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Next Steps for Beginning Weavers: Exploring Weave Structures

Dates: Friday-Sunday, September 13th-15th
Friday: 2 pm till 5 pm OR 6 pm till 9 pm *
Saturday: 9.30 am till 4.30 pm
Sunday: 9.30 am till 4.30 pm

* choice of afternoon or evening on Friday, to suit your availability Instructor: Norma Rosier

Designed for those who have taken our Introductory workshop (either table loom or floor loom), this 15 hour workshop will give you practice at winding a warp and dressing a loom, under full guidance. Then you will weave samples of several different weave structures, including:

Colour and Weave
Point twill/Rosepath
Lace type weaves
Weft-faced weave (used for rugs and tapestries)

Mainly using table looms, each loom will be warped for a different weave, and weavers will take turns to work on each loom, and take home their own reference samples. There will also be an opportunity to try a couple of floor looms (jack and counterbalanced) and learn how they differ from table looms.

Note that this is a learning workshop, so you should not expect to weave a finished article.

Fee $180 for members, $210 for non-members.
Materials fee: $10 paid to the instructor

E-mail Norma Rosier ( to indicate your interest in registering and follow up with payment to confirm your space.


Saori weaving

Instructor: Beth Abbott

Description: Have you ever found yourself enjoying the weaving process but wishing you could just keep on throwing that shuttle without regard for mistakes in pattern, beat etc? Saori weaving is a style of weaving that is a plain weave, done on two harnesses, allowing the weaver freedom to play with colours and textures without the constraints of treadling for a pattern. Ideally, it allows total freedom to play and enjoy the process of creating cloth without regard for rules or mistakes. Yarns with varying textures and colours are all used together, changing and meshing, as the weaver creates a unique cloth.
Most weavers create cloth for specific purposes and so we will consider the end use of the cloth when the warp is chosen and wound on the loom. After those simple decisions, it will be time to play and just have fun with colour and texture. Good projects to consider are vests, wraps, bags etc.
The instructor will provide lots of inspiration and some basic information to help you decide your end use and therefore your choice of warp and sett to help you get ready for the weekend together.
For the weft yarns, we will share a huge variety of yarns available.
Join us, learn, forget the rules and just get into the “zen” of weaving.

Date: September 21 – 22
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Cost: $144.00 members and $168.00 non members.
Material Cost: there may be a small cost to be paid directly to the instructor. Warp information will be circulated before the workshop.


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
• basic wheel maintenance
• how to spin a single ply yarn
• how to ply yarn
• how to wind off and wash your yarn
• troubleshooting

Students will produce a small skein of 2 ply yarn, tied appropriately and labelled, ready to use at home.

Date: October 5 and Ocotber 19 2019
Time: 9:00 am. to 12 noon.

Cost: $72.00 for members and $84.00 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.


How to choose a wool fleece for spinning:

Instructor: Elaine Horemans

Description: A half day workshop where you will examine several wool fleeces and learn what to look for and not look for in a spinning fleece. You will learn how to unroll, lay out and skirt a fleece and how to separate the various qualities. Different breed characteristics will be discussed. If time allows, we will learn different methods to prepare a greasy fleece and spin in the grease. No spinning experience is necessary but would be helpful.

Date: October 5, 2019.
Time: 1:00 pm. to 4 pm.

Cost: $36.00 for members and $42.00 for non-member

No materials fee but fleeces will be available for sale afterward.


Ways to Spin a Space Dyed Roving

Instructor: Elaine Horemans

Description: A half day workshop where you will learn 5 different ways to prepare and spin a space-dyed roving to achieve different effects. Participants need to be comfortable spinning and plying, and knitting samples. Bring your spinning wheel, extra bobbins and lazy kate and knitting needles sized to knit your 'default' yarn. Roving will be provided.

Date: October 19 2019
Time: 1:00 pm. to 4 pm.

Cost: $36.00 for members and $42.00 for non-member

There will be a small materials fee to cover the cost of the roving.


Weave 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: November 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.


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.