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 – January 19, 2019 (Saturday)
Time – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Maximum 6 participants.

Cost - $60 members or $75 non-members

Supplies – All equipment and supplies included.


Transparency Workshop

June Hanson as the expert
Barbara Heins as the organizer


This is a one day workshop from 9:00 am to 4 pm. Participants will come with a loom already threaded according to our instructions to weave a sampler during class and then make a small originally designed transparency at home. If needed, we can offer a follow up evening to help people with framing or hanging the completed piece.

What you will learn:

~ how to make and use a cartoon
~ how to weave with linen
~ properties of linen yarn
~ which fibers are suitable to use when weaving a transparency
~ several different inlay techniques
~ how to make and use a butterfly with your yarn
~ how to design your own transparency
~ how to hang or frame the finished piece

Date: January 26, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 am – 4 pm.
Cost: $60.00 for members or $75.00 for non-members

Materials will be available from the instructors, and payment is to June and Barbara.


Simple, Stylish and Colourful – The Magic of Felt

Come and discover the wonder of felt-making. We will use colourful wool, adding fun embellishments, to create your own wearable-art scarf or a dynamic artwork suitable for framing.
In this workshop, we will experiment with the fascinating technique of wet-felting. The emphasis during the day will be to have fun in a creative environment. It will be an exciting day for those new to felt as well as those wishing to take their felt to a new level.
There will be a selection of beautiful merino wool fibres and sheer fabrics available to buy on the day (kits starting at $15), but if you have fibres you'd like to use bring them along.
All welcome.

Instructor: Jackie Sylvester
Date: February 02, 2019 (Saturday) Time: 9:15 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $60 members or $75 non-members
Supplies: approx. $15 - $35


Felted Bag, Vessel, or Perhaps a Tea Cozy!!

Felted Bag, Vessel, or Perhaps a Tea Cozy!!

Be as practical or whimsical as you fancy. Felting on a resist allows us to make any number of seamless shapes to explore design and colours in a third dimension. Join us for a day of creative inspiration. In this workshop, you will learn to plan your shape, incorporate different wool layouts and surface designs.
There will be a selection of beautiful wool fibres and sheer fabrics available to buy on the day (kits starting at $15), but if you have fibres you'd like to use bring them along. All welcome.

Instructor: Jackie Sylvester
Date: February 03, 2019 (Sunday) Time: 9:15 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $60 members or $75 non-members
Supplies: approx. $15 - $35


From Workhorse to Wonderful – Study in Plying

Instructor: Beth Fisher


Plying is something that is taken somewhat for granted in the handspinning world. We will spend a day looking at how to get the most from this most basic of spinning skills.

We will explore:

-Using plying to make yarns more durable
-How plying can affect stitch definition when knitting, crocheting or weaving
-Demystify ply angle and TPI (twist per inch) and why knowing this is important
-How plying can be expanded into increasingly complex novelty yarns.

Prerequisite skills:
Students will need to be able to spin a bobbin and ply on a wheel.

Spinning wheel with separate lazy kate. Bobbin holders on wheels are not sufficient for this class.
Minimum of 5 bobbins
Hand cards or flick cards
Paper and pencil for labelling and writing notes.

Materials fee of $10.00 payable to instructor

Date: February 9, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 9:00 – 4:00 pm.
Cost: $60.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members


Fifty Shades of Colour on Grey

Most often when we dye we start with white fibre but in this workshop we will work with grey yarns and fibres.

The underlying soft grey produces some heather tones you will not be able to produce in any other way. You will have a chance to try a variety of 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. Enjoy two days of playing with colour.

No dyeing experience necessary.

Instructor – Beth Abbott
Date – February 23 – 24, 2019
Time – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost - $120.00 members or $150.00 non members

Minimum 4 and maximum 8 participants.
Supplies - $15 - $20 (paid to Beth)


Learn to Spin on a Wheel!

Instructor: Elaine Horemans


Presented in two half-day sessions (3-hour classes). Participants will learn to use a spinning wheel to produce a small skein. They will also learn basic wheel maintenance, how to spin a single ply yarn, how to ply yarn, wind off and wash your yarn, and troubleshooting. Students will produce a small skein of 2 ply yarn, tied appropriately and labelled, ready to use at home.

