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 (scroll down for course list)

Key registration dates

Book before 30 November 2017. After this date, courses without sufficient enrolments may be cancelled. A 10% early-bird discount is available until 4 November 2017. If places are available and the course is proceeding, late enrolments will be accepted up until 3 January 2018.

To book

  1. Register your interest by sending an email to , or phone the Guild rooms (02 9745 1603) on Thursdays between 12 noon to 4.00pm or leave a message outside of these hours. During December and January, phone the Workshop Co-ordinator on 04 3940 8159.
  2. Email to or post booking form to:

    Hand Weavers & Spinners Guild of NSW Inc
    PO Box 578
    Burwood NSW 1805

  3. Secure your booking by paying in full and submitting your booking form. Payment methods are given in detail on the booking form.


Most courses have requirement lists and a materials fee payable to your tutor in class. Your class requirements list will be forwarded to you after 30 November 2017.


Most courses will be held in the Guild Rooms above the hall, behind St Paul’s Anglican Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood. Please note that access to the rooms is via a stairway. Some courses will be held at other locations in Epping and Dulwich Hill. Please check the course description for venue details.


Participant should arrive at 9.00am. Class commences at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm. The venue must be cleaned up by 5.00pm.

Network groups

For each course, one member may pay at the member’s rate on confirmation of their financial status by their group and its approval.

Knitters Guild NSW

We have a reciprocal arrangement with the Knitters Guild whereby their members may enrol at members’ prices and vice versa.

Refund policy

To assist in the management of this Summer School, a cancellation process is essential. Cancellation must be in writing to:

Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc
PO Box 578
Burwood NSW 1805

or email . Cancellations up to 30 November 2017 will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 30 November 2017 will receive no refund. HWS Guild NSW Inc. reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum enrolment is not reached by Thursday, 30 November 2017. If a workshop is cancelled, participants will be offered places in other workshop or a full refund if preferred.

SS1 Exploring Weaving Options with Andrew McCracken

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.
One-day course: Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
Equipment: None
Skill level: No previous experience necessary
Materials: Notepad, pen, scissors & spectacles (if needed)

SS2 Getting Knotted – a Macramé Sampler with Lynne Britten

This course will introduce you to macramé and expand your knowledge and skills, so you can follow patterns but also be confident in designing and making your own original pieces. Learn the basic six knots and some of the many variations and combinations possible, and use them to create a sampler of your own design.
One-day course: Thursday, 4 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
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

SS3 Stitching Temari with Rod Byatt

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 skill set. 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.
One-day course: Friday, 5 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
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.

SS4 Exploring Texture and Colour in Art Yarns: From batt to scarf with Sylvia French

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).
One-day course: Friday, 5 January 2018 Venue TBA $95 ($115 non-members)
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).

SS5 Learn to Drop Spindle – Beginner with Tina McLeish

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.
One-day course: Saturday, 6 January 2018 At Skein Sisters, Dulwich Hill $95 ($115 non-members)
Materials: Spindle & Fibre Kit – $40
Skill level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: Wear comfortable pants

SS6 Introduction to Weaving with Andrew McCracken

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, you will need to take a loom home to finish your project/scarf.
Three-day course: Saturday – Monday, 6 – 8 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $285 ($345 non-members)
Skill level: Basic: no previous experience necessary
Equipment: 4-shaft loom
Materials: TBA

SS7 Explore Shadow Weave with Liz Calnan

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. You will be able to design your own patterns at the conclusion of the workshop.
Two-day course: Tuesday – Wednesday, 9 – 10 Jan 2018 at Liz Calnan’s Studio, Epping $190 ($230 non-members)
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

SS8 Weave with Wire: Tablet-Woven Bangles with Angharad Rixon

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. 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.
Two-day course: Tuesday – Wednesday, 9 – 10 Jan 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $190 ($230 non-members)
Skill level: Intermediate – advanced
Equipment: Glasses if necessary
Materials: Wire Kit -$20

SS9 Choosing Fleece for Spinning with Jen Eddington

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. In this hands-on course, working 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.
One-day course: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 at Epping Creative Centre, Epping $95 ($115 non-members)
Skill level: No previous experience necessary
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.
Equipment: Spinning wheel, apron and bag for taking fleece home

SS10 Explore the Creative Possibilities of Wonderful Long Wool with Jen Eddington

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.
One-day course: Thursday, 11 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
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

SS11 Kasuri: Patterns in the Weft with Liz Calnan

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. This technique allows you to design your own patterns for clothing, bags, place mats, scarves, wraps and wall hangings.
Two-day course: Thurs – Fri, 11 – 12 Jan 2018 at Liz Calnan’s Studio, Epping $190 ($230 non-members)
Skill level: Advanced beginner to intermediate: for weavers who are 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

SS12 Spinning Bast Fibres with Wendy Campbell

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.
One-day course: Friday, 12 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
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

SS13 Fabulous Four with Helen Halpin

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? In this course, 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.
Two-day course: Saturday – Sunday, 13 -14 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $190 ($230 non-members)
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.

SS14 Redding Method of Dyeing with Jen Eddington

Immerse yourself in luscious colours and fibres using the Redding Method 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.
One-day course: Sunday, 14 January 2018 at Epping Creative Centre, Epping $95 ($115 non-members)
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

SS15 Introducing Two-Colour Brioche Knitting with Iris Horoch

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”.
One-day course: Monday, 15 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
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

SS16 Introduction to Felting with Rae Woolnough

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.
One-day course: Monday, 15 January 2018 at Epping Creative Centre, Epping $95 ($115 non-members)
Skill level: No previous experience necessary
Equipment: TBA
Materials: TBA

SS17 Dyeing and Spinning Cotton with Joan Ruane (USA)

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.
Three-day course: Tues – Thurs, 16 –18 Jan 2018 at Epping Creative Centre, Epping $285 ($345 non-members)
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: Provided (fee TBA)

SS18 Nuno Felting with Rae Woolnough

Nuno felting is the lamination 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.
One-day course: Friday, 19 January 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $95 ($115 non-members)
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.

SS19 Enhance Your Tapestry with Colour & Texture — Marie Clews and Yvonne Eade

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.
Two-day course: Saturday – Sunday, 20 – 21 Jan 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $190 ($230 non-members)
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.

SS20 Weave Ply-Split Vessels with Angharad Rixon

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, students 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.
Two-day course: Monday – Tuesday, 22 – 23 Jan 2018 at Guild Rooms, Burwood $190 ($230 non-members)
Skill level: Advanced beginner and beyond
Materials: Braiding Kit – $20
Equipment: A gripfind if you have one