According to an article in the Huntsville Forester from April 17, 1985, the Trillium Handspinners and Weavers Guild was founded in February of 1984.

Founding member of the guild Verna Wilson tells the story best.

“I moved up to the cottage in September of 1982.  I knew no one in Hunstville. One day I saw a dressed loom in the window of Florence’s Flowers and went in to see to whom it belonged. Ruthann was there – she was a florist and had her own shop in Goderich before she moved to Utterson. We met later and talked  about starting a guild and we were fortunate that there were people who were interested.

“Not everyone who came knew how to weave or spin or dye and so lessons were given by each of us. Ruthann was a more practical weaver than I. I had taken lessons at Humber College and from a Master Weaver. We put together a course and jointly gave it.

“That was the foundation.

“Ruthann did more weaving of articles than I. I did a lot of samples and found that weaving the same thing time after time did not suit me – possibly because of the lessons and sample pieces instead of practical things. Ruthann had an artist’s eye for colour which she used well.”


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