Introductory Weaving Course

Instructor: Steve Trapp

Description: A 2 ½ day, the Introductory Weaving Course will be held at the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners in. Understand how a floor loom works. Learn to set up a loom and weave a scarf or small wall hanging during the weekend.

Class size: 4 minimum to 6 maximum.

Date: Friday, January 31 - Saturday and Sunday, February 1- 2,
Time: Friday: 6:00-9:00 pm,
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm,

Location: Guild Studio at the Tett Centre

Cost: $180:00 Members and $210:00 Non-members
Equipment and materials needed are supplied.

Wet Felting: Basic and Beyond

 Instructor: Jackie Sylvester
In this one day workshop, come and discover the magic of felt. We will make a piece of flat felt, followed by a Ruffled Neck Scarf. We will use soft merino wool along with various embellishments.

It will be an exciting day for those new to felt as well as those wanting to take their felt to a different level. You will learn how to make felt, the proper finishing of felt, reactions and shrinkage of the wool, as well as embellishment. All welcome.

Date: February 8, 2020
Time: 9:30 am. – 4:30 pm
Location: Tett Centre – KHWS studio #205

Cost: $72.00 for members and $84.00 for non members

Materials cost of $20 to be paid to the instructor.
Maximum class size of 8 participants

Discover the Spindle

Instructor: Alison Ginn

Spindles are simple, portable tools with which one can produce amazing yarns. They come in a variety of styles. In the workshop, learn about different spindles and how to use a suspended (aka drop) spindle to produce a useable 2-ply yarn.

Date: Thursday February 13 and 27, 2020
Time: 6:30pm. – 8:30pm.
Maximum: – 6 students
Cost: $48.00 for members and $60.00 for non-members
Location: Guild studio at the Tett Centre.
Equipment and fibre will be supplied.

Rib Basket Making

Instructor: Barb Heins

We will use a variety of materials to construct a rib basket in this one day workshop which is suitable for beginners to more experienced basket makers. Students will learn how to use hoops as a starting point for the basket and then how to insert ribs to make a frame to weave around. Their basket could start with two hoops to make a basket with a handle OR one hoop to make a handleless one. Students will be able to choose from commercially prepared materials or wild grapevine to make their hoops. They will also have a choice of weaving materials.

If time permits, we will use the same technique to make a much smaller more decorative basket.

Date: Saturday February 22,  2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. . – 4:30pm.
Maximum: – 6 students
Cost: $72.00 for members and $84.00 for non-members

All materials will be provided at a cost between $5.00 and $15.00 depending on the materials used.

Location: KHWS Guild studio(#205)  at the Tett Centre.

Painted Warps, Hand Coloured Yarn or Roving: a dye workshop for cellulose and silk

Instructor: Jackie Sylvester

Add a new dimension to your weaving, spinning or knitting. We'll have fun mixing our colours, then painting warps, roving or skeins for our unique projects. We'll learn the basics of working with Procion MX fiber-reactive dyes, how to mix colours, technique and safety. Reactive dyes work well on cellulose fibres (tencel, cotton, bamboo, linen, ramie, and rayon) and silk.

Note: we are not working with wool in this workshop.

Participants will acquire natural coloured roving, yarn, or wind and tie a warp according to instructions before the workshop. Inquire if you want to be part of a group fibre order ahead of the workshop. If this is your first project in painting with dye, tencel is a wonderful fibre to work with, it has an inherent drape and sheen; you need two 227 gm (½ lb) tubes for warp and weft to weave two scarves.

Skeins for knitting and roving for spinning can be prepared ahead of time.

Date: February 29, 2020
Time: 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $72.00 for members and $84.00 for non members
Location: KHWS studio in the Tett Centre

Maximum 8 Participants

Materials: $20 to be paid to the instructor. A list of other equipment and supplies (rubber gloves, etc.) that the participants are responsible for will be distributed before the workshop.

