West Carleton Fibre Guild
The West Carleton Fibre Guild (WCFG) began in the mid-1980’s with a small group of weavers and spinners. The guild has since expanded to nearly 40 fibre enthusiasts from West Carleton, Kanata, Ottawa and beyond.
The guild meets once a month and has regular study groups for those looking to further improve their fibre arts skills. Monthly guild meetings usually include a presentation and/or hands-on workshop activity, as well as show-and-tell, and help with any fibre –arts issues. Guild members have many areas of expertise, including:
- Bobbin lace
- Silk Fusion
- Wet and Dry Felting
- And much, much more!
Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild
The Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild was created in 1949 by a handful of Ottawa area weavers. Originally called the Ottawa Valley Weaver’s Guild, the group eventually expanded to include spinners and today has over 200 members.
The objectives of the Guild are to promote interest and education in weaving, spinning and related fibre arts and to encourage a high standard of craftsmanship and design.
We offer a wide variety of workshops in spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing and basketry.
Members may take advantage of our workshops, equipment rentals, a fully equipped weaving and spinning studio, nine monthly newsletters and an extensive library that includes hundreds of books, magazines and videos which cover topics such as spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing, design and beyond.
Monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, demonstrations, show and tell, and sales of equipment and supplies. We have weekly networking meetings during which our members congregate to work, socialize and share expertise.
Since 1980, we have had an annual Sale and Exhibition at the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa. In early November, the Centre is transformed into a textile gallery and boutique where we sell wearable woven, knitted and felted pieces, household goods, hand spun yarns, supplies for spinners and weavers, and textile art. The Sale and Exhibition helps to promote and showcase the work of the guild’s many talented members.
The Guild welcomes all levels of interest in traditional and contemporary weaving, spinning and other textile arts and crafts. No experience is necessary for our introductory workshops, just a keen interest and a desire to learn. Come to a meeting and see what we’re all about!
Ottawa Valley Guild of Stitchery
Out of the Box Fibre Artists
Out of the Box Fibre Artists is a local art group whose members share a love of texture, colour and creativity.
Through our monthly meetings, learning events and other shared resources, we inspire each other to make beautiful works of art from fabric, textiles and mixed media.
The Ottawa Smockers’ Guild
The Ottawa Smockers’ Guild began in 1985 and has been meeting regularly at the McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa. We meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month from September to June.
Among the skill learned at the monthly meetings were lattice smocking, duplicate stitch, heirloom sewing, battenburg lace, shadow work, picture smocking, counterchange, and holiday candy canes,
We have always done service projects which varied from smocked bibs and bonnets that were supplied to a number of hospitals – for sale in their boutiques, and smocked preemie gowns for the neo-natal units and for the bereavement packages.
We welcome anyone to our meetings who would like to try the traditional art of smocking. Unfortunately Covid 19 has forced us to postpone our meetings until a better time but our website, www.ottawasmockers.org, is full of the things we have done and will joyously announce when we are open again.