Date: March 2 and March 9 (Two consecutive Saturday mornings)
Time: 9:00 am. to 12 noon.

Cost: $60.00 for members and $75.00 for non-member

All materials and equipment will be supplied.

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 one of our spinning wheels home 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 a small fee and the $400 paid deposit.


Worsted and Woolen

Instructor: Elaine Horemans


Learn the difference between worsted and woolen yarns. Learn how to prepare and spin wool using both worsted and woolen techniques. Practice spinning worsted yarn, woolen yarn and everything in between!

Prerequisite: You must be able to spin a continuous thread.
Max 8 participants,

Date: March 2 and 9. Two consecutive Saturday afternoons)
Time: 1:00 pm. – 4:00 pm

Cost: $60.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members
Material fee: – to be determined and will be paid directly to Elaine.

Please bring your spinning wheel with extra bobbins, hand carders, flick carder or dog brush/comb, and wool combs if you have them. Some equipment will be available to use in class. Please notify the workshop convenor if you need to borrow equipment. Fibre will be provided.


Introduction to Weaving on a Table Loom

Instructor: Norma Rosier


In this 2 day workshop (two consecutive Sundays) 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 scarf or table runner. We will also discuss planning a weaving project and understanding patterns.

Dates: Sundays March 3rd and March 10th, 2019 (Two consecutive Sundays)
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Cost: Members $120.00, and non-members $150.00

All equipment and materials will be supplied.


Beyond Beginners:

Description: This workshop is designed for weavers who have completed the beginners' course and wants to start another project with guidance. By weaving a project, different threadings and treadlings will be explored. There will be a number of weave structures to choose from. Materials will be chosen and may be purchased ahead of time, and Roberta usually likes to arrange a meeting with participants to organize this.

Instructor: Roberta McKinney
Date: Friday - Sunday, March 15th-17th, 2019
Times: Friday 6 pm – 9 pm, Saturday/Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $150 members, $180 non-members
Equipment is provided by the guild for each workshop


Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

Instructor: Norma Rosier

Description: This workshop is suitable for beginners, since no previous experience in weaving is required. It would also appeal to experienced weavers who have not previously tried tapestry weaving. Simple frames and beaters will be available for use during the workshop, and all materials are provided. After warping up the frame, we will practise some basic techniques, and then work through various methods for weaving with several colours to create images. Some finishing techniques will be covered, and we will discuss designing for tapestry weaving. A handout will be provided with details of all the techniques covered, and instructions for making your own frame.

Dates: March 23 and March 24
Time: Saturday 9.30-4.30 and Sunday 9.30-4.30

Cost: $120 for members and $150.00 for non-members

Limit: 6 participants

Fee of $10 per participant to cover materials and handouts, payable directly to instructor.


Lace Weaves

Instructor: Susi Reinink

Description: Threaded in a simple point twill the sampler is started with hand-manipulated lace weaves: Antique leno, Mexican Leno, Brooks Bouquet, Danish Medallion, Spanish Lace, Cavandoli Knots etc. Then loom controlled laces weaves will be explored: Mock Leno and other treadlings. Re-threading to Huck gives added insight to the many possibilities of lace weaving. The differences of Swedish Lace, Bronson Lace, Spot Bronson and Huck will be discussed. If time allows, students can choose one of the other threadings or Bead Leno for the remainder of the warp.

Date: April 6 and 7, 2019 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: 9:00 am. – 4:00 pm.

Cost: $120.00 for members and $150.00 for non-members

Participants will be supplied with threading instructors prior to the workshop, so that they come to class with their loom warped.


Introductory Weaving Course


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

Instructor: Steve Trapp
Class size: 4 minimum to 6 maximum.
Date: Friday, April 12th - Saturday and Sunday, April 13th-14th,
Time: Friday: 6:00-9:00 pm,
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $150:00 Members and $180:00 Non-members
Equipment and materials needed are supplied.


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.