Annual Sale

Our annual sale is coming up – Saturday November 2nd at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

Handcrafted items by our members will be for sale and on display. There will be handspun, knitted, crocheted and woven items as well as many other one-of-a-kind articles!

See the calendar or facebook for more details. Hope to see you there!

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Williams Lake Spin In 2019

You are cordially invited to attend our annual Spin-In!

Williams Lake Spin In 2019

Date: Saturday May 4 2019

Location: Mackinnon Hall under the United Church in Williams Lake

Time: Doors open 9am, festivities beginning at 10am

Please register by April 25, 2019

There will be door prizes, a draw for a gift basket, an in-session challenge and lunch. As well as a whole room full of like minded folk to exchange the latest news in fibre and spinning.

Walk-in’s are welcome after 1:00 pm.

This year we will be offering two People’s Choice Challenges:

1. To make a drop spindle using an article or combination of articles not normally associated with fibre arts. This must be displayed with some yarn spun on it.

2. A completed hank of thick and thin yarn of your choice, with a sample square knit from it that measures 5″ x 5″.

Our Giving Tree is an ongoing charity that we donate to all year long. Any machine-washable blankets, hats, mitts, scarves and socks that you may wish to provide will be gratefully accepted.

Bring a friend that may be interested in learning to spin. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the day.

If you have any questions, contact us.


Registration Details:

$30 per person, $35 per commercial table.

Mail your registration (name, mailing address, phone number and email) together with payment, to:

Williams Lake Spinners and Weavers

90 Fourth Ave. N.

Williams Lake, BC



Fall Update

Hello fibre friends,

We had a fun time at the Harvest Fair in September, there was a lot of interest in our sample items and our spinning demonstrations.


We will be holding a similar demonstration and display at the CRD Library on October 27th, 10-2pm, come along and check it out, details on our calender.

On the 26th of September we held our AGM. Barb was elected as president, Dot as vice-president, and Linda and Lesley remain as secretary and treasurer respectively. To our out-going president Vonny, we appreciate all the hard work and effort you have put into our group over the last few years, thank you!

Our annual Christmas sale is coming up soon, Saturday 3rd November at the Arts Centre.  Linda and Vonny are busy finishing two large blankets which will be included in the sale. We have been working on these as a group project for a while, on the 100″ loom that requires two weavers.

In between all of that, the looms in the guild room have been busy, lots of blankets, rag rugs and tea towels have been produced. Members have been busy crafting at home too, with many scarves woven and socks, shawls and sweaters knitted. The next group project is to address the large stash of wool in the guild room, which we plan to knit up into toques and scarves for the giving tree later in the year.

See all the rest of our news in the September and October newsletters.


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A Weaving Challenge…

Calling all Weavers!

You are


To create an article of clothing

from handwoven material

that requires sewing to complete it.


This garment is to be completed

by the May 2020

Spin In

and will be shared with all during the Show and Tell of said Spin In.

Rise to the challenge!

There will be no prizes involved; just the challenge of completing a piece of clothing from scratch.

You are not allowed to simply rustle through your closet and extract something you made years ago. Such pieces would be welcome, however, as inspiration to the rest of us.


June and July happenings…

Hi All,

Our yearly garage sale was a wonderful success, lots of happy customers (and bellies full of bannock), thank you to everyone who helped out.


We have set a guild challenge (which we extend to anyone else who wishes to do it!) to expand our weaving horizons and encourage people to weave for clothing. Our challenge is to create an article of clothing from our handwoven material – it must require sewing, hand or machine. The piece is to be completed for Show and Tell at the 2020 Spin In. There will be no prizes involved; just the challenge of completing a piece of clothing from scratch.

The guild room has been busy, with lots of knitting and spinning and progress on the 100″ guild blanket. Rhonda and Alice have just finished up 6 or so tartan wool blankets on the 60″ loom, which Emily is now warping up for a wool/mohair blanket. Vonny has continued to wow us with her beautiful rigid heddle scarves, and a few of us are busy washing, carding, hand combing and spinning Icelandic fleeces.

We had a wind-up gathering of a brown-bag picnic in the park, complete with spinning wheels of course, and some of us will be spinning at the Garden Tour held this weekend.

Some recent work:

Barb – Shawlette knit from sock yarn.


Lesley – Scarf
Barb – Rag rug, 4/8 cotton warp, weft is old sheets cut 3/4″ wide, rosepath pattern.


Emily – Rag rug, 4/8 cotton warp, weft is old jeans and flannel shirts.
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Matching sweaters, knitted and embroidered by Linda – as soon as Serenity saw Grandma’s she had to have one too, what a lucky girl!



If you haven’t yet read the June newsletter it is available here.