Eight enterprising women initiated the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild in 1935. Today we have over one hundred members. Interesting monthly programs, workshops and special interest study groups are arranged to appeal to beginners as well as more advanced weavers and spinners. The guild sponsors lectures, shows, demonstrations and exhibitions to promote and support weaving and spinning in the greater Vancouver area including Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and other suburbs.
The purposes of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild are:
- To promote, encourage and improve the art and craft of weaving and spinning.
- To provide an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge, skill and ideas among the guild members.
- To emphasize the importance of achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards of excellence in all work.
- To collect current literature and other materials relating to the art and craft of weaving, spinning and dyeing and to make these available to all members of the guild.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in spinning, weaving or related fibre arts, and new members are very welcome. The membership fee is CAN$40.00 per year. Members may take advantage of the scholarship fund and also make use of a variety of rental equipment. Our library is well-stocked with over 900 recent and historical books, journals, and DVDs about textile arts, including weaving, spinning, dying, and even knitting.
General meetings include Show & Tell and Programs provided by members, local specialists, and prominent international craftspeople. Meetings alternate between day and evening to accommodate busy schedules.
The Board of the GVWSG takes its direction from the interests, activities, and volunteer initiatives of the membership. It endeavours to make decisions that are in the best interests of the Guild, and in accordance with the Guild’s own Bylaws.
Board members contribute to the ongoing functioning and direction of the Guild, and their reward is to share in a thriving community of weavers, spinners, and textile enthusiasts. If you have skills, talents, or energy you can contribute, please join us!