Workshops

Our workshop schedule is being updated - check back regularly for additions

Introduction to Weaving on a Table Loom with Norma Rosier

NOTE:  This workshop is available for registration again.  Send an email to kinghws@gmail.com and the instructor will contact you 

Dates and times:

Monday evenings - 6-8 pm - registration remains open; contact us if you are interested

  • 8 weeks - 2 hours per week

Fee: $200 for KHWS members - $230 for non members

Class size: minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 participants

Description: Suitable as a refresher class - or for new and interested weavers

In this 8 week night class (2 hours per week) you will learn the basics of weaving using a table loom or a rigid heddle loom.  Table looms are slightly simpler to use than floor looms, but the techniques learnt will apply to both types of looms.  Rigid heddle looms are simpler to set up, but more limited in the types of weaving possible.

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.  Tuition is geared to the needs and pace of each student.

At the end of the 8 weeks, you will have the option of continuing the  class to begin a new project and rent a loom to take home.

 

 

 

Spinning Silk

Spinning Silk with Beth Abbott

Saturday February 18 2023: 

                      9:00 am- 4:00pm

Fee:     $105.00 for members               $120.00 for non-members

Class Size: minimum of four, maximum of six participants.

Description: The morning will be spent learning how to spin different varieties of silk and the afternoon will be spent blending silk with other fibres.

Materials fee to be determined and to be paid to the instructor.

Introduction to Loom Weaving - FULL- future dates will be established

Introduction to Loom Weaving with Barbara Heins

Friday February 3: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday February 4: 9:00 am - 4 pm

Saturday February 11: 9:00 am - 4 pm

Fee: $240 for members + $10 materials  $270.00 + $10 for non members

Class Size: minimum of 4 maximum of 6

 

Description: Students will learn basic weaving theory and loom parts before winding a warp, dressing a floor loom and weaving a small sampler using various treadlings including plain weave or tabby, twill weaves, inlay and a simple lace weave. They will learn how to plan a project.

Students may use guild looms as part of the workshop.    Weaving on a loom

Handout fee: to paid to the instructor.

Woolen Spinning

Woolen Spinning with Elaine Horemans

Saturday March 11, 2023  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

pre-requisite: You must be able to spin a continuous thread

Fee: $105 for Guild members   $120.00 for non members

Class Size: minimum of 4 maximum of 6

Description: During this workshop you will learn the difference between woolen and worsted yarns. You will also learn how to prepare wool fibre using hand carding and drum carding.  You will explore several different wool spinning techniques.

Please bring your spinning wheel, extra bobbins, and hand carders if you have them.Some equipment will be available during the class. Please indicate if you will need to borrow any equipment when you signup for the class.

Fibre will be provided.  There will be a materials fee - payable to the instrucotron the day of the workshop.

 

Worsted Spinning

Worsted Spinning with Elaine Horemans

Sunday March 19, 2023  9:00 am - 4:00 pm

pre-requisite: You must be abe to spin a continuous thread

Fee: $105 for Guild members   $120.00 for non members

Class Size: minimum of 4 maximum of 6

Description: During this workshop you will learn the difference between worsted and woolen yarns. You will also learn how to comb and flick card fibre and spin worsted style.

Please bring: your spinning wheel and extra bobbins;  hand carders if you have them; flick carder or dog brush/comb; a piece of leather or small cutting board. Some equipment will be available during the class. Please indicate if you will need to borrow any equipment when you signup for the class.

Fibre will be provided.  There will be a materials fee - payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop.

 

Sewing a soft Jacket using Handwoven Fabric - with Roberta McKinney

Sat. March 4, 2023 and Sat. March 18, 2022 9:00 - 4:00 pm

Fees: $170 - KHWS members;  $185 - non members

Class size:  minimum of four and maximum of six participants

Description:

Students can chose to make a bomber style jacket with knit cuffs, collar and waistband, a vest or other wool jacket with a zipper closure. The course will not include making buttonholes in the wool fabric.  Students will need a minimum of three yards (for a jacket, less for a vest) of handwoven fabric, lining fabric and a sewing machine for this workshop. They will learn how to cut out the jacket using a pattern, which will be provided, and then sew the jacket using their handwoven fabric on the first Saturday. They will take the jacket home to knit the cuffs and waistband during the two weeks between workshop dates. The second day will be used to line the jacket.

