Summer Workshops at the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Studio at the TETT Centre have been scheduled for our SPINNING students.

We welcome beginners 13 and older with no previous experience. These courses are perfect for participants from both our own KHWS Guild membership and members of the public. To facilitate a generous time for practice, you will enjoy two classes, on Tuesdays, July 31 and August 7th, 2018 - one week apart.

A maximum of 6 students will be registered in each of the two classes. Register soon!

Elaine Horemans, KHWS Instructor

Elaine has raised Romney/ Bluefaced Leicester cross sheep since 2010 and sells raw fleece, roving, yarns and knitted and woven gift items at local fibre festivals. She will graduate from the nationally acclaimed 6-year OHS Spinning Certificate program in 2020. She was also the registrar for the Ontario Handspinning Seminar held in Kingston in both 2016 and 2017.

Learn to Spin on a Wheel!

Presented in two half-day sessions Tuesdays July 31 and August 7th, 9 am – 12 pm. (3-hour classes)

Our classroom students will leave this course understanding how to use a spinning wheel, basic wheel maintenance, how to spin a thread, troubleshooting, and how to ply, wind off and wash your yarn. Students will produce a small skein of 2 ply yarn, tied appropriately and labelled, ready to use at home.

Fibre Materials Included.

KHWS Member Course Fee - $80.00; Non-member Fee - $95.00

Note: A $400 deposit by cheque or cash at the time of registration will be on hold with the guild so that you can take home one of our spinning wheels between classes. When the wheel is returned as borrowed, your cheque/cash will be returned. KHWS Guild members may rent a wheel after their workshop for continued practice and enjoyment with the $400 paid deposit.

SPINDLE Spinning

Presented in two half-day sessions Tuesdays July 31 and August 7th, 1 pm – 3 pm (2-hour classes)

Come enjoy learning the art of spinning a thread on a drop spindle. Students will learn how to start spinning a thread, join the fibres, wind on and troubleshoot. Elaine will share how to ply on a spindle, how to wind off plied yarn and tie a skein and finally how to wash the spun yarn/set twist.

Fibre Materials Included. KHWS Guild spindles may be used in class or bring your own.

KHWS Member Course Fee - $60.00; Non-member Fee - $75.00


(Beginners, floor loom weaving)


Friday evening through Sunday – August 17-19, 2018 at the KHWS Studio

Fee: $150.00 KHWS members, $180.00 non-members fee

Registration is limited to 6 students. All materials provided.

We welcome beginners to join us for our introduction to weaving course with Roberta McKinney.

Students will join us at the KHWS studio, second floor of the Tett Centre, from 6-9 pm on Friday evening, August 17th to begin their training with a thorough history of weaving, a sharing of the equipment you will be using, learning about fibres/general materials and the various tools required for weaving.

You will be introduced to the process of developing and understanding the ‘weaving draft’ or plan for the pattern weaving of your project (a colourful, small woven ‘gamp’ project). You will begin the process of winding a warp for your assigned loom on a warping board. Continuing into Saturday you will move through the steps to warp your loom and start weaving in the afternoon. Weaving will continue into Sunday.  Students/members of the Guild are welcome to return to the studio over the two weeks following their class to finish the course project.

Students should bring a notebook and pencil for the first evening of class. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

The Juniper Café is available for lunch and breaks on Saturday and Sunday, or bring a brown bag lunch. There is a refrigerator and microwave in the studio.

All accepted registrations will be notified as such.  First come, first registered. Don’t wait – this one will fill quickly!


Harriet Boon, Instructor

September 8 and 9, 2018, KHWS Studio

FEE: $120.00 KHWS members, $150.00 non-members. Seating limited to 10 students

Materials Fee: $20, payable to the instructor

This workshop is focused on the global history of indigo dye work by our instructor, Harriet Boon. You will study the various techniques for establishment and use of organic vats. The vats established in the classroom are intended for learning purposes and creation of classroom samples (not for re-dyeing a wardrobe).

Students will experiment with yarns and yardage. Overdyeing with indigo will be covered in the workshop.

Your Instructor will provide instructional material notes and some fibre samples, all dye materials and additional vessels and equipment as required. Harriet travels with a comprehensive resource library.

Student requirements: Natural fibres and fabric – cotton, linen, silk, wool. No synthetic fibres. Clean rubber gloves. Dust mask. Notebook and pencil, scissors, supply of small plastic bags for wet fibres going home. Clean plastic pail, 3- gallon size. Wear old clothes and closed toe shoes.

Contact us Here for more details. Payments may be by cheque or cash and delivered to the KHWS Studio, TETT Suite 205, or mailed to:


205 - 370 King Street W

Kingston ON