Calendar

Jan
3
Wed
2018 Summer School Commences
Jan 3 all-day
SS1 Exploring Loom Options with Andrew McCracken
Jan 3 all-day

SS1 Exploring Weaving Options with Andrew McCracken
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Wednesday, 3 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Have you ever thought you might like to weave, but never tried it, perhaps scared of the apparent complexity? Learn how each type of loom works and enjoy time to play with them. Weave on three different types of looms: an inkle loom, a rigid heddle loom and a table loom, and discuss other ways to weave such as on a pin loom, or tablet (not demonstrated or taught in this course). At the end of the day, you will have a better idea about whether you want to weave and on which kind of loom you would like to begin.
Equipment: None
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary
Materials: Notepad, pen, scissors & spectacles (if needed)
Link: Guild classes

Jan
4
Thu
SS2 Get Knotted – A macramé sampler with Lynne Britten
Jan 4 all-day

SS2 Getting Knotted – A macramé sampler with Lynne Britten
$95 / $115
One-day course: Thursday, 4 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
This course will introduce students to macramé and expand their knowledge and skills, so they can follow patterns but also be confident in designing and making their own original pieces. The students will learn the basic six knots and some of the many variations and combinations possible, and use them to create a sampler of their own design.
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: Scissors, ruler, fine black marker
Materials: Macramé Kit – approx. $25; Optional: beads to suit 1-2 strands of 4mm string
LinkGuild classes

Jan
5
Fri
SS3 Stitching Temari
Jan 5 all-day

SS3 Stitching Temari with Rod Byatt
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Friday, 5 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Learn the ancient Japanese folk art tradition of stitching on a small sphere. Originally made by mothers for their daughters as toys given on New Year’s Day, temari balls now represent deep friendship and loyalty. Work with geometric patterns and a restricted colour palette. Beginners will be introduced to the techniques, while the more experienced will improve their existing skillset. Beginners will have partially completed at least two balls by the end of the day. Intermediate/advanced students should contact the tutor ahead of the workshop and advise preferred designs and stitches.
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: Tapestry or large-eyed sewing needle, small scissors, tape measure, notebook & pen
Materials: Provided: pearl cotton #5 thread, prepared styrofoam balls. Intermediate/advanced students bring their own balls and threads.
Link: Guild classes

SS4 Exploring Texture and Colour in Art Yarns: From batt to scarf with Sylvia French @ TBA
Jan 5 all-day

SS4 Exploring Texture and Colour in Art Yarns: From batt to scarf with Sylvia French
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Friday, 5 January 2018
Venue TBA
Have you ever drooled over art batts and then been disappointed when they were spun? This course will show you how to create those to-die-for art batts. We will learn how to combine textures and colours for best effect, develop spinning techniques to spin the batts to show off the colours and textures to their optimum. Once we have spun a yarn from our batts, we will arm knit it into a scarf to wear home (as long as your car has air-con).
Skill Level: Intermediate – advanced
Equipment: Spinning wheel (preferably with jumbo or wild flyer), 2 jumbo bobbins or 4 smaller bobbins, silk or cotton thread, 2-ply yarn, lazy kate and drum carder (board carder or hand carders will work fine).
Materials: Fibre – bring fibres with varying textures and colours that you love: smooth top (merino, silk), curls (mohair, English Leicester, Border Leicester) and other textures (sari silk thread, silk noil, silk throwsters waste). Fibres available for purchase on the day, or we can raid the Yarn Shop (always fun).
Link: Guild classes

Jan
6
Sat
SS5 Learn Drop Spindle – Beginners with Tina McLeish
Jan 6 all-day

SS5 Learn to Drop Spindle – Beginner with Tina McLeish
$95 / $115
One-day course: Saturday, 6 January 2018
At Skein Sisters, Dulwich Hill
If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at spinning on a drop spindle, now is your chance. Learn how to spin on a drop spindle in this small hands-on course. We will play with different types of fleece and fibre preparations as well as learn to pre-draft fibre, the park-and-draft method and how to ply on your spindle. Gain the confidence to get started on this portable, relaxing and useful practice. You will take home your own spindle and bag of assorted fibre goodies to spin.
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: Wear comfortable pants
Materials: Spindle & Fibre Kit – $40
Link: Guild classes

