The following workshops have been offered over the past few years.


[FULL] Introduction to Loom Weaving – September 12th to October 25th, 2021

September 12th to October 25th, 2021

Five Sunday afternoons (not  the 19th or Thanksgiving) – 1:00 pm to 5:00pm

Number of Students: One space open

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.

Cost: $350.00

Fill out the Guild Workshop registration form,

AND

Send a  cheque payable to  The Victoria Handweavers’ & Spinners’ Guild

Mail to:

Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, University Heights R.P.O. Box 31125, Victoria, BC V8N 6J3

Backward Worsted Draft Workshop with Kim McKenna – FULL

This workshop is currently FULL. If people are interested in another workshop with Kim, we can start a waitlist. Please email workshops@vhwsg.ca

This Workshop will be on line, a computer with Zoom video and audio will be required to participate in the workshop. The workshop is planned for later in Sept/21 but we are required to confirm participation by March. If you are interested in taking the workshop, please email workshops@vhwsg.ca to confirm.

Workshop Description:

Session I:            Backward Worsted Draft Twist and its Nuances

Session II:           2 Ply yarns

Session III:          3 ply yarns

Note: Students would spin singles as homework for Part II and Part III. Also leaving about 2 weeks between Part I and II gives people time to spin the singles for the plying exercises in Part II. Part III can be one week after Part II as there is not as much homework.

 

(cancelled) 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 )

Project Planning Workshop – January 19 & 26 and February 2, 9 & 16, 2020

Date: Sunday afternoons January 19, 26, February 2,9 & 16th, 2020
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Weaving studio at Sunhill Farms (Old West Saanich Rd)
Cost: $165 for Guild members and $215 for non-Guild members
Materials: You may use your own yarns or order from Jane Stafford Textiles
Class: Minimum 3 Maximum 8

Plan your next project under the guidance and mentorship of experienced weavers, make your warp and dress your loom. Bring and use your own loom (or arrange to use a floor loom at studio).

The first class will be planning your project and determining the type and amount of yarn you will need. You may use your own yarns or order for your project from Jane Stafford Textiles.

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
Repeats
Designing in the tie-up
Liftplans
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
Interleaving
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.

 

Huck and Bronson Lace Workshop by Kathy Ready

The workshop will feature 4 lace weave projects on 4 different floor looms. I will take a motif and translate it into blocks and then into a project draft with the tie up. You will learn the blocks and rules for these lace weaves. The looms will be warped and ready for you.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact by e mail: kathready@shaw.ca.

Sunday afternoons starting May 26, 2019, 4 weeks possibly 5 with 4 hours class time each week.

$190 for Guild Members; $230 for non-members, materials fee included

4 students maximum

Prerequisite: Need to have taken a beginners weaving class and be able to read a simple draft.

To register fill out the Workshop Registration form and bring it with payment to a meeting or send it by post to the Guild mailing address.

“Weave Class II” offered by Brenda Nicholson – FULL

This class is intended to be a sampler of weave structures including lace and two-shuttle weavings. This is a ‘round robin’ class, so students will weave samples in the studio on a variety of looms during class time. Directions to Sunhill Orchard Studio will be supplied to registered students.

Dates: September 22, 29, October 6, 20, and 27, 2019 (Sunday afternoons) 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Minimum 3 students, Maximum 9 students.

Cost: Members $335 / Non-members $385 (includes materials)

Workshop application available on the Guild website under ‘Forms’. Please complete and submit

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 – FULL

Two-day workshop by Kim McKenna,  Oct. 18 and 19, 2019

Cost: $218 for Guild Members, $258 for non-members

Materials fee of $30—$85 to be confirmed by Kim later Maximum—8 students 

Place: Registered participants will receive the location for the workshop by email in the fall.

Deadline: completed registration by mid-April 2019 (This workshop is now full.)

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.
Needle Felting Workshop – March 10, 2019

Learn Needle Felting to create a 4” tall black-faced sheep. Techniques for felting with locks will be taught to create his curls. No experience necessary. All materials included.
Date: Sunday March 10, 12–4:00 pm
Place: The Victoria Centre for Community Living, Victoria, BC at 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road (between Cedar Hill and Braefoot).
Cost -$80 for Guild members; $120 for non-members

Instructor: Nancy Wesley. (website at http://nanc-studio.blogspot.com)
Use registration form on website and submit cheque to Guild address.

Shadow Weave Workshop – March 2019
This workshop is presently full. Things happen, however, so please contact jenniferverrall@gmail.com or workshops@vhwsg.ca if you’d like to be on the waiting list, and we’ll contact you if someone has to drop out. The three-day workshop will be on March 1, 2 and 3 at a local studio.

Jennifer Verrall will be teaching a workshop on Shadow Weave the first weekend in March. Participants will each warp a loom for different patterns in this weave structure, and everyone will weave a sample on each loom. Students will become familiar with the structure and its possibilities and learn to design their own patterns.

