Classes and Workshops

Non-members are welcome to join the Guild to become eligible to hire equipment, use the library, etc. Please contact the Guild for further information. Download information on how to book classes and workshops.


Guild Summer School (3-18 January 2017)

Introduction to Weaving on a 4 shaft Loom (SS1)

Students will start with playing on some looms that are already set up, then moving on to setting up looms. The class is mostly practical but there is enough theory that students will be able to plan and execute future projects for themselves. At the end of the course each person will need to take a loom home to finish their project/scarf.

Skill Level: no prior experience required
When: Tues-Thurs 3-5 January 2017. 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Andrew McCraken
Equipment/material details: 4-shaft loom. All other materials and information to be advised by tutor prior.
Cost (3 sessions): $270 ($330 non members)

Temari Balls (SS2)

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 Originally made by mothers for their daughters as toys given on New Year’s Day, temari balls now represent deep friendship and loyalty. Beginners will be introduced to the techniques, while the more experienced will match their skill against a competency checklist.

Students who will make a start on at least three balls during the one-day workshop. Students will have access to the biggest collection of pattern books in Sydney and see the biggest collection of temari balls in Sydney.

Skill Level: The class will be suited for a composite of beginners, intermediates and advanced
When: 6 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Rod Byatt
Equipment/material details: Bring chenille sewing needles, scissors, tape measure. Pearl cotton #5 thread and styrofoam balls provided. Fee to be advised by tutor.
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Double weave with Colour Blends (SS3)

Make a simple wall-hanging to hold your weaving accessories:

  • woven in double weave;
  • four colours in the warp;
  • various colour blend possibilities;
  • horizontal open pockets for storing textile tools; e.g. shuttles; and,
  • closed filled pockets that can be used as pincushions.

Skill Level: Any level as long as student is able to warp loom to advised threading prior to the commencement of the workshop
When: Sat-Sun, 7-8 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Helen Halpin
Equipment/material details: Bring 4 shaft loom (warped according to instructions), yarn and shuttles. Tutor will advise the threading and materials prior to the class.
Cost (2 sessions): $180 ($220 non members)

Colour Knitting (SS4)

This class will explore various ways of using colours in knitting, starting with colour wheel discussion to see how colours interact with each other and help you choose colours for successful colour schemes, tones and contrasts to a good effect.
Class will also include intarsia (colour block), colour stranding (Fair Isle), handling of yarns while knitting, samples of chevron stripes, feather and fan lace in colours, short contrast thread technique.
Discussions and examples of the magic of overdyeing colours, other colour work types (e.g. entrelac).
Tension for actual projects will be discussed but samples can be worked to any comfortable handling tension.

Skill Level: Basic skills including ability to cast on, bind off, knit and purl.
When: Mon, 9 Janary 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Liz Gemmell
Equipment/material details: Bring at least six varied colour yarns (20-30g of each) in similar weight/ply (more than six colours of yarn is better if you have a large stash). Bring four pairs of knitting needles sized to suit the yarns you bring (also bring circular needles if you like). Needle size is not critical if you have a mixture of plies, then slightly larger needles rather than smaller needles will work well. Additionally, students will need to bring a notebook, pencil, eraser. A camera is also a good idea. If you have any books of colour knitting patterns or any knitted examples of colour work, please bring that as well.
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Dyeing (SS5)

Students will learn to create 144 repeatable colours by using only 7 colours and produce colour sample cards to take home as a permanent record for recreating unique colourways. Then students apply their new found knowledge to produce unique yarn for their own project.

Skill Level: all levels
When: Tues, 10 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Helen Rippin
Equipment/material details: tba
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Spinning Cotton (SS6)

Learn about the properties of cotton as a fibre, how to handle it’s short staple when spinning and the finishing processes for your handspun yarn. We will spin from seeded cotton, ginned cotton, cotton top and, time permitting, try spinning on a charkha.

This course is helpful for those undertaking the Guild’s Certificate of Competence in Hand Spinning (CCHS).

Skill Level: Students need to be reasonably competent with their own, functioning wheel.
When: Wed, 11 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Wendy Campbell
Equipment/material details: Bring spinning wheel. A materials pack will be supplied on the day at a cost of $8 paid to tutor).
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Plying Techniques (SS7)

In this workshop students will spin and ply wool, silk, mohair, tencel and other fibres to make 2 ply, 3 ply, 3 & 4 ply cables, knop, gimp and other novelty yarns. We will look at some commercial yarns and deconstruct them to see how they are made.

This course is helpful for those undertaking the Guild’s Certificate of Competence in Hand Spinning (CCHS).