SS6 Introductory Weaving with Andrew McCracken
Jan 6 – Jan 8 all-day

SS6 Introduction to Weaving with Andrew McCracken
$285 ($345 non-members)
Three-day course: Saturday – Monday, 6 – 8 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
This course introduces participants to good weaving skills and some basic weaving structures on a 4-shaft loom. Start weaving on pre-threaded looms and then move on to setting up looms. The course is mostly practical, but there is enough theory to enable you to plan and execute future projects for yourself. At the end of the course, each student will need to take a loom home to finish their project/scarf.
Skill Level: Basic: no previous experience necessary
Equipment: 4-shaft loom
Materials: TBA
Link: Guild classes

Jan
9
Tue
SS7 Explore Shadow Weave with Liz Calnan
Jan 9 – Jan 10 all-day

SS7 Explore Shadow Weave with Liz Calnan
$190 ($230 non-members)
Two-day course: Tues – Wed, 9 – 10 Jan 2018
at Liz Calnan’s Studio, Epping
This weave structure can be used for scarves and wraps; at denser setts, cushions, bags and upholstery; and in closer shades, as fabric for garments. Students thread their loom at home (instructions sent) and work on their own loom during the workshop, creating a variety of patterns. Most of the design work will be on graph paper for understanding of the design structure. More advanced work can be designed on weaving software and this will be demonstrated. Students will be able to design their own patterns at the conclusion of the workshop.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate: must be able to warp and thread a loom, winding the warp with two threads in hand. Suitable for weavers who are working towards the Intermediate CHW.
Equipment & Preparation: A threaded loom (instructions sent out prior to workshop), weft and warp yarn in two colours. Threadings work well on 4, 6, 8 or more shafts.
Materials: Small material fee (TBA) for notes
Link: Guild classes

SS8 Weave with Wire: Tablet-Woven Bangles with Angharad Rixon
Jan 9 – Jan 10 all-day

SS8 Weave with Wire: Tablet-Woven Bangles with Angharad Rixon
$190 ($230 non-members)
Two-day course: Tues – Wed, 9 – 10 Jan 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
This workshop aims to introduce weavers to the challenge of weaving both flat and tubular fabrics in fine wire. Tablet weaving is particularly suited to wire, and we will explore a variety of techniques to help manage the peculiarities of weaving metal and to see which ones give the most interesting effects. Students will learn to set up a warp using tablets and wire and after weaving a sample will design and make two bangles: one in a flat and the other in a tubular weave.
Skill Level: Intermediate – advanced
Equipment: Glasses if necessary
Materials: Wire Kit -$20
Link: Guild classes

Jan
10
Wed
SS9 Choosing Fleece for Spinning with Jen Eddington
Jan 10 all-day

SS9 Choosing Fleece for Spinning with Jen Eddington
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Wednesday, 10 January 2018
at Epping Creative Centre, Epping
Develop your skills to confidently select fleece for hand-spinning. You will skirt a fleece and learn how to choose fleece for hand-spinning projects, work with all types of fleece and identifying faults to avoid in fleece. Wash, card and comb fleece. This hands-on courseworks with raw wool, so please ensure your tetanus immunisation is up-to-date and wear an apron or other protective clothing. Jen will provide notes and a certificate of completion. This course will benefit spinners working towards the CCHS.
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: Spinning wheel, apron and bag for taking fleece home
Materials: Fleece Kit – $10
The Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association of Australia (NSW) Inc., South Coast and Southern Tablelands Branch generously donated fleece for this course.
Link: Guild classes

Jan
11
Thu
SS10 Explore the Creative Possibilities of Wonderful Long Wool with Jen Eddington
Jan 11 all-day

SS10 Explore the Creative Possibilities of Wonderful Long Wool with Jen Eddington
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Thursday, 11 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
The aim of this course is to experience the creative possibilities of using wool from a variety of longwool sheep. Work with the Longwool Kit, designed especially for this course, and learn various techniques for spinning longwools from rare-breeds including English Leicester, Border Leicester, Lincoln, Coopworth and Romney. This workshop will also include a demonstration of felting with longwool.
Skill Level: Advanced beginners and beyond; not suitable for beginners. This course will benefit spinners working towards CCHS.
Equipment: Spinning wheel and basic equipment.
Materials: Longwool Kit (200 g + fibre) – $30.
Link: Guild classes

