This page lists notices received by the Guild and seem to be of interest to our members and others interested in fibre arts and craft.

Rapture, Rhythm And The Tree Of Life: Emily Carr And Her Female Contemporaries

Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery

From the Gallery website: “Drawn primarily from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection, Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries focuses on artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by women artists based in British Columbia, and presents an expanded account of the context in which modernism developed on the Canadian West Coast during the early to mid-1900s.”

DECEMBER 7, 2019 – JUNE 28, 2020

More info:

Spin-In Registration now open

Online registration for Spin-In 2020 (February 22) is now open. Visit the Spin-In page for details.

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.


Drop-In September 24, 2019, 7-9:00 pm

Make a ‘Cedrus Deodora’ Rose with Brenda and Barbara. You will be guided to make your own stemmed rose from Deodor Cedar cones. All materials will be provided along with a small donation box for supplies.

3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria (Community Living Victoria)



Downtrodden Art – Floorcloth Painting Workshop

Make two 24 x 36 cotton canvas mats. No painting experience necessary – hand painted – freehand/stamps/stencils. Include preparation, design, finishing and care.

10:00 – 1:00 Sat & Sun Sept 21-22

Cost $105 plus $20 materials

To register contact Diana Smith at


ArtPod Gallery & Studios,

Metchosin Arts & Cultural Centre, 4495 Happy Valley Road

Drop-In August 27: “Explore Chain and Other Types of Plying with Christine Purse”

If you’ve sent in your entry form and fees to the Saanich Fair but can’t take your items out yourself on Thursday the 28th, someone will be at the Drop In to collect your items and have them taken to the Fair Grounds for you

July Drop-In: Fleece Preparation

Join in to share your skills and meet other members. Bring your spinning, knitting, baskets to work on. Bring your questions – we will all pitch in to help you answer them. This is an informal time to get to know each other and share our knowledge and interests.

Come and share your knowledge about  “Preparation of Fleece”. We will walk you through the various steps and tools involved:

  1. Skirting,
  2. Scouring,
  3. Removing Vegetable Matter (VM),
  4. Picking,
  5. Combing,
  6. Carding and
  7. Spinning.

Members (and visitors) will be able to see (and try out) different hand combs, hand carders, and drum carders. There will also be a demonstration with the picker. Attendees are welcome to bring clean fibre that they would like to practice on. The venue does not permit us to demonstrate the different scouring techniques, but we will be able to discuss them and help you determine which process to use for your particular fleece. This is a timely Drop-In topic, given that Fibrations 2019 is on August 18, and there will be vendors with fleeces!

As a side note, it is always a good idea to be up to date on your tetanus shot if you are handling fleece and playing with sharp items. You can make an appointment with your physician to get a tetanus shot.

Community Living Victoria, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria
If the weather is nice, we will be set up with tables under the trees by the parking lot.

  • The Natural Dye Interest Group will have an informal meeting during the Drop-in to share experiments from the past month.
Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises (May 17-Dec 31)

May 17 – Dec 31, 2019

Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville Street, Victoria

Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises is an exhibition highlighting Maya civilization past and present.

The exhibition boasts the world’s largest and most impressive display of Maya objects from Guatemala, and features more than 300 precious jade, ceramic, gold, stone and textile artifacts reflecting classic and contemporary Maya culture.

This exhibition coincides with UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Languages and highlights the 30 Maya languages that are still spoken today by almost half the population of Guatemala.

Reclaimed, Reworked, Reborn: a Retrospective of Works by Catherine Mick

Reception – July 20 1-3pm
Exhibition – July 17-28 Wednesday to Sunday 11:00-5:00
At Coast Collective, 103-318 Wale Road, Colwood
More information

This exhibition will showcase the upcycled textile garments of Catherine Mick, who has spent a lifetime experimenting on how to repurpose fabrics to give garments a new life.  Catherine is a spinner and a weaver, so she breaks old garments with worn out sections down to their most basic components and then spins and weaves beautiful new fabrics from them.

“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

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.
ANWG 2019 Conference details online, registration starts Jan 27, 9am

The Final Schedule of 2 Day Conference Workshops and 2 hour Seminars have been posted under Workshops and Seminars Schedule.

Online Registration begins Sunday, January 27th at 9:00am PST.

Online forms to submit items for an Exhibit or the Fashion Show at the conference are now online. Forms must be submitted by April 1, 2019.