Skill Level: All levels as long as singles can be spun in advance of course.
When: Thurs, 12 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Marie Clews
Equipment/material details: Bring spinning wheel, lazy kate, bobbins. Some spinning will be required before the workshop. As this is a plying workshop,  all singles yarn will need to be spun by student beforehand. Detailed information will be forwarded to participants by the tutor
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Spinning Art Yarns (SS8)

This course will enable you to try some beautiful textural spinning techniques, concentrating in three areas:
Spiraling yarns are very popular at the moment and are great way to show off hand dyed combed top. We will
explore: the thick and thin spiral and coils and variations on coils. Textural additions when plying will add life and colour to your yarn. We will practice creating: planets and comets and twists, tufts and puffs. Spinning around a core is a great way to display and take advantage of natural lock texture or the colours and textures of your arty batts. We will explore: locks and batts and cloud Boucle as seen in the Autumn 2016 issue of Ply magazine.

Skill Level: Intermediate and advanced spinners
When: Fri, 13 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Sylvia French
Equipment/material details: You will need a spinning wheel (preferably with a jumbo or wild flyer), bobbins, lazy kate, hand carders,
merino or Polwarth combed top, a drum or hand carded batt, English Leicester or Mohair curls, strong cotton sewing
thread and 2 ply commercial yarn for plying.
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Spindling (SS9)

Taking some beautiful fibres and rovings as well as a wide selection of spindles, we’ll work through all the “styles” of spindling from drop to support. From the tiniest Turkish to the majestic Navajo, we’ll try them all and learn how to take fibre and make it into yarn. The tutor has been spindling for 10 years and enjoy taking someone from throwing down the spindle and saying “I can’t do this” to seeing them produce fine, strong yarn.

Skill Level: all levels
When: Sat-Sun, 14-15 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Ann Jackson
Equipment/material details: Bring spindles if you have them.
Cost (2 sessions): $180 ($220 non members)

Unwind in Design (SS10)

This fun workshop will guide students through the fundamental design principles with simple, creative exercises where you can build up your design knowledge. Spend time in design play, getting comfortable using design language, deep diving into colour relationships, and even appreciate value!

Skill Level: any level
When: Mon, 16 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Gina Sirabella
Equipment/material details: tba
Cost (1 session): $90 ($110 non members)

Felt Like Lighting Up! (SS11)

In this course, participants will be creating ‘translucent’ patterned felt that, when lit up, can be used to create interesting simple table lamps, pendant lights, festival light garlands, etc. Learn how to create felt that is textured and contains hidden patterns/designs that only appear when lit up! Participants will also learn how to make a simple lampshade or pendant light.
This course will provide a new direction for an experienced felter or something very different for a felting beginner.

Skill Level: any level
When: Tues-Wed, 17-18 Januray 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Ray Woolnough
Equipment/material details: Students will be advised by tutor prior to course.
Cost (2 sessions): $180 ($220 non members)

Double Two Tie Weave (SS12)

This is a very versatile threading. One of tutor’s desires is not to thread very often, but weave a lot of different structures, and this is one threading that does twills in blocks, basket weave, plaited twill, double weave, combinations of these, summer and winter and stitched cloth. It can be used for light fabrics, to create warm heavy quilted fabrics and floor rugs. The workshop will be theory and weaving…. a come, think and play workshop!

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
When: Sat-Mon, 7-9 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Epping, NSW (address tba on enrolment)
Tutor: Liz Calnan
Equipment/material details: Bring and work on your own 8-shaft loom, shuttles, 2 note folders etc. A laptop or tablet for designing is an advantage. Fee for notes, and additional yarn use for samples on tutor’s looms.
Cost (3 sessions): $270 ($330 non members)

Finger Manipulated Weaves (SS13)

Students will work on their own 4 shaft loom. The course will cover leno, boutonne, Spanish lace, Danish medalion inlay, clasped weft, soumak and as much as we can fit into two days. Lots of examples to show students as well!

This course is designed to assist those people with some of the requirements of the Guild’s Certificate in Hand Weaving.

Skill Level: able to warp a 4 shaft loom with a straight draft of 1, 2, 3, 4.
When: Wed-Thurs, 11-12 January 2017, 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Epping, NSW (address tba on enrolment)
Tutor: Liz Calnan
Equipment/material details: Bring 4-shaft loom and shuttles. Tutor will contact you with material requirements.
Cost (3 sessions): $270 ($330 non members)

Rippsmatta (SS14)

Ripsmatta is a thicker fabric that is mostly used for placemats, floor rugs and wall hangings. With colour (and preferably 8 shafts) it has great possibilities The sample that will be completed will be suitable for table looms, 10-12cm wide, with cotton yarn… a taste for a bigger adventure!Structure of the course: Day 1 of class (Saturday) is theory and design and maybe, winding the warp (Laptop with weaving software needed). Sunday is not a class day, but will need to be used by students to dress the loom at home. Day 2 of class (Monday) is weaving day.

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
When: Sat and Mon, 14 and 16 January 2017 (Note: no class Sunday the 15th but homework to do), 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.
Where: Epping, NSW (address tba on enrolment)
Tutor: Liz Calnan
Equipment/material details: Bring 8 shaft loom, shuttles, laptop with weaving software. Tutor will contact you with material requirements.
Cost (2 sessions): $180 ($220 non members)

As always, contact the Guild for further information.