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Hooser Textile Studio & Library

loom at the Surrey Museum

Explore the Age Old Traditions of Textile Crafts

The Hooser Textile Centre is a unique feature of the Surrey Museum. It hosts demonstrations, hands-on activities, special events, lectures and programs throughout the year.  Volunteers will be happy to demonstrate their skills and let visitors of all ages try their hands at things like spinning, weaving and other fibre arts using real spinning wheels and looms.

Textile Studio Hours: Call 604-592-6956 before your visit to inquire about studio hours
Textile Library Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12:30pm to 5:30pm, Saturdays, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Instructor Needed

The Surrey Museum is currently seeking a contract craft instructor who is plugged into current crafting trends and able to teach both children and adults. The candidate will work with the textile department to deliver classes planned for the 2017 year. View the full contract craft instructor job description.

Honey Hooser Collection

The Honey Hooser Weaving Collection at the Surrey Museum represents over 50 years of 1 woman’s creative work. Honey Hooser was a noted weaver and Surrey pioneer who settled in Surrey with her husband in 1921. Honey practiced and taught the craft of weaving for most of her life.

Honey’s collection of looms, textiles, patterns, journals and books were donated to the City of Surrey by her son Doug on her death in 1984.

Hooser Reference Library

The Surrey Museum’s Hooser Library holds the lifetime collection of textile publications owned by Honey Hooser, a renowned Surrey weaver. Her books and journals from around the world contain history, technology, crafts, techniques, arts and artists, and exhaustive handweaving and industrial weaving information. There are 54 nations and regions represented.

The following indexes of about 250 subjects are in printable PDF format, and list books and articles for each topic. Each book title includes a Table of Contents.

Textile Reference Index A-E
Textile Reference Index F-P
Textile Reference Index Q-Z

The Jacquard Loom

The Textile Studio houses a rare working Jacquard loom, sometimes called “the first computer.” It was invented in the mid-1700s and patented in 1803.

The Jacquard loom helped push the textile industry into the Industrial Revolution. Controlled by punch cards, it can weave complex, intricate patterns.

Honey Hooser had a Jacquard mechanism shipped over from England to Vancouver in the 1950s. Her husband Arthur built the loom frame and assembled the loom with the help of friends. It was Honey’s pride and joy and she was the only one who worked on it in her lifetime.

Fibre Arts Workshops

Experienced teachers and artisans share their knowledge and skills in fibre arts, jewellery making, basket weaving, sewing and crafting through lectures and in workshops for adults and children throughout the year. Join us and learn something new!

To find our more about textile workshops and lectures call 604-592-6956.

Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners

The Surrey Museum is fortunate to have members of the Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild (PAWS) demonstrate their craft in the 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.