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.


WM2: Exploring Four Shaft Weaves (Monk’s Belt and Rosepath)

This session moves beyond the straight threading used in WM1 and explores a traditional two-block weave and point threading.  Students will weave pieces that require two weft yarns (a pattern weft and a binder weft).  The module also covers an introduction to profile drafting and block theory on four shafts. Students will weave a sampler in Monk’s Belt using a threading of their own design, a sampler in Rosepath, and a project piece in either Monk’s Belt or Rosepath.

Skill level: students require some experience in weaving plain weave and twill on four shafts; winding a warp and dressing a loom (eg completion of WM1 or Introduction to weaving on a 4 shaft loom course).
When:  Saturday 22 April, Sundays 30 April, 14 May, 28 May and 11 June 2017 from 10am until 5pm
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Anne Lewis
Cost:  $270 ($330 non-members)

Guild Winter School (11-23 August 2017)

 

DATES COURSE TITLE TUTOR NUMBER
Friday Aug 11 SPINNING GORILLA YARNS MARIE CLEWS WS1
Saturday Aug 12 SPINNING  LUXURIOUS EXOTIC DOWN FIBRES TONY MESKAUSKAS WS2
Sunday Aug 13 BUBBLING AND LOOPING YARNS SYLVIA FRENCH WS3
Monday – Tuesday Aug 14-15 ENHANCE YOUR TAPESTRY WITH COLOUR MARIE CLEWS AND YVONNE EADE WS4
Wednesday – Thursday Aug 16-17 WEAVING AS AN ART FORM – THE THEO MOORMAN TECHNIQUE HELEN HALPIN WS5
Wednesday – Thursday Aug 16-17 DON’T BE BAFFLED BY BLOCKS # LIZ CALNAN WS6
Friday Aug 18 DESIGNING KNITTED GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES WITH MITRED SQUARES BRENDA HORNE WS7
Saturday – Sunday Aug 19-20 ON A STRAIGHT EIGHT LIZ CALNAN WS8
Monday – Tuesday Aug 21-22 SHIBORI FELTING RAE WOOLNOUGH WS9
Tuesday – Wednesday Aug 22-23 CREATE YOUR OWN STYLE WITH WEAVES FOR FABRIC LIZ CALNAN WS10
Wednesday Aug 23 GAUGE, TENSION AND THE GOLDILOCKS METHOD IRIS HOROCH WS11

* Courses suited to CCHS students

# Courses suited to CCHW students

 

Bookings: Email nsweave@spin.net.au or phone the Guild rooms 97451603 on Thursdays, 12 noon to 4pm or leave a message. Full payment by direct debit deposit (quote workshop code) or cash (in person), credit card or cheque (payable to Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc.) with the workshop form will confirm you place/s.

Due Date: Payment and workshop forms must be received before Thursday 20 July.

Price: $90 per day for members, $110 per day for non-members. 10% discount if payment is made prior to 1 June 2017.

Refunds: The deadline date for deciding whether a class will go ahead is Thursday 20 July 2017, after which there will be NO REFUND given if you decide to cancel. If the class does not go ahead, then a full refund will be given to those who have already paid.

Materials Fee: Please pay to the tutor on the day. Tutor will advise the cost prior to the class.

Location: All classes, except classes taught by Liz Calnan, will be held in the Guild rooms above the hall behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood. Please note that access to the rooms is via a stairway. Classes with Liz Calnan will be taught at her studio 28C Chester St, Epping

Times: 9 for 9.30am start until 4.30 to be cleaned up by 5pm.

Contact: Please ensure you include your email address and phone number so we can contact you regarding equipment or materials or any changes to the course

Direct deposit: to Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild NSW Inc BSB 112 879 Acct No. 043707452

Include your name and workshop code as description with each payment. Email or post your workshop form to the Guild (see the form below,or onlinewww.nsweave.org.au)

Network Groups: For each workshop, 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 do our workshops at members’ prices and vice versa

WS1 – SPINNING GORILLA YARNS

What makes a gorilla yarn? What is a half gorilla? Come along to this workshop to learn all about gorilla yarns and more.

Tutor: Marie Clews
Skill Level: Able to spin
When:
Where:
Equipment/Materials: To be advise by the Tutor
Cost (1 sessions): $90 ($110 non members)

WS2 –SPINNING LUXURIOUS EXOTIC DOWN FIBRES

Let’s take a journey and tiptoe through the menagerie of luxurious exotic down fibres. Such as Cashmere, Camel, Yak, llama and super soft and cuddly Angora Rabbit and Angora Rabbit blends. We‘ll also take a little peek at Musk Ox and it’s undercoat fibre Qiviut. We will learn about each of their different properties and how best to spin them, understanding the process of making your down yarns will help make the most of your fibre and give your project that uniqueness that we all strive for.

Tutor: Tony Meskauskas
Skill Level: Advance beginners and intermediate spinners Only. SORRY NO Beginner Spinners
Equipment/materials:
Materials: Material packs with the different fibres will be supplied on the day by the Tutor, price to be announced later.

WS3 – BUBBLING AND LOOPING YARNS

There are an infinite range of possibilities when spinning bubbling and looping yarns. We will start by spinning a standard 3 ply looping boucle yarn using mohair and then see how the texture changes to bubbles with merino and stiff loops are formed with linen and hemp. Then we will explore alternate ways to form bubbles and loops using 2 ply techniques including: fibre shrinkage, an elastic core and knotting.

