VHWSG Organized Workshops

We welcome everyone to participate in our workshops.

To register, send a workshop registration form and a cheque or money order for the class fee payable to Victoria Handweavers & Spinners Guild by post to:

Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
University Heights RPO Box 31125
Victoria, BC, Canada   V8N 6J3

VHWSG members pay the member’s fee as listed in the course description.

Non-members can either pay the non-member’s fee or submit a VHWSG membership fee, the membership form and the regular member’s class fee all at the same time.   If you submit the membership fee, you will receive all the other Guild benefits in addition to the workshop.

Workshop fees are non-refundable but fees will be returned if the class is full by the time your registration is received.  Depending upon how often the class is offered there may be a waiting list maintained for the next session.

If you have any questions, contact workshops@vhwsg.ca

Upcoming Workshops

Introduction to Loom Weaving – Sunday afternoons September 20-October 25, 2020

Date: Sunday afternoons Sept 20 to Oct 25th (not including Thanksgiving)
Time: 1:00pm -5:00pm
Location: Weaving studio at Sunhill Farms (Old West Saanich Rd)
Cost: $210 for Guild members and $260 for non-Guild members
Materials: Looms and materials included
Class: Minimum 3 Maximum 6

Learn the vocabulary and basic skills of making your own fabric on a 4-shaft loom. The instructor 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 (approx. $20.00) may be required if you wish to have special yarn for your final project.

Please fill out a Workshop Registration form c/w cheque ( https://vhwsg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VHWSGworkshopregform.pdf )

Fiberworks Weaving Workshop – March 7 and 8, 2020

Date:  Bronze March 7, 2020 (FULL); Silver March 8, 2020
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm with a lunch break
Location: Victoria Community Living 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Rd (same place as our Drop-Ins)
Cost: $90/session (per day) for guild members and $120/session (per day) for non-guild members
Class Size: Up to 13 people will fit comfortably in the room
Materials: You will need to bring a computer with Fiberworks loaded on it. There is a trial copy for free but you cannot save your designs or print them.(Check out the website for more information:
http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com); Small binder or writing pad to take notes.

Registration: Please fill out a Workshop Registration form c/w cheque ( https://vhwsg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VHWSGworkshopregform.pdf )
Bring your lunch and snacks, tea and coffee will be provided

Day 1 Bronze Level: (FULL)
The focus is on the Bronze version, but it’s OK if participants have Silver

Basic editing functions
Drawing tools
Adding colours
Making your own colours
Inserting and deleting
Varying thread thickness
Selection, copy and paste
Moving ahead
Designing in the tie-up
Introduction to Block Substitution
Saving and organizing your files
Printing and image capture

Day 2 Silver Level:
Advanced functions available in Silver
Shaft shuffler
Block substitution
Free form design.
Pattern lines and Networks
Parallel repeats
The Sketchpad
Running the Dobby Loom
Layout considerations and threading
Loom and port setup
Weaving – sequence options
Corrections and Unweave
Marking out a range
Adding, editing or removing picks mid sequence
Diagnostic tools

If the loom section is omitted, I will do a quick review of key points from Day 1.

Beginners Spinning Wheel Class by Jill Yelland-Demooy (FULL)

This Workshop is now FULL

Nov 16th and 30th
1:00-4:00 pm
3 Students Max
$100 including Supplies and Equipment

Want to learn how to spin and create beautiful yarn in colours and textures that you want? Then come and join us for a beginning spinning class. You’ll learn how the wheel works and how to take care of it.. You’ll practice spinning with rolags, roving, batts and top and create your first yarn. Learning to ply will also be covered. There will also be some discussion on fleece preparation, using hand carders and drumcarders. Bring your own wheel if you have one and for those that don’t, there will be a wheel available to use.

Jill is currently in the Master’s Spinners program at Olds College in Alberta. She and her husband are actively involved in the farming community and Jill has been teaching kids in the 4H Club the value of the fleeces from their sheep, teaching them to spin, prepare and even dyeing.


Check out workshops offered in the past few years.

Contact workshops@vhwsg.ca with your suggestions for future workshops.

Other workshops of interest to Guild members:

If you teach workshops related to using fibre and are interested in listing your workshop on this page, please contact workshops@vhwsg.ca


Loom Weaving on Salt Spring Island  –  with Jane Stafford – workshops and retreats

Loom Weaving at Leola’s Studio – individual mentoring and group workshops (Duncan, B.C.)

Saori Weaving  –  with Terry Bibby. Salt Spring Island & Brentwood Bay

Knotty By Nature – workshops in weaving, spinning, felting, knitting and more.

Kim McKenna – workshops in spinning, dyeing, knitting


Kim McKenna – workshops in spinning, dyeing, knitting

Felting/Surface Design

Salt Spring Fiber Adventures – Laurie Steffler, Salt Spring Island