Conference News

Have you changed your email address since you registered? If yes, please let know because we will sending out timely information to all registrants throughout the conference.

Arrival Information: Last minute details.
Tea Towel Exchange: Drop-off at the Meeting Place (in the Cadboro Commons).
Shuttle Race Sign-up sheet at the Meeting Place (in the Cadboro Commons) from Thursday to Sunday. $2 entry fee.

Conference Dates:  Sat, July 1st & Sun, July 2nd 2017
Pre-conference Workshops: Wed to Fri, June 28th-30th, 2017
Location: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

The Conference is in VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, which is on VANCOUVER ISLAND (which is a 95min ferry ride away from the city of Vancouver). 



Arrival Details

The Conference is just around the corner. We hope that all of you have made your travel arrangements. The Conference is taking place on a holiday weekend and the roads and ferries will be busy. Check out Getting to the Island and Getting to the University for detailed information.

Checking In

Everyone must check in before attending any classes or events.  When you arrive at the University of Victoria (UVic), proceed to Parking Lot 5. Do not unpack your car yet, just lock it and pay for parking. Volunteers will be available in the parking lot to help you purchase your parking. Follow the signs and proceed directly to the check-in desk in the Cadboro Commons Building.

Staying On-campus

After you have checked in, go to the University of Victoria Residence Services area where you will pick up your key and be shown your room. Please be advised that you cannot check-in with Residence Services before 3 pm. Residence Services will store you luggage until Residence check-in opens if you are arriving by air.


If you have a vehicle, it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the parking rules at the University.

Check-in Times

Pre-Conference Three Day Workshops registrants

  • Tuesday June 27 – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday June 28th – 8:00 to 9:00 am

Conference registrants

  • Friday June 30th – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday – 8:00 to 9:00 am

A la Carte Registrants

  • As given above.
The Volunteer Badge Story


The ribbons attached to the ANWG 2017 conference volunteer badge are selvedges from the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon. A thoughtful brother of one of our Victoria Handweavers and Spinners Guild members brought this back from his latest Pendleton shirt buying pilgrimage. The warp is cotton and weft is wool. The selvedges were produced from ITEMA R9500 rapier loom operating with a Staubli LX1600 Jacquard head. We thought that using this material to identify our volunteers was a great way to support the conference theme of “Treadle Lightly”.


Can your Shuttle Race?

Can your Shuttle Race? 

 Enter the ANWG Shuttle Race and find out!


Give a new life to an old or damaged weaving shuttle. Add some wheels, decorate it, and bring it to the conference.

On July 2, at 4:45pm, you can see if your shuttle has what it takes to be crowned champion. Or aim to win the prize for Best Dressed Shuttle. Cost to enter is $2 cash, which will go toward the event prizes.

Look for a Sign up sheet in the conference hospitality room Thursday-Saturday.

Here is a blog post from the Schacht Spindle Company to give you some ideas about how to transform a shuttle into a racer:

We cannot wait to see what you come up with!



-Your racing shuttle must have been a ‘real’ weaving shuttle prior to its transformation

-Your racing shuttle should have wheels, so that it will move down a decline ramp to the finish line

-You need to be at the track, located near Cadboro commons (where the banquet will be held) on July 2 from 4:40-5:00pm to race your shuttle

-This is a fun event. The judge’s decision about which shuttle wins is non-negotiable.

-No performance enhancing drugs or professional athletes, please!




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