SS11 Kasuri: Patterns in the Weft with Liz Calnan
Jan 11 – Jan 12 all-day

SS11 Kasuri: Patterns in the Weft with Liz Calnan
$190 ($230 non-members)
Two-day course: Thurs – Fri, 11 – 12 Jan 2018
at Liz Calnan’s Studio, Epping
Students work on their own pre-threaded looms. We use a resist-dyeing technique to dye the required weft. The dyed weft will be manipulated to form patterns on the cloth. Learn to design your own patterns for clothing, bags, placemats, scarves, wraps and wall hangings.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate: able to thread a 4-shaft loom and tightly bind a skein of thread. Equipment and Preparation: Bring a threaded loom with dark Bendigo 2-ply wool or similar to the course as well as additional light-coloured wool yarn to dye (NB. It is quicker to dye wool than cotton!). Materials: Small fee (TBA) for dyes & notes.
Link: Guild classes

Jan
12
Fri
SS12 Spinning Bast Fibres with Wendy Campbell
Jan 12 all-day

SS12 Spinning Bast Fibres with Wendy Campbell
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Friday, 12 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Flax (linen), Hemp and Ramie are all ancient fibres made by stripping away the outer cellulose from plant stems to expose the long bast fibres within. The fibres are usually available in combed-top form now, but the best flax, with fibres in excess of 45 cms, is line flax still in a strick and spun from a distaff. We will look briefly at the history of these fibres and their uses, and then experiment with their spinning.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner and beyond: not suitable for beginners. This course will benefit spinners working towards the CCHS.
Equipment: Spinning wheel and bobbins
Materials: Provided. fee TBA
Link: Guild classes

Jan
13
Sat
SS13 Fabulous Four with Helen Halpin
Jan 13 – Jan 14 all-day

SS13 Fabulous Four with Helen Halpin
$190 ($230 non-members)
Two-day course: Sat – Sun, 13 -14 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Have you just learnt to weave, or are you a lapsed weaver and have the following questions in your head: What will I weave? Can I get a warp on properly? Study four different structures for a 4-shaft loom. Learn the techniques: Repp (warp-faced), Basic Rug (weft-faced), Double Weave, and Honeycomb. We will review warping a loom and check looms are correctly prepared for a round-robin of weaving samples using each technique.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner: able to warp a 4-shaft loom and bring it ready to weave
Equipment and Preparation: 4-shaft loom, at least 3 shuttles, pick-up shuttle if you own one, basic weaving equipment (threading/sleying hooks and bobbin winder if using boat shuttles), masking tape, scissors, pencil, pen, tape measure, graph paper (8 squares to an inch if possible), notebook, … and of course, a coffee cup. Bring your loom to course, pre-warped with requested threading. Specific threading instructions sent to each participant.
Materials: $5 (pay on the day), yarn advice sent with threading details, otherwise they will be available from the tutor.
Link: Guild classes

Jan
14
Sun
SS14 Redding Method of Dyeing with Jen Eddington
Jan 14 all-day

SS14 Redding Method of Dyeing with Jen Eddington
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Sunday, 14 January 2018
at Epping Creative Centre, Epping
Immerse yourself in luscious colours and fibres using the Redding MethodTM to dye a pot of raw fibres in stunning colourways. From a generous kit of long locks and other fibres, create a colourway in one dye pot that will amaze you. Notes and fibres will be provided. http://reddingmethod.com/redding-method/
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary, but knowledge of acid dyeing would be helpful. This course will benefit spinners working towards the CCHS.
Equipment: Gloves, a mask, apron and plastic bag to take home damp wool
Materials: Dye & Fleece Kit – $30
Link: Guild classes

Jan
15
Mon
SS15 Introducing Two-Colour Brioche Knitting with Iris Horoch
Jan 15 all-day

SS15 Introducing Two-Colour Brioche Knitting with Iris Horoch
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Monday, 15 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Brioche makes a wonderful fabric. It can be squishy and warm for winter, or just plain lovely knitted with cotton for summer weight garments. It is a two-sided and therefore a reversible fabric. Start with a great brioche cast on and discuss a couple of others that work for brioche. Knit a flat two-colour brioche stitch, progressing to shaping with right and left slanting increases and decreases. Finally, cast off using a superb brioche technique as well as discuss other suitable options. It will be a busy day, but you will come away with a sampler and the knowledge to enable you to look at a beautiful brioche pattern such as the Geveldak Scarf by Nancy Marchant, shown to the left and say confidently, “I can do that”.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Equipment: Circular needles: one at yarn gauge and one at 1 mm smaller: eg 4mm and 3mm for 8 ply (long dp needles can be used), stitch markers
Materials: Contrasting 8 ply wool yarn – two solid colours, or one variegated & one solid colour
Link: Guild classes