This workshop is not suitable for beginners. Exact dates and location to be determined and a notice will be sent out when registration opens.
Beginning Spindle Spinning – FULL

Beginning Spindle Spinning
Let your fingers learn the magic of turning fibre into yarn!
Two sessions, 3 hours total. In the first session, we will learn about fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning sheep fleece into yarn. I expect you to practice making yarn between the two sessions. In the second session, we will learn about plying on your spindle and finishing yarns for knitting or weaving. You may bring your own spindle or borrow one for the duration of the class. Spinning fibre provided. Class will be held at instructor’s house near UVic.
Thursday Oct 11 and Tuesday Oct 23; 7 – 8:30pm
Cost: $75
Class size: minimum 2, maximum 3 people
Please contact the instructor at thornton.sj@gmailcom if you would like to take the class but need other dates in October.

Introduction to Loom Weaving – FULL

Introduction to Loom Weaving
October 21st to November 25th, 2018 (Now Full)

Five Sunday afternoons (not November 11th) – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Number of Students: minimum 3, maximum 6

Cost: $210.00 for Guild members, $260.00 for non-members
Make cheque payable to The Victoria Handweavers’ & Spinners’ Guild
Mail to:
Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
University Heights R.P.O.
P.O. Box 31125
Victoria, BC
V8N 6J3

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.

Overshot and its Blocks and Rules

Learn to read an overshot draft. Learn about profile drafts. Learn about blocks as they are the foundation to all weaving structures. There will be 4 samples of Overshot to weave. The looms are a variety of floor looms. They will be warped and ready for you. This is the first time I am offering the course, I am expecting it to be 5 weeks with 4 hours class time each week. Sunday afternoon starting September 9 th. I will have space for 4 students. The prerequisite for the class would be a beginners weaving class and you should be able to read a simple draft. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me by email. kathready@shaw.ca or phone 250-415-6547.
When: Five weeks beginning Sunday, September 9 afternoon, 4 hours.
Cost: $175 Guild members/ $200 non-members / Materials fee $20

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:

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

Beginning Spindle Spinning

Let your fingers learn the magic of turning fibre into yarn!

Two sessions, 3 hours total. In the first session, we will learn  about fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning sheep fleece into yarn. I expect you to practice making yarn between the two sessions. In the second session, we will learn about plying on your spindle and finishing yarns for knitting or weaving. You may bring your own spindle or borrow one for the duration of the class. Spinning fibre provided. Class will be held at instructor’s house near UVic.

Thursday May 3 and Wednesday May 16, 7 – 8:30 pm
Cost: $75
Class size: maximum 3 people

To register visit vhwsg.ca/activities/workshops/

Your registration is not complete until your cheque has been received by the Workshops Chair.

Willow Weaving 2

 

May 26 and 27, 2018

Saturday and Sunday – 10:00am to 3:30 pm

Number of Students: minimum 3, maximum 10

For those who have completed Willow Weaving I or who have some experience with basket weaving, Johanne Byskov will lead you in a two-day workshop to create a large willow basket, incorporating more advanced weaving patterns.  Materials will be supplied. Please bring clippers and your lunch.

Cost: $75 for Guild members, $135 for non-members

To register visit http://vhwsg.ca/activities/workshops/

 

Introduction to Loom Weaving – January 2018 (Full)

January 21st to February 18th, 2018 

This class is now full.

(with the possibility of snow, there may be a make-up date on February 25th)

Five Sunday afternoons – 1:00 pm to 5:00pm
Number of Students: 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 may be required if you wish to have special yarn for your final project.

Cost: $210.00 for Guild members, $260.00 for non-members

Make cheque payable to The Victoria Handweavers’ & Spinners’ Guild

Mail to:

Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
University Heights R.P.O.
P.O. Box 31125
Victoria, BC
V8N 6J3

Introduction to Loom Weaving – October 2017 – FULL

This workshop is now full but we are keeping a waiting list. Please email workshops@vhwsg.ca if you would like to be added to the list.

October 15th to November 12th, 2017
Five Sunday afternoons – 1:00 pm to 5:00pm
Number of Students: 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 may be required if you wish to have special yarn for your final project.

Cost: $210.00 for Guild members, $260.00 for non-members

Make cheque payable to  The Victoria Handweavers’ & Spinners’ Guild

Mail to:

Victoria Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
University Heights R.P.O.
P.O. Box 31125
Victoria, BC
V8N 6J3

Beginning Spindle Spinning Workshop – November 8 & 22

Two meetings, 2.5 hours total. In the first meeting, we will learn about fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning sheep fleece into yarn. I expect you to practice making yarn between the two meetings. In the second, we will learn about plying on your spindle and finishing yarns for knitting or weav- ing. You may bring your own spindle or borrow one for the duration of the class. Spinning fibre provided. Class will be held at instructor Sarah Thornton’s house near UVic.

Contact workshops@vhwsg.ca for more information. Registration information.

Tuesday Nov 8, 7-8:30pm and Tuesday Nov 22, 7-8pm Fee: $60 members, $70 non-members
Class size: maximum 3 people