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respecting the past

October 21, 2016

last night I presented a very small portion of the VHSG’s Permanent Collection

to members of the Victoria Handweaver’s and Spinner’s Guild

before I carefully wrap them up individually and return them to their trunk


I decided to show some of them here

p1100771a declaration from the City of Victoria, signed by the Mayor

opening the conference Heirlooms from Handlooms – dated 1977

p1100772 the committee sash and pin from the ANWG 1997 conference

Straits and Strands

twenty years later we will host another ANWG conference in 2017

Treadle Lightly

p1100760a wonderful piece of Victoria history

designed and woven by Chris Howland

the sample length for Glenlyon-Norfolk House private school uniforms

jills-first-full-day-of-kindergarten-004-3granddaughter Jillian, with brother Iain, on her first day of kindergarten

in the tartan still used todayp1100762Hazel Murray’s Fool’s Hat

p1100761as seen in Spin-Off magazine’s publication

  Tops with a Twist

p1100763right – pine needle basket with attached lid by Vivian Allenby

left – 8 harness huck box woven with handspun silk and copper wire

 by Helen thomas

p1100764and lined with red silk

the woven piece is a border panel in upphampta technique by Gertrude Fielding

woven on her Woolhouse 50 harness drawloom

p1100768“Mala’s Welsh Sample” 16 harness colour and weave

woven by Jean Barrickp1100773damask place mat designed to match Swedish dishes

woven by Master Weaver, Anke Keizer-Bles

Anke is no longer able to weave but she still loves to talk “weaving”

I visit her every week – for the past 7 years

p1100774damask place mat woven on 10 harnesses with 40/2 bleached linen

woven by Anne Ayre

Anne also is no longer weaving but one of my students now weaves on her loom

p11007668 harness Summer and Winter woven by Florence Daniels

one of the original guild members

she taught weaving for 50 years, many of the early members were her students

(double-click on the picture to read more)

p1100780 wallhanging in boundweave woven by Ruth Anstey

the guild’s annual memorial lecture is named in her honor

p1100779and the learning continues

12 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    October 22, 2016 5:44 am

    what fine memories, and such talent. the book index brought a memory–the weaver worked at pine mountain school in kentucky, the place i first taught spinning.


  2. October 22, 2016 5:36 am

    I SO envy you this wonderful guild community! Thee examples you show are spectacular–and so varied. Just treasures. And those grandkids look like treasures, too! 😉


  3. October 21, 2016 8:54 pm

    What a lovely walk down Memory Lane, Jean! Gertrude Fielding was of course the inspiration for the Woolhouse countermarch looms bearing her name. I own Gertrude #27 from 1989. Unfortunately I now regret never having taken up her offer to teach me how to use the drawloom but Real Life intervened.

    Oh, and I still have my pin from ANWG 1997! I should wear it next year, shouldn’t I?


    • October 21, 2016 9:14 pm

      Louisa – Gertrude was a dear. After she had her stroke Anke went to the care home and helped her weave for a long time. Wear your pin, I don’t have one.


  4. October 21, 2016 6:40 pm

    What a great collection, and resource – you look like an excellent caretaker!


    • October 21, 2016 7:29 pm

      Kjerstin – in the new year I plan to wrap them in all new paper, renew some of the labels etc. I may be consulting you. It really is an impressive collection.


  5. October 21, 2016 5:06 pm

    What treasures! I think this collection exemplifies the best of what a guild can be – learning and legacy, keeping a body of knowledge alive.


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