SS16 Introduction to Felting with Rae Woolnough
Jan 15 all-day

SS16 Introduction to Felting with Rae Woolnough
$95 / $115
One-day course: Monday, 15 January 2018
at Epping Creative Centre, Epping
If you have ever wanted to learn how to felt – then this is the class for you! Learn to make felted balls, geodes, ropes/cords and simple flowers that can easily be turned into jewellery or decorations of many kinds. Make pieces of flat felt that can be used in many applications such as soft furnishings, (cushions, place mats, throws, etc.), book/tablet covers, jewellery, etc. Techniques will include using resists and adding a multitude of surface designs and embellishments. Learn how to join, cut, shape and manipulate felt while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the felting process.
Skill Level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: TBA
Materials: TBA
Link: Guild classes

Jan
16
Tue
SS17 Dyeing and Spinning Cotton with Joan Ruane (USA)
Jan 16 – Jan 18 all-day

SS17 Dyeing and Spinning Cotton with Joan Ruane (USA)
$285 ($345 non-members)
Three-day course: Tues – Thurs, 16 –18 Jan 2018
at Epping Creative Centre, Epping
Cotton is really easy to spin when you understand the nature of the fibre and learn a few basic techniques for spinning a short fibre. Start spinning cotton with supported spindles and charkha without the restriction of an orifice and flyer. Joan will guide you on how and why to adjust your wheel and teach you basic spinning techniques. Over three days, learn how to card cotton properly, make good quality punis and learn to spin cotton from punis; dye cotton fibres and slivers and paint cotton sliver; spin off the seed and prepared ‘easy-to-spin’ cotton sliver; spin for a project, learn cotton-plying techniques and how to finish cotton yarns for your desired use.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner and intermediate: must be able to treadle wheel clockwise without trouble. This course will benefit spinners working towards CCHS.
Equipment: Spinning wheel, fast whorl (10:1+) or fast feet, lazy kate, four bobbins, clean carders, niddy noddy, dark apron/lap cloth, wheel maintenance kit, tags, pencil, plastic bags, small wide-mouth jar, rubber gloves & face mask. Joan recommends bringing your own spinning chair if possible or a cushion.
Materials: Australian cotton fibre donated by CSIRO. Other materials TBA.
Link: Guild classes

Jan
19
Fri
SS18 Nuno Felting with Rae Woolnough
Jan 19 all-day

SS18 Nuno Felting with Rae Woolnough
$95 ($115 non-members)
One-day course: Friday, 19 January 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Nuno felting is the laminaton of light-weight material, such as silk or muslin, with wool roving/ tops to create soft, draping material that can be used to make garments, scarfs, soft furnishing and wraps of many kinds. Nuno-felted material is better suited to Australia’s climate as it is softer and cooler than straight felted items. Learn how to dye silk and then use that silk to create wonderfully-textured Nuno felt. Choose from smooth light-weight material to highly textured pieces, each stunning in colour and design.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner
Equipment: TBA
Materials: $ 5 ( pay on the day) includes access to silk dyes & resists. Pagent silk available from Rae at $10 per metre.
Link: Guild classes

Jan
20
Sat
SS19 Enhance Your Tapestry with Colour & Texture – Marie Clews and Yvonne Eade
Jan 20 – Jan 21 all-day

SS19 Enhance Your Tapestry with Colour & Texture – Marie Clews and Yvonne Eade
$190 ($230 non-members)
Two-day course: Sat – Sun, 20 – 21 Jan 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
EXPERIENCED WEAVERS will explore many different techniques to add vibrancy to your tapestry with colour blending, graduation, complementary colours, patterns and combinations. Learn to add textural elements if you wish. Bring a design or make one in class. BEGINNER WEAVERS will learn to warp a frame loom and explore various weft techniques including lines, angles, circles and shading. Learn how to use colour and texture to make a small tapestry. Designs will be provided.
Equipment: Frame loom provided for the class, or bring one (about 60 cm x 20 cm).
Materials: Fee TBA by tutors. Warp and some weft yarns included. Other yarns and bobbins available for purchase.
Link: Guild classes

Jan
22
Mon
SS20 Weave Ply-Split Vessels with Angharad Rixon
Jan 22 – Jan 23 all-day

