The guild owns a variety of equipment that guild members living in Victoria may rent.

Map of Greater Victoria – 2024

We are sorry, but the guild does not loan equipment to members who live outside the Greater Victoria area as shown on the map. If you belong to another guild and your guild would like to set up its own equipment loan program, we are happy to advise you.

Rental Information

Contact equipment@vhwsg.ca for more information. To rent equipment you will need to complete a Equipment Loan Request.

Equipment rental is for a 3 month period:

  • Large equipment (looms, , drum carders and spinning wheels): $25 for 3 months
  • Small equipment  (hackles, etc): $15 for 3 months

There is no rental fee to rent equipment for a guild workshop. Equipment for a workshop will be loaned for a 1 month period; if required for a longer time, our standard rental policy will apply. Guild members living outside Victoria may rent equipment for in-person guild workshops.

When renting equipment, it is very much appreciated if you return it cleaned and ready to go to the next renter. If you are new to the equipment you are renting, please ask questions about how it works!

The Guild is not responsible for any injuries caused by the renter using the equipment; the renter uses it at their own risk.

Looms

  • Woolhouse table looms, 15” weaving width, 8 shaft, the Guild has 3 looms available.
  • Dorothy table loom and stand, 15” weaving width, 4 shaft.
  • Leclerc Compact floor loom, 4 shaft, 24”, 10 dent reed, 2 lease sticks and a sleying hook. This is available when not in use for workshops or demonstrations.
  • 24” Ashford rigid heddle loom with stand, 4 reeds, stick shuttle, warping peg, clamp, heddle hook
  • 12” Ashford Knitters Loom with stand, 3 reeds, stick shuttles, warping peg, clamp and sleying hook
  • Inkle loom, maximum warp length is about 8 feet.

Spinning Wheels

  • Lendrum spinning wheel, double treadle, folds for transportation, standard and jumbo flyers, 4 bobbins, lazy kate, plying and spinning drive bands.
  • Louet S10 spinning wheel, single treadle, 3 bobbins, on board lazy kate. This is a bobbin-led or Irish tension wheel.
  • Rognvaldson spinning wheel, single treadle, castle style, 4 bobbins, on board lazy kate. This wheel is double drive only.
  • Schacht Matchless spinning wheel with regular and bulky flyers and bobbins, and lazy kate.
  • Ashford e-spinner 3 with Woolee Winder.
  • Ashford Kiwi 2 spinning wheel, double treadle, three bobbins, Scotch tension.

Other Equipment

When using a drum carder, please try and avoid bending any of the teeth on the carding cloth. The licker (small drum) and the carder (large drum) should never have the teeth hitting each other. They should be a credit card width apart from one another, please stop using it and contact the equipment manager if this is happening. Less is more! Don’t feed too much at once.

  • Pat Green Drum Carder with doffing stick, medium carding cloth.
  • Pat Green Drum Carder with fine carding cloth.
  • Wool Blending Hackles, tip cover, 2 clamps, tine straightener, and 6 diz.
  • Leclerc Warping Board (in box).
  • Woolhouse 3 yard floor warping mill.
  • Bobbin winder- 2 available.
  • Misc weaving items include boat shuttles, stick shuttles, a folding skein winder, etc.