Summer and Winter ( weaving structure)

Summer and Winter with Susi Reinink             

Summer and Winter weaving

Friday March 24: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Saturday March 25: 9-4

Sunday March 26: 9-4

 

Fee:     $240.00 for members              $270.00 for non-members

Class Size: minimum of four and maximum of six participants

 

Description: The workshop is for intermediate weavers.

Students will be designing an attractive motif either on four or eight shafts with the use of a profile draft as the starting point for the sampler. 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. The difference between a standard tie-up and a skeleton tie-up will be pointed out. If designing on more than four shafts: quadrants, polychrome and turned Summer and Winter will be covered in theory.

Handout Fee: to be paid to the instructor

Summer and Winter weaving

Painted warp, hand coloured yarn or roving (dyeing)

Painted Warp, Hand Coloured Yarn or Roving with Jackie Sylvester

Saturday April 1:  9:30-4:30

Fee:    $105.00 for members                $120.00 for non-members

Class Size: minimum of 4, maximum of 6

Description: This workshop is open to all participants.

Add an exciting dimension to your weaving, spinning or knitting. Bring your cotton, linen, Tencel, bamboo or silk for a day filled with glorious colour effects by painting with dye.

We will be using Fibre Reactive Dyes for cellulose and silk.

Instructions for winding a warp for two scarves will be supplied ahead of the workshop for those who want to paint a warp. If this if your first project in a painted warp, Tencel is a wonderful fibre to work with, it has an inherent drape and sheen. You need two 227 gram ( ½ lb)tubes for warp and weft for two scarves

We will not be working with wool in this workshop.

Material Fee: Participants provide their own fibre - $20.00 for dye materials 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.

 

 

Rug Weaving Techniques

Rug Weaving Techniques with Norma Rosier

Saturday April 15  9:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday April 16 - 9:00 am -4:00 pm 

Fee:    $210 for members                $240 for non-members

Class Size: minimum of 4, maximum of 6

Description:

This class is sutable for weavers of all experience levels.

In this two day workshop, you will explore a variety of weave structures suitable for rug weaving.  Flat woven weft faced rugs, hand manipulated structures and some pile techniques will be covered.  The workshop is a round robin format, and each participant will pre-warp one studio loom for weaving samples.

Materials and handout fees are included in the workshop fee.

 

 

 

Pine Needle Basket - no basketry experience needed

Pine Needle Basket with Barbara Heins

Saturday April 22, 2023

Fee:     $105:00 for members                   $120.00 for non-members

Class Size: minimum of four, maximum of 6

Description: This workshop is open to all participants.

No prior basketry experience is necessary.

 

This workshop is will introduce students to the coiling technique used to make baskets. We will be using Ponderosa pine needles and a base of leather or wood to create small baskets with or without lids. This technique uses stitching to hold the coils together.

 

Materials Fee of $20.00 to be paid to the instructor.

 

 

More workshops are being scheduled

We have had requests for additional introductory spinning ( spindle and wheel) workshops.  We are working to schedule these.

Learning to weave - the table loom workshop can accommodate a continuous intake process.  As people complete their 8 weeks, new participants begin.

An addiitonal workshop for floor loom weaving will be scheduled.

If you have questions, or requests, contact us by email kinghws@gmail.com

 

Workshop Registration

Email your interest to register  to heinsATkingstonDOTnet.  Your payment will confirm your place in the workshop.  Cheques (payable to KHWS) may be dropped off at our studio or sent by mail to the address below.

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

If you are not yet a Guild member contact us Here for more details. NOTE:  Our membership year begins June 1 and ends May 31.

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  and printing 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 $60 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,  and felting.