Workshops

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Workshops and Group meetings cancelled

We are currently postponing our workshops (scheduled for March 21- April 6, 2020).  We will be rescheduling these workshops. If you have any questions, contact us at kinghws@gmail.com

Thank you for understanding.

Workshop Registration

For non members, e-mail us at kinghws@gmail.com with your request. Please note: at this time we are not able to accept e-transfers.

More details are outlined at the end of the workshops descriptions.

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: postponed - will be rescheduled
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 To be rescheduled
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.

Dyeing for Colour ( protein fibres) - 2 day workshop

In this two day workshop, basic dyeing techniques will be introduced and practiced. You will have a chance to try a variety of weak acid dyes and work with the colour wheel to become very comfortable with mixing colours to get just the one you want.

Dyeing across the colour wheel gives some wonderful tertiary colours and dyeing a range of one colour illustrates how to create various intensities of colour.

Yarns will be mostly wool with the possibility of a little natural coloured silk.

No dyeing experience necessary.

Instructor – Stacey Robb
Date – To be rescheduled
Time – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location Tett Centre – KHWS studio #205

Minimum 4 - maximum 8 participants.

Cost - $144.00 members or $168.00 non members

Materials cost is yet to be determined.

A list of equipment and supplies (aprons and rubber gloves etc), to be brought by the participants will be circulated closer to the workshop,

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.

Weaving Structure: Summer and Winter

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: May 2nd and 3rd, 2019.
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.

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.

Two evenings - currenlty being rescheduled

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.