SS20 Weave Ply-Split Vessels with Angharad Rixon
$190 ($230 non-members)
Two-day course: Mon – Tues, 22 – 23 Jan 2018
at Guild Rooms, Burwood
Ply-Split braiding provides endless possibilities for creating 3-dimensional forms. Learn the basics of this technique and create your own ply-split basket! Learn how to prepare your own cords to make beautiful patterns and textures. Working with paper, you will make very strong (and useful) baskets, boxes, trays etc in a technique that can also be adapted for chair seats for those interested in furniture making. Prepare cords for ply-split braiding and learn how to follow a pattern. Weave two samples and complete a small vessel/basket.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner and beyond
Equipment: A gripfid if you have one
Materials: Braiding Kit – $20
Link: Guild classes

Jan
25
Thu
Guild Open
Jan 25 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Jan
27
Sat
Guild Open
Jan 27 all-day

Guild Open
When: 10:30-2.00pm
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Followed by a general meeting in the church hall behind St Pauls church from 1pm until 4pm

Links for more info:
Guild Website

Feb
1
Thu
Guild Open
Feb 1 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Feb
3
Sat
Feast Day of St. Blaise (patron saint of wool combs)
Feb 3 all-day
Feb
8
Thu
Guild Open
Feb 8 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Feb
11
Sun
CCHS Information Day @ Guild rooms
Feb 11 all-day

If you are interested in the Guild’s Certificate of Competence in Hand Spinning come to this information day to learn what is involved and how it will improve your spinning.
More information can be found here.

Feb
15
Thu
Guild Open
Feb 15 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Feb
17
Sat
Weaving Interest Group
Feb 17 all-day

Weaving Interest Group
When:10-3pm
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Cost: $5
Links for more info:
General info on Guild’s Weaving Interest Group
Sometimes details for this particular date/day can be found on the Guild’s Ravelry discussion board

Feb
22
Thu
Guild Open
Feb 22 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Feb
24
Sat
Guild meeting
Feb 24 all-day

Guild Open
When: 10:30-2.00pm
Followed by a general meeting in the church hall behind St Pauls church from 1pm until 4pm

Links for more info:
Guild Website

Market Day
Feb 24 all-day

Call the office to book a table to sell your second hand yarn, equipment, books, handmade items. Trading will start at 1pm and continue after the General Meeting.

Mar
1
Thu
Guild Open
Mar 1 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Mar
8
Thu
Guild Open
Mar 8 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Mar
15
Thu
Guild Open
Mar 15 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Mar
17
Sat
Weaving Interest Group
Mar 17 all-day

Weaving Interest Group
When:10-3pm
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Cost: $5
Links for more info:
General info on Guild’s Weaving Interest Group
Sometimes details for this particular date/day can be found on the Guild’s Ravelry discussion board

Mar
18
Sun
Spinning Study Group
Mar 18 all-day

Skill Level: Be able to spin a consistent thread
When:10-3pm
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Cost: $5 ($10 non members)
Links for more info:
General info on Guild’s Spinning Study Group
Check out details for this particular date/day on the Guild’s Ravelry discussion board

Mar
22
Thu
Guild Open
Mar 22 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Mar
29
Thu
Guild Open
Mar 29 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Mar
31
Sat
Come and Play day
Mar 31 all-day
Guild meeting
Mar 31 all-day

Guild Open
When: 10:30-2.00pm

Followed by a general meeting in the church hall behind St Pauls church from 1pm until 4pm

Links for more info:
Guild Website

Apr
5
Thu
Guild Open
Apr 5 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Apr
12
Thu
Guild Open
Apr 12 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Apr
15
Sun
Spinning Study Group
Apr 15 all-day

Skill Level: Be able to spin a consistent thread
When:10-3pm
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Cost: $5 ($10 non members)
Links for more info:
General info on Guild’s Spinning Study Group
Check out details for this particular date/day on the Guild’s Ravelry discussion board

Apr
19
Thu
Guild Open
Apr 19 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Apr
21
Sat
Weaving Interest Group
Apr 21 all-day

Weaving Interest Group
When:10-3pm
Cost: $5
Links for more info:
General info on Guild’s Weaving Interest Group
Sometimes details for this particular date/day can be found on the Guild’s Ravelry discussion board

Apr
26
Thu
Guild Open
Apr 26 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

Apr
28
Sat
Guild meeting and AGM
Apr 28 all-day

Guild Open
When: 10:30-2.00pm

Followed by a general meeting and the annual general meeting in the church hall behind St Pauls church from 1pm until 4pm

Links for more info:
Guild Website

May
3
Thu
Guild Open
May 3 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm

May
10
Thu
Guild Open
May 10 all-day

When: 12noon to 4pm