if you do not have a project to share.

Please note that this meeting will occur the first Thursday (Dec 3) and not the third Thursday. The Zoom session will start at 7 pm. All Guild members are invited, including those who do not have a project to share. There will not be a business component to this Guild meeting. All Guild members will receive a link to this evening via email.

Guild members who wish to share their creations have two avenues:

We would use the ShareScreen function of Zoom. When it is those members’ turns to talk, they would “unmute themselves”, present their projects and answer any questions about them. Questions about how to use the ShareScreen Function can be addressed to Glenda S at zoom@vhwsg.ca .
For members who cannot participate during the live session, or cannot use the Share Screen function of Zoom, they can send their photos to Glenda S at zoom@vhwsg.ca and she will create a slide show for presentation on Dec. 3. Glenda MUST receive the photos for the slide show by December 2, 2020.

November Guild Meeting (Zoom) Nov 19, 12:00 NOON

UPDATE Nov18:  The start time for our meeting has been changed to begin at 12:00 Noon. Our speaker will join us at 12:30 pm. All members should now have an invitation to the online meeting in their email.

November’s virtual guild meeting will be held on November 19th.  Our speaker will be joining us via Zoom from England.  Due to the different time zones, the live session will start earlier in the day.  The guild business meeting starts at 11 am, and the speaker will join us at 11:30 am Pacific Time.  Elizabeth’s presentation will address passementerie and frame loom weaving, and will be recorded and available to guild members for one month.

All guild members will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting on the morning of November 19.

Here is a blurb from Elizabeth’s website: http://www.elizabethashdown.co.uk/

Elizabeth Ashdown MA RCA is an artist based in South East England and Toronto, Canada. She creates contemporary, hand woven artworks using the endangered craft of Passementerie. Only one of a few hand Passementerie weavers working in the UK today, Elizabeth combines traditional craft skills with a contemporary aesthetic in order to create intriguing and playful art works.

Intricate weaving techniques are combined with an energetic use of colour, pattern and material combinations to create one-off and bespoke artworks, both large and small. Elizabeth’s process is labour-intensive yet playful and intuitive. Every part of her work is created by hand – from carefully dyeing silk yarns in vibrant colours, to spinning cords and weaving.

Elizabeth’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the UK and abroad. She has produced exclusive handmade artworks for clients such as Liberty, the Clothworkers’ Company, Cassamance and Camira Fabrics, as well as undertaking bespoke commissions for private clients. Elizabeth is represented by Future Icons – Future Icons represents the best contemporary craft and design makers in the UK.

October Guild Meeting (via Zoom) – 3:30 PM Thursday, October 15

Please note that due to the time zone difference from our speaker’s home in Pennsylvania our live meeting will be starting at 3:30 pm, with the program itself starting at 4:00 pm after the business meeting. For those who cannot join the meeting at that time, we will be recording the session and will make it available to guild members only for a limited time afterwards. All guild members will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting by email on the day of the meeting.

Our Speaker:

Deb Brandon, author of the book Threads Around the World, will be the program speaker through Zoom at the guild meeting on Thursday, October 15.    There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

To learn about Deb, check out the following link:     https://passionpassport.com/textiles-threads-around-the-world/

You must be a member of the guild (Active, Life, Student or Associate) to participate in this Zoom session.  If you are unsure whether you have renewed your membership, etc., please contact membership@vhwsg.ca  well in advance of the meeting.

 

Vote for your favourites in the Saanich Fair Challenge

Welcome to the Guild’s Saanich Fair Fall Challenge!

It is an annual tradition that many of our guild members submit their creations to the Saanich Fair Needle Arts event. This year, of course, the Saanich Fair and our in-person guild meetings were cancelled due to the public health emergency. We wanted to go ahead and showcase the artistry and creations of our members, so we developed this virtual gallery. Guild members submitted captioned photographs of their creations according to ten categories.

Visitors to the virtual gallery can vote for their favorites (instructions are on the gallery page – click the link below).

Visit the gallery!  Saanich Fair Challenge — click here!

At noon September 17th the voting will be closed, and the People’s Choice winners will be announced at the Guild meeting (7 pm — 9 pm). Winning submissions (one per category) will have virtual ribbons applied to their photographs after the meeting.

Guild Meeting (Virtual) – September 17, 2020

This meeting will be held online through Zoom. Details for accessing the meeting will be distributed in September.

Since the Saanich Fair has been cancelled, we providing a way for our members to submit their “Needle Arts” works into to a virtual display. Members are welcome to enter as many items as they like. Judging will be based on People’s Choice voting, with ten different categories (see list below). Ribbons (virtual) will be awarded to those that are chosen in each category.