Tutor: Sylvia French
Skill Level: Advance beginners and intermediate spinners Only. SORRY NO Beginner Spinners
Equipment: Spinning wheel – a jumbo (wild, freedom etc) flyer is preferable, however if you do not have one it will be possible to use a standard flyer 4 bobbins (preferably at least 2 jumbos), Lazy Kate
Materials fee: $20 payable to tutor
Materials List: 1/2 Small bobbin of handspun fine single, ½ small bobbin of handspun single which is underspun, 1 sewing reel mercerised cotton or silk thread, 1 small cone of fine wool yarn 2-4 ply, 50g merino combed top (white)

WS4 ENHANCE YOUR TAPESTRY WITH COLOUR

EXPERIENCED weavers will expoloe many different technuqes to add vibrancy to your tapestry with colour blending, graduation, complementary colours, patterns and combinations. 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. You will also learn how to use colour to make a small tapesty. Designs provided.

Tutor: Marie Clews and Yvonne Eade; Enquiries to Yvonne at ylouisee@gmail.com
Skill Level: beginners to advanced
Equipment: Weavers Tapestry Frame loom provided for the class or bring one if you have one (about 60*20cm)
Materials Fee: TBA by tutors. Warp and some weft yarns included and other yarns and bobbins available for purchase

WS5 – WEAVING AS AN ART FORM – THE THEO MOORMAN TECHNIQUE – 4 shafts

This workshop will introduce weavers to a wonderful simple inlay technique developed by UK weaver; Theo Moorman. Theo describes her technique as an easier alternative to the laborious practice of traditional tapestry weaving.  The inlaid area is tied down by a ground thread which is very fine and barely visible. Participants will come to the workshop with their looms warped up. Contact Helen Halpin for any further information.

Tutor: Helen Halpin
Skill Level: Able to warp up and weave on a 4 shaft loom
Equipment: 4 shaft loom warped up to specifications sent by the tutor.
Materials: any interesting threads with which you would like to work

WS6 – DON’T BE BAFFLED BY BLOCKS

Master the concepts of blocks, using your graph paper and laptop with weaving software on the first day. Gain the freedom to play with weave structures. Second day – weave samples, in summer and winter as that will give us 6 blocks to play with, working on your own loom to get the maximum variation.

Tutor: Liz Calnan
Skill Level : Must be able to warp a 4 shaft loom. Suitable for Candidates for Certificate in Hand Weaving
Equipment: lap top computer with fibreworks program, Graph paper, loom
Materials: TBA by tutor
NB – this will be held at Liz Calnan’s studio at 28C Chester St, Epping

WS7 DESIGNING KNITTED GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES WITH MITRED SQUARES

Students will be asked to knit a swatch and then plan their own bespoke designs for garments and accessories on graph paper.  

Tutor: Brenda Horne
Skill Level: Able to knit, cast on and cast off
Equipment: knitting needles, graph paper
Materials: yarn of your own choosing

WS8 – ON A STRAIGHT EIGHT

Why rethread when you can weave so much on a straight eight threading?  A straight 8 can be a pointed threading on 5 as well as two lots of 4 shafts. Learn how to adapt weave structures to 8 shafts. Work on your own loom. Explore, before trying projects of your own

Tutor: Liz Calnan
Skill Level: able to warp up and weave on an 8 shaft loom
Equipment: 8 shaft loom
Materials: yarns of your choosing.
NB – this will be held at Liz Calnan’s studio at 28C Chester St, Epping

WS9 SHIBORI FELTING

What is ‘Shibori’? ‘Shibori’ is a Japanese word that means to tie, twist and/or bind. Artists use this method to create patterns on fabric by using resistances and then over-dyeing (often called tie-dyeing). This workshop explores the Shibori method using the natural shrinking properties of felt to create interesting patterns and three-dimensional textural effects. This felt can then be used to create jewellery, vessels or as an embellishment on hats/bags, etc., and incorporated into larger artworks. The workshop also includes using the ‘Nuno’ felting method, which is the lamination of fabric and wool to create light draping felted material. Participants will hand-dye silk material to use as a base cloth and will create ‘Nuno’ felted material and then progress to the more advanced ‘Shibori’ felting method.

Tutor: Rae Woolnough
Skill Level: Although this workshop includes advanced techniques, it is still suitable for anyone with some experience in felting
Equipment: Tutor will forward a list of equipment.
Materials $10.00 per person (can be paid on the day)

WS10 – CREATE YOUR OWN STYLE WITH WEAVES FOR FABRIC

Go home with a folder of samples of various weaves that are suitable for weaving fabric, woven off each loom, with drafts and information on each. Focus on yarn suitability, drape, stability, end use and finishing. Round robin workshop with shared looms.

Tutor: Liz Calnan
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kill Level: able to warp and weave on an 8 shaft loom
Equipment: 8 shaft loom warped up to instructions sent by tutor
Materials: yarns as specified by tutor
NB – this will be held at Liz Calnan’s studio at 28C Chester St, Epping

WS11 – GOLDILOCKS METHOD: TOO BIG, TOO SMALL, OR JUST RIGHT.

The aim of this workshop is to perfect the Goldilocks Method and the Outcome is that our knitting will be ‘just right’. What is gauge? What is tension? How does tension affect gauge? And why does it matter? This comprehensive workshop will answer these questions and more. You will learn how to accurately measure and adjust gauge, the many factors that affect gauge and what to do about them. Learn to identify what makes an even tension in knitting and tips and tricks to use to adjust your knitting so you have a perfect fabric for your project every time.

Tutor: Iris Horoch
Skill Level: able to knit, cast on and cast off
Materials: TBA by tutor

As always, contact the Guild for further information.