Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners run a number of workshops throughout the year, open to members or non-members. Listings for these are posted on our website, our Facebook page, or the Tett Centre’s website from time to time, or you may contact us to express your interest, so that we can inform you when the next workshop in that subject is offered.
For those new to weaving, we run introductory workshops to teach the basic skills. There is a choice of a one-day workshop using a rigid heddle loom, which will get you weaving quickly, or a two and a half day workshop which teaches you all you need to know to begin weaving on a floor loom. All equipment and materials are provided. Beginners’ spinning workshops (using a spinning wheel) take place on two consecutive Saturdays, with time to practice in between, using your own wheel or one you rent from us. We also offer beginners’ workshops using a suspended spindle. For both, all materials are provided.
Once you have learnt the basics, there are workshops at an intermediate level for you to consolidate those skills, and workshops in designing for spinning and weaving. Advanced workshops are also available for those looking to expand their skills. We also offer other subjects such as dyeing, felting, basket making, knitting with handspun yarns and various related crafts.
We do not currently offer electronic registration.
To register for a course, please contact us so a place can be reserved. Your place in the workshop is secured upon receipt of your payment. See the bottom of this page for payment details.
Workshops Winter 2018
Date: Friday – Sunday January 12 – 14th, 2018
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm Friday, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday
Instructor: Bridget Lewis
Cost: $150 members, $180 non-members
Maximum participants: 6
Learn the basics of setting up and weaving on a floor loom, how to read and interpret a weaving pattern and how to plan a project.
Loom and materials supplied.
Exploring Twill Weaves on a Table Loom
Date: Monday January 15th, 2018
Time: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
Instructor: Alison Ginn
Cost: $60 members, $75 non-members
Maximum participants: 8
Explore the versatility of twills by making a twill sampler on a table loom. This workshop is suitable for any level except a beginner, as the looms will need to be warped ahead of time, though help may be available with warping if needed. You may use your own table loom or use one from the studio (deposit required if taking it home to finish weaving after the workshop).
Learn to Spin!
Spin from a wool fleece
Date: Saturdays January 20th and 27th, 2018 (two consecutive Saturdays)
NOTE: In case of bad weather, the following Saturday, February 3rd, is reserved, so please keep this
date free too.
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Instructor: Elaine Horemans
Cost: $70 members, $85 non-members
Materials fee payable directly to instructor
Maximum participants: 8
Learn how to select, prepare and spin wool from a sheep fleece. Week 1 covers things to look for when selecting a spinning fleece, washing, and preparation options. Week 2 covers how to spin yarns from batts, rolags, and locks you prepare yourself.
Prerequisite: You must be able to spin a continuous thread.
Please bring your spinning wheel, hand carders and lap cloth. Some equipment will be available.
Please notify the workshop convenor if you need to borrow equipment. Fibre will be provided.
To register for a course, please contact us so a place can be reserved. Your place in the workshop is secured upon receipt of your payment. Please send a cheque payable to "KHWS" and date one month before the workshop for the full workshop amount.
Write a separate cheque for each workshop. Members are given priority up to 2 months before the workshop. Drop off your cheque with your details at a monthly meeting, Open Studio days, or post to:
Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
205 - 370 King Street West
Materials fees are payable to the instructor. Supplies/equipment lists will be distributed closer to the workshop. Studio looms or spinning wheels are available to be reserved (included in Introductory Workshops). Work must be removed from looms within 2 weeks of a workshop, after which a rental fee will be charged if the loom is not required for another workshop.
No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 4 weeks before the workshop unless a replacement participant can be found (6 weeks for visiting instructors). If a workshop is cancelled by KHWS (e.g. if there are insufficient registrations), then a full refund will be given.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
In addition to scheduled workshops, we offer introductory classes whenever we have enough participants. If you and three friends want a particular workshop we can make arrangements.