  1. Participants must be members of the Victoria Handweavers & Spinners Guild, or their special invitees.
  2. Each submission must consist of a colour photograph of the finished project, with a description of the materials used and the category for which it is being submitted (see list of categories below).
  3. You may enter as many items as you wish. There will be a “door prize” (maybe two!) – a “ticket” will be added for each entry into the show and tell. Winning “ticket” will be drawn during the Guild Zoom meeting on the 17th.
  4. Items must have been created since the 2019 Saanich Fair.
  5. All submissions must be received by September 4, 2020 (email to programs@vhwsg.ca ). Please put Saanich Fair Challenge in the subject line. The photos will be displayed on the website. Members will vote using the same system we used for the Emily Carr Challenge (click on “Like” of the preferred entry).
  6. Announcement of the winners will occur during the Guild Zoom meeting on the 17th and the winning entries will be listed on the website.

If you have questions concerning the competition, please send them to programs@vhwsg.ca.

Categories for the Saanich Fair Challenge:

  1. Handspun skein from raw fibre, not less than 25 yards
  2. Handspun skein, not less than 25 yards (commercially prepared fibre)
  3. Knitted or crocheted article of clothing, from handspun skein
  4. Needle felted article
  5. Wet felted article
  6. Weaving, clothing article, any size (e.g, scarves, shawls, jackets, etc.)
  7. Weaving, non-clothing article (e.g, towels, placemats, rugs)
  8. Handwoven basket
  9. Tapestry, any size
  10. Any other wool/fibre art article not listed
Emily Carr Challenge Winner Announced

Congratulations to Helen Thomas who won the People’s Choice Award for her the shawl she knitted from her handspun yarns. See all the entries at:
https://vhwsg.ca/activities/show-tell/emilycarrchallenge2020/

Programs – we are finding ways! The Saanich Fair Challenge

Our program committee has been working hard to find the way forward in this time of physical distancing and have come up with some terrific ideas. Here is the first, a plan for September.

September Meeting (September 17, 2020)

This meeting will, it is assumed, be held online through Zoom. Details for accessing the meeting will be distributed in September.

Since the Saanich Fair has been cancelled, we providing a way for people to submit their “Needle Arts” works into to a virtual display. Everyone is welcome to enter as many items as they like. Judging will be based on People’s Choice voting, with ten different categories (see list below). Ribbons will be awarded to those that are chosen in each category.

Each submission must consist of a colour photograph of the finished project, with a description of the materials used and the category for which it is being submitted. The item must have been created since the 2019 Saanich Fair. All submissions must be received by September 4, 2020 (email to programs@vhwsg.ca ). Please put Saanich Fair Challenge in the subject line. The photos will be displayed on the website. Members will vote using the same system we used for the Emily Carr Challenge (click on “Like” of the preferred entry) . Announcement of the winners will occur during the Guild Zoom meeting on the 17th and the winning entries will be listed on the website. If you have questions concerning the competition, please send them to programs@vhwsg.ca.

Categories for the Saanich Fair Challenge:

  1. Handspun skein from raw fibre, not less than 25 yards
  2. Handspun skein, not less than 25 yards (commercially prepared fibre)
  3. Knitted or crocheted article of clothing, from handspun skein
  4. Needle felted article
  5. Wet felted article
  6. Weaving, clothing article, any size (e.g, scarves, shawls, jackets, etc.)
  7. Weaving, non-clothing article (e.g, towels, placemats, rugs)
  8. Handwoven basket
  9. Tapestry, any size
  10. Any other wool/fibre art article not listed
The Guild is Zooming

The guild has purchased a licence to use Zoom, an online communication tool, for the next year. We are planning to use Zoom to hold meetings, present speakers and possibly even hold workshops, beginning in September. In the meantime, some guild groups like the Just 4’s and some spinning groups have been meeting via Zoom. These groups and any other guild groups who would like to meet virtually are welcome to use the Guild Zoom account. If you wish to use the Guild Zoom account for a Guild event, contact Christine Purse, at zoom@vhwsg.ca and I will get you started. If you have not used Zoom before, I can help with that too. If you would like to volunteer to learn how to use Zoom and help with running meetings, please let me know.

June – AGM is coming / “Emily Carr” Challenge Items

The VHWSG cannot hold its AGM (Annual General Meeting) at St. Aidan’s due to the Covid-19 restrictions so the executive has decided to hold the voting via email. Everyone received an email message on June 5, including an outline of the process. Anyone who did not receive that email, please FIRST check your spam/junk folder to see if it was “quarantined”, and then contact president@vhwsg.ca to let us know. You will be receiving additional email messages to complete the AGM process so it is important that you are receiving our email. Voting will take place between June 19 and June 25, 2020.

And, although our May joint meeting with DCWS had to be cancelled, people did pursue the “Emily Carr” challenge that would have been displayed at that meeting. Instead, we have posted the show online, with an opportunity for you to vote for your favourite – and yes, there is a prize! Click the link below to view the show.

Joint Meeting Challenge 2020 – Emily Carr

Enjoy the Show!

 

(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