by Marcella Reay

Line and Detail: Smooth Curves, Angles and the Geometry of Tapestry

Instructor:  Kathe Todd-Hooker is an experienced tapestry weaver who lives in Oregon. She weaves both large and small tapestries and has written several books sharing her technical skills, as well as leading workshops in her studio and for guilds. She will be coming to Vancouver in April, 2019 to lead a tapestry weaving workshop.

Date:  April 12 – 14, 2019

Price:  $300

Contact:  Workshop Organizer Myrna Lindstrom; email:

Presented by the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild (GVWSG

Tapestries include lines, curves and angles. There is also a basic geometry in tapestry — the weft most comfortably passes over the warp at right angles. The designs we choose often challenge the basic right angles of weft over and under warps.

What goes into designing for a successful tapestry? What technical skills are necessary to achieve the ideas and visions we have for our weaving? How do we get smooth lines: vertical, horizontal, slanted, curved? What planning is needed for smooth curves & slanted lines?

This workshop will be held at the Art Gallery at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

To register, please visit the link below.



Double Rainbow 2 Layers, 4 (or 8) Shafts
6 Colors—Infinite Possibilities

Instructor Jennifer Moore

Date: September 28–30, 2018
Price: $300
Contact: Workshop Organizer Gloria Bond; email:

Presented by the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild (GVWSG)

This is perhaps the ultimate colour sampler! You will begin by winding a warp and setting up your loom according to Jennifer’s system for working with multiple colours in a rotational sequence and bringing it to the workshop. A basic two-layered structure will enable us to mix and match our colours, creating an amazing array of colour mixtures. As you weave and your warp colours move past each other you will experience a visual feast of iridescence and moire patterns. We will also experiment with single-layered structures such as warp rep and warp-faced twills and the effects that they create on this versatile warp. This sampler will provide a remarkable education in colour theory and how optical mixtures work in weaving, as well as a great source of inspiration for future weaving projects.

The workshop will be held at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver in the Art Gallery Room.

To register, please visit the link below.


Handwoven Lace Workshop

Instructor Barbara Mitchell

Date: March  17–18 2018, Saturday & Sunday
Price: $125 for the 2 days to be paid by Jan 31, 2018

Workshop description: Advanced Beginners
The Workshop will focus on four lace structures:  Spot, Bronson, Huck Lace, Atwater Bronson and Swedish Lace.
Participants will bring pre-warped looms (4 or 8 shaft ) choosing from a range of drafts, fires, & colors.
Warping information, including materials required, sett and threading drafts will be distributed one month prior to the workshop.
The workshop will be held at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver in the Art Gallery Room.

To register, please visit the link below.

Learn to Weave

Now is your chance to try your hand at weaving! Using a loom, you too can learn how to create beautiful pieces of cloth or get a skills refresher.

Designed for new and lapsed weavers, the Learn to Weave course, sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild, will introduce you to weaving on a four-shaft loom. Participants will learn the basics of dressing your loom, weaving and interlacing warp & weft through a series of hands-on projects. With guided support, you will work at your own speed to gain confidence and the necessary skills to continue on with your own personal projects.

Looms will be available for rent throughout the course, so you can practice between classes.

WHEN  Thursdays – 6:30-9:30 p.m.

February 1 – March 22, 2018

8 weeks, 24 hours of instruction total

WHERE  Aberthau Mansion – West Point Grey Community Centre, 4397 West 2nd Ave, Vancouver

COST $237.50* per person +GST

REGISTER  www.westpointgrey.orgor

ABOUT  The course: Barbara,

Registration: 604.257.8140

*Additional costs payable to Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild at first class: $25/person materials fee (keep what you make!), and $40 loom rental plus $150 returnable damage deposit (you can take home a loom for the duration of the class) unless you bring your own loom.

Tapestry Weaving

Joan Baxter, a renowned tapestry weaver from Scotland, will give a presentation of her work at the Croatian Cultural Centre’s Art Gallery at 7 PM on Thursday, October 5, 2017.  Admission is free and all GVWSG members are welcome.  Many wonderful examples of Joan’s work are displayed on the website at the following link:
The Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild (GVWSG) is sponsoring a workshop on  October 4 – 8, 2017  featuring Joan Baxter, a renowned tapestry weaver from Scotland (check out her website at  This workshop is currently full, but one of the prospective students is looking for a replacement.  Interested parties can contact Jennifer Braun for details at