The objectives of the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners Guild are, to promote interest and education in weaving, spinning and related fiber arts.
Monthly meetings that feature guest speakers, demonstrations, show and tell, take place on the second Wednesday of each month, except July and August. There is a social time at 6:30 pm, followed by the general meeting at 7:00 pm. Members of the general public are very welcome to attend.
Members may take advantage of our workshops, equipment rentals, a fully equipped weaving and spinning studio, and an extensive library that includes hundreds of books, magazines and videos which cover topics such as spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and basketry.
The Guild welcomes all levels of interest in traditional and contemporary weaving, spinning and other textile arts and crafts.
Come see what we’re all about!
Open Studio: The Studio is open Thursday 10-2:00 pm, for work, checking out the library or just chatting.
Monthly Guild Meeting
Inspiration for the Guild Challenge
The topic of this year’s challenge is “Tops.” The September program will be a presentation of many tops which could be used as inspiration for the challenge. It will include examples of handspun, knit, woven and felted tops along with a discussion of factors to take into consideration when planning and constructing tops. We are also encouraging members to wear their own hand made tops to the meeting and join in on the discussion.
Beth Abbott will use her considerable knowledge of Icelandic sheep in this presentation on the history of these sheep and their introduction into Canada. She will also discuss spinning this fiber and will show us samples. Beth is considered the Canadian expert in this field and has written a book on the topic.