The Etobicoke Handweavers & Spinners Guild
In September 1966, 10 weavers from Toronto’s west end came together to create the Etobicoke Handweavers with the intention to “encourage an interest in hand weaving” and to “promote … workshops in the area”. By 1973 they had rented a 90″ wide loom, put on displays and held their first sale. As interest in hand spinning increased they expanded to became the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild or simply EHS. Since 1966, EHS has expanded both its membership and artistic practices. Today, members practice basketry, hand dyeing, garment design and creation, felting, knitting and other diverse fibre arts.
EHS hosts Guild Meetings from September to June on the first Tuesday of every month at. Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting begins at 7pm at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke.
Monthly meetings include a Guest Speaker or Guild Event, as well as a Show & Tell and brief Guild Business Meeting. Tea, cookies and time to mingle wrap up the evening. You are welcome to join us for our next meeting.
Please see the Calendar for a listing of all our events.
We’re Turning 50!
The Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guild is turning 50! Please join us for a series of creative events celebrating the fibre arts from April 23rd – May 15th, 2016. EHS Inspires is a juried exhibit of art works inspired by EHS and created by NPCC artists. From Fibre to Fabulous brings together the work of EHS members spanning the last 50 years. The 50 Mile Coat is a live art installation that demonstrates over the course of 3 weeks how wool from two local shepherds at Dover Farm and Linc Farm, alpaca from Alpaca Avenue and llama from the High Park Zoo is crafted into a complete garment.
Shows: April 23rd – May 15th, 2016 at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke
Opening Reception: May 3rd, 2016 7-9pm at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke
Closing Celebration: May 15th, 2016 1-3pm at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke