Weave Structure: Summer and Winter (Postponed)

Instructor: Susi Reinink

Summer and Winter is a very practical and versatile weave structure that can be applied to many purposes: upholstery, rugs, apparel, table linens, and more.

Participants will receive the warp specifications prior to the workshop and are expected to have their looms dressed, ready to weave.

All four basic treadlings will be explained and woven. The remainder of the warp will be used for a great variety of other treadlings, including pick-up techniques to expand design possibilities.

Profile drafts, and the difference between a standard tie-up and a skeleton tie-up will be pointed out. Designing on more than eight shafts, quadrants, polychrome and turned Summer and Winter will be covered in theory.

This workshop is suitable for relative novice weavers as the instructions are in a gradual format and treadling information is provided.

Date: November 2nd and 3rd, 2019. This will be rescheduled
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Cost: $144.00 members and $168.00 non members.
Location: Guild studio in the Tett Centre

There may be a small cost on the day of the workshop to cover Photocopying and other materials.


Rigid Heddle Weaving

Instructor: Sarah Cameron


The Rigid Heddle Loom is simple and portable! It’s an easy tool to explore the wonder of weaving while trying new yarns or using up your stash.

This 1 day introductory class will guide you through weaving your first scarf, through the process of warping a rigid heddle loom, basic weaving methods and finishing techniques.

In this small group class you will have hands-on help every step of the way.

Date – November 23, 2019
Time – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Maximum 6 participants.

Cost - $72 members or $84 non-members

Supplies – All equipment and supplies included.

Registration Contact – Norma Rosier


Keep spinning…..

Instructor: Nancy Bowman

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Time: 9:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Description: Perhaps you have taken the “Learn to Spin” workshop and you are looking for some guided practice time. Perhaps you have been away from spinning and would like a refresher. Join us to take your next steps in spinning – and start using your finished yarns.

In this class you will:

  • Identify aspects of your spinning that you would like to focus on,
  • Review, refresh and practice spinning skills (we have a number of library resources to help with this),
  • Understand and experience adjustments on your wheel,
  • Be encouraged to start using your handspun (primarily in knitting),
    – Samples and potential patterns will be available
  • Tour the studio and see what equipment is available to members,
  • Explore some of the various fibre prep equipment available (drum carder; blending board; hand carders),
  • Optional – try different spinning wheels
  • Group time 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Independent practice / supported studio time – until 4:30 p.m.
    Advantages – try some of the Guild spinning wheels; explore the resources that are available in our Guild Library to support your continued learning; learn where to find and how to use various spinning related equipment in the studio
    Participants may bring their own spinning wheel (or spindle) and fibre prep equipment or plan to use studio equipment*
    Bring your own fibre to spin and / or purchase from the instructor
    Bring any and all samples of your handspun (yes …all) – bring a few knitting needles – or crochet hooks if that is your preference
Maximum: 6 students
Location: Guild Studio at the Tett Centre.
Cost: $72.00 members or $84.00 non-members


Introduction to weaving on an Inkle Loom

Instructor: Alison Ginn

Inkle looms are small looms used to weave narrow bands. In this workshop, the focus will be on the basics of warping and weaving on an inkle loom. Project planning – including choosing materials and designing patterns – will also be covered.
A materials list will be supplied.

Date: Saturday January 18th, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00pm.
Maximum: 6 students
Location: Guild Studio at the Tett Centre.
Cost: $72.00 members or $84.00 non-members


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.


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.


More workshops are being finalized for winter and spring - watch this space and our Facebook page for updates.


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.