Hooser Textile Centre
Fibre Arts at Your Finger Tips
One of the most unique features of the Surrey Museum is the Hooser Textile Centre. Featuring age old fibre arts, the studio hosts demonstrations and hands-on activities and takes part in museum special events, lectures and programs throughout the year.
The studio itself is named after Honey Hooser, a weaver and Surrey resident who settled in Surrey in 1921. She practiced and taught the craft of weaving most of her life. Her son, Doug, donated her collection to the Surrey Museum when she passed in 1984.
Honey Hooser Collection and Library
The Honey Hooser Weaving Collection represents over 50 years of one woman’s creative work. The collection includes looms, textiles, patterns, journals and books.
The Textile Library is home to the lifetime collection of textile publications owned by Honey Hooser. Her books and journals span 54 nations, containing world history, technology, crafts, techniques, arts and artists, as well as handweaving and industrial weaving information.
The following indexes of 250+ subjects are in printable PDF format and list books and articles for each topic.
The Jacquard Loom
The gem of the Honey Hooser Centre is a rare working Jacquard loom which Honey's husband purchased for her from England in the 1950s. It was her prize possession and she was the only one who worked on it in her lifetime. Above is video demonstration of this special loom in use.
Invented in the mid-1700s and patented in 1803, the Jacquard loom propelled the textile industry into the Industrial Revolution. Controlled by punch cards, it can weave complex intricate patterns.
The Jacquard loom is often referred to as “the first computer” because Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician and writer known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, used automated patterning and punch cards to create the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine.
Fibre Arts Instruction and Awareness
Experienced teachers and artisans share their knowledge and skills in fibre arts, jewellery making, basket weaving, sewing and crafting through lectures and programs for adults and children throughout the year. The Surrey Museum also hosts events throughout the year celebrating fibre arts, including Sheep to Shawl and the Fibre Arts and Crafts Festival.
Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners
The Surrey Museum is fortunate to have several members of the Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild (PAWS) demonstrate their craft in the Hooser Textile Studio. The aim of the Guild is to promote, encourage and improve the art and craft of weaving and spinning. Members come from White Rock, Surrey, Langley and Washington State. We welcome all volunteers with varioius fibre arts skills.
Textile Assistants Volunteer Opportunity
Are you an experienced weaver, spinner or knitter? Demonstrate these arts and help deliver public programs to children and adults in the Hooser Textile Centre.