Sewing with Handwovens (Bomber style jacket)

Instructor: Roberta McKinney

Worried about cutting into your precious handwoven yardage? This two day workshop will help take the mystery and stress out of sewing with your handwoven fabric. We will make an unstructured jacket, based roughly on your measurements. No commercial pattern needed.-

Date: March 21 and 22, 2020
Time: 9:30 am. – 4:30 pm.
Cost: $144.00 members and $168.00 for non members
Location: KHWS studio (#205) in the Tett Centre
Maximum 8 participants

Requirements - 2.5 - 3.5 yards of handwoven ‘jacket-weight’ fabric (or suitable commercial fabric)
- lining is optional
-zipper - 22” separating to match fabric
- thread, scissors, pins, etc.
- extra yarn for knitted cuffs, if desired

Equipment - permanent marker that shows well on your fabric
- sewing machine
- serger, if available We may share

Introduction to Weaving with a Table Loom

Instructor: Norma Rosier

In this 2 ½ day workshop (15 hours) you will learn the basics of weaving using a table loom. Table looms are slightly simpler to use than floor looms, but the techniques learnt will apply to both types of loom.

You will learn how to prepare the loom and weave a small item such as a sampler or scarf. We will also discuss planning a weaving project and understanding patterns.

Dates and times:Saturday March 7, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday March 8, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday March 29, 10:00 am – 1 pm

Location: KHWS studio #205 in the Tett Centre

Cost: Members $180.00, and non-members $210.00

All equipment and materials will be supplied.

Polymer Clay Closures

Instructor: Carolyn Barnett

Have a fun day working with Polymer Clay. Make your own buttons, pins or accents for your handwoven or handspun and knitted garments.

Caroyln is well know for her felt or machine knitted garments with unique closures.

Date March 28, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $72.00 for members and $84.00 for non members
Location: KHWS studio in the Tett Centre

Maximum is 10 participants.

Materials provided, but if you have some of your own kits feel free to bring them along.

Spinning Luxurious Silk

Instructor – Beth Abbott

Learn to spin several forms and types of silk to create yarns for knitting, weaving, and embroidery. Silk is long and lustrous and you will be surprised at how easy it is to handle. Silk is great when added to other fibres in a blend or plied with other fibres for a sparkle. Have fun creating yarns with silk and silk blends, learn about finishing and using silk yarns in your projects.

Date: April 18, 2020

Time: 9:30 – 4:30

Location: Guild studio (suite #205) in the Tett Centre

Cost: $72.00 for members or $84.00 for non members

Supply fee: $20 - $25 for the silk supplied by the instructor

Weaving Structure: Huck Lace

Instructor – Barb Heins

This two day workshop is an introduction to four shaft and eight shaft Huck Lace. It is suitable for intermediate level weavers.

Participants will be given loom threading instructions prior to the workshop so they arrive with a warped loom, ready to weave.

We will then explore Huck Lace and its many variations by weaving small samples. Samples will include basic Huck warp versus weft floats, lace weave, stripes and colour changes. Then we will use the Huck threading to weave Twill, Monk’s Belt, Overshot Petit Point, Honeycomb and more.

Students will also learn about yarns and setts suitable for Huck Lace. Students will have the option of making a longer warp and then weaving a Huck scarf after the workshop.

Date: April 25 – 26, 2020
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $144.00 for members, $168.00 for non members
Location: Tett Centre. KHWS Studio #205

There is no materials fee since students will be providing their own yarns. A list of supplies and equipment needed will be distributed prior to the workshop.

There may be a small fee for photocopies etc.


Workshop Registration

Please make your cheque payable to "KHWS" and date one month before the workshop. Write a separate cheque for each workshop. Your place in the workshop is secured by your payment, except that members are given priority up to 2 months before the workshop. Your cheque will not be cashed unless there is a place available in the
workshop. Drop off your cheque with your details at a monthly meeting, Open Studio days (details on our home page), or post to:

Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners
Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning
205 - 370 King Street West
Kingston, ON
K7L 2X4

Members should email Norma Rosier to let her know that they have sent/brought in payment.

If you are not yet a Guild member contact us Here for more details.

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.

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 reserve (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.

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.

You do not need to be a member to register for a workshop, but members benefit from reduced workshop fees. Membership is $50 per year, and runs from June 1st to May 31st.

Guild members have access to our studio equipment and extensive library.

We have mentors in spinning, weaving, basketry, felting and ceinture fleche.