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 Winter School (11-23 August 2017)

Dates Course Title Tutor Number
Saturday,
12 August
Spinning Luxurious Exotic Down Fibres
BOOKED OUT
Tony Meskauskas WS2
Sunday,
13 August
Bubbling and Looping Yarns
2 PLACES LEFT
Sylvia French WS3
Wednesday–Thursday,
16-17 August
Weaving as an Art Form – The Theo Moorman Technique
BOOKED OUT
Helen Halpin WS5
Tuesday–Wednesday,
22-23 August
Create your own Style with Weaves for Fabric
4 PLACES LEFT
Liz Calnan WS10

We are accepting late enrolments.

Bookings: Email or phone the Guild rooms 9745 1603 on Thursdays, 12 noon to 4.00pm 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 Winter School 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: 9.00am for 9.30am start until 4.30pm to be cleaned up by 5.00pm.

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:
Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild NSW Inc
BSB: 112 879
Account No: 043707452

Include your name and workshop code as description with each payment. Email or post your Winter School workshop form to the Guild.

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.


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.

Skill level: Advance beginners and intermediate spinners only. No beginner spinners
When: Saturday, 12 August
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Tony Meskauskas
Equipment/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 bouclé 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.

Skill level: Advance beginners and intermediate spinners only. No beginner spinners
When: Sunday, 13 August
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Sylvia French
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, 1/2 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)


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.

Skill level: Able to warp up and weave on a 4 shaft loom
When: Wednesday–Thursday, 16-17 August
Where: Guild Rooms behind St Paul’s Church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood NSW
Tutor: Helen Halpin
Equipment: 4 shaft loom warped up to specifications sent by the tutor
Materials: Any interesting threads with which you would like to work


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.

Skill Level: able to warp and weave on an 8 shaft loom
When: Tuesday–Wednesday, 22-23 August
Where: Liz Calnan’s studio at 28C Chester Street, Epping NSW
Tutor: Liz Calnan
Equipment: 8 shaft loom warped up to instructions sent by tutor
Materials: Yarns as specified by tutor


As always, contact the Guild for further information.