The Ponderosa Guild was established in 1973 to offer a focus for spinners and weavers of the Okanagan to exchange information and ideas, to promote excellence in spinning and weaving. Since then, the Guild has expanded and welcomes all forms of fibre arts. The Guild's mandate is to share their vast knowledge and to educate their members and the public to the appreciate of these traditional skills.
What We Do
Monthly meetings are held...alternating between the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm.....and the last Friday of the month at 10am. Check our calendar for the schedule. The agenda covers a program, 'show and tell' and social time.
Weekly studio 'Drop-Ins'on Tuesdays from 11am to 2pm for the sharing of ideas and working on personal and group projects
The Spinning Group meets every second Thursday from noon until 3pm.
The Weavers Group ....regularly exchanges samples and drafts and regularly work on group 'warps'
Knitters & Fibre Artists ....covering dyeing, felting and silk fusion
The Rug Hooking Circle meets Wednesdays, 12:30pm -3:30pm.
Education available to all members....beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in all the techniques, plus workshops and special interest courses.
Monthly Newsletter provides informative articles, upcoming events and sources of equipment and supplies
Library an extensive collection of books covering all of the fibre arts are available to borrow.... along with the latest magazines.
Low cost Rentals Guild owned spinning and weaving equipment is available to members for a nominal charge.
Demonstrations and Displays promoting the Fibre Arts at the many events throughout the valley
School Programs The guild has the joy of teaching the fundamentals of our arts to a number of classes of Grade Three students every year.
Guild Projects Whether it's the flax or indigo gardens, the dyeing days, Christmas cards or bathmats...the range of guild projects is constantly expanding...and constantly seeking new methods and challenges to extend the boundaries of our art.
Classes & Workshops
CLASSES: BEGINNING SPINNING: We offer classes every year....stay in touch and come to one of our Thursday afternoon spinning sessions to 'try your hand'.
BEGINNING WEAVING: Our popular Weave a Scarf with master weaver Sandy Fearon is offered a couple of times a year.
WET FELTING & NEEDLE FELTING: We regularly host classes for both beginners and experienced felters to learn and explore the wonders of felting.
KNITTING: Always wanted to learn how to knit? Ask us about our next class