We host a series of Saturday weaving and spinning classes every year, where beginners and new members are especially welcome. Our guild also enjoys ad hoc workshops of special interest to members.
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Members can apply for the Regena Lerke Scolarship. The due date for applications is May 1/2018.
Please forward your completed application to the Guild President.
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New Classes 2018
Artisans Centre Fibre Classes:
The Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild are teaching classes at the Artisans Centre teaching space on the upper floor at 993 Talwood Dr. Peterborough – next to the Potters Gallery.
Classes are posted on the Artisans Centre web site www.artisanscentre.ca and Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild web site www.ptbo-hwsg.com
Check out these great classes – more to come – keep checking.
Spinning Techniques – 2nd Sunday of the Month Workshops
Sunday afternoon 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Jan. 14: Spinning Woolen – How, When, and Why
Feb. 11: Spinning Worsted – How, When, and Why
March 11: Plying Tools and Techniques – Learn when and why to ply, how to ply including traditional, chain ply and cable ply, plus tools and tips.
April 8: Spinning Mohair – How to prepare and spin mohair, ideas for blending with other fibres.
May 13: Spinning Silk – Learn about different types of silk, how to blend with other fibres, how to spin lustrous silk yarns.
June 10: Spinning Icelandic Fleece – an introduction to working with double coated fleece.
Prerequisite: Beginners Spinning Course.
This is a great opportunity for spinners to learn more about spinning. The time allotted will give you time to practice new skills in class.
Participants are encouraged to bring any tools they may have (eg. hand cards, combs, lazy kate etc.)
Material Costs: Material costs are extra. They will be payable to the instructor at each session. The cost will vary for each workshop.
The instructor will let you know the material cost prior to each workshop.
COST: $37.50 per class – bundle 3 or more for $35.00 per class.
ACP Cost: $32.00 per class –bundle 3 or more for $30.00 per class.
Please use a registration form for these workshops. Note you may register at the Potters Gallery. See the web page for their hours.
WEAVING – A NEXT PROJECT FOR BEGINNERS
10 am – 2 pm
2 days – Sat. Feb. 17 & 24
Maximum: 6 students
Prerequisite: Beginners Weaving Course
This should be a fun experience and help you feel more familiar with weaving.
In this two-day class you will finish a project. Penny will choose a project that will be using colours to create an interesting weave structure. You will have a choice of 2/8 cotton or a wool or synthetic of the same weight, e.g. orlec.
You will arrive at the workshop with the warp on your loom ready to thread the project and start weaving. You will finish your project on the second day.
Penny will be reviewing some of the basics from the beginners course as well as looing at finishing and fringes.
When you register the instructor will send you the information for the project.
Register by the end of January so you will have time to get yarn, wind your warp and put it on your loom. (Guild members may want to check out the yarn shelves at the guild.)
ACP Cost: $102.00
SIMPLE REED BASKET
Sat. April 14
10 am – 2:30 pm
Create a small basket that can be hung on your door or wall. The construction is simple using flat reed.
You may bring some decorative objects, buttons, ribbons, and charms to incorporate into the basket for a personal touch.
TO BRING: Apron, sharp garden shears,1/2 dozen clothes pegs, wash tub to soak the reed, and an old towel.
Christine Muir, a retired teacher is an experienced weaver and spinner and practitioner of the textile arts.
ACP member Cost: $51.00
Material Fee: $12.00 (payable to the instructor)
FELTED LANDSCAPE – PAINTING WITH WOOL
2 Saturdays – May 12 &19
12:30 – 4:30 pm.
We are pleased to have Kelly back to teach this workshop. This session, held on two consecutive Saturdays will result in a finished wet/dry landscape painting.
On day one you will create a wet felted painting using quality wools. Day two will involve working with various yarns and wool, using needle felting to complete a three dimensional felted painting.
The instructor will provide everything.
Come and enjoy – bring a friend.
ACP member: $135.00
Material Fee: $20.00 (payable to the instructor)
Next Session TBA
Maximum 4 students
This class is an introduction to Tapestry Weaving for beginners and those who know how to weave.
Tapestry is a handweaving technique that can be done on the simplest of looms. You will learn the basics of weaving on a frame loom. The basics include how to warp your loom, learning tapestry weaving techniques, how to plan a design and finishing techniques. You will begin your project in class and finish it at home.
Week One: A 16” x 20” stretcher frame loom, yarns and other equipment and notes will be supplied. You will practice weaving a variety of techniques to use in your tapestry project.
Week Two: You will start to weave your tapestry. Some yarns will be supplied, but you are encouraged to bring yarns suitable for your project and other materials like beads etc. that you want to use in your piece.
Cost: $95.00 (includes loom and material fee)
ACP member: $85.00 (includes loom and material fee)
Next Session Fall 2018
Instructor: Anne Gallant
Maximum: 4 students
Learn how to spin wool fleece on a spinning wheel to create yarn.
In this introductory course, you will learn:
- Basic spinning wheel mechanics.
- An overview of different sheep breeds and their wool.
- Fibre preparation and tools.
- Drafting and twist.
- Basics of plying wool.
- Where to buy fleece, spinning tools and what to look for.
Register soon to reserve your spot in Anne’s spinning course. Anne is excited to share her extensive knowledge and tips withyou.
Cost: $210.00 (includes use of a guild wheel)
ACP members: $183.00 (includes use of a guild wheel)
Material cost for fibre etc.: $50.00 payable to the instructor at the first class.
Instructor: Lois Watson
Next Session FALL 2018
Maximum: 6 students
Amaze yourself – you too can learn how to make beautiful cloth!
You will make a warp and learn how to put it on a 4–harness table loom.
Along with learning about many aspects of the world of weaving, you will weave samples of twill and plain weave.
Time permitting, you will weave a scarf on a second warp.
If you weave on a rigid heddle loom the course would be a good learning experience. Plain weave techniques learned on the 4-harness loom in this course can be used on a rigid heddle loom.
Cost: $330.00 (includes materials and loom use)
ACP members: $285.00 (includes materials and loom use)
9:30 am – 4 pm
Maximum: 6 students
Make something special – A fabulous gift for your mother, friend, or yourself. Weave a fabulous, cozy shawl, no loom required.
Lots of colour options available.
A cardboard loom will be provided for you along with instructions on how to make your own.
Penny is a very creative instructor who enjoys working with those new to weaving.
ACP members: $76.50
Material Fee: Payable to the instructor – $15.00
WIRE TREE SCULPTURE
Next session TBA
10 am – 4 pm
Maximum: 6 students
Create a unique tree sculpture using wire and stone, referencing the Canadian landscape. If you have a photo of a tree you love you may bring it to use for inspiration.
This is a very simple technique, but does require a lot of hand manipulation. At the end of the day you will leave with a one of a kind sculpture and very tired fingers. 😊
BRING: Pliers, lightweight flexible work gloves, a stone if you have one and lunch.
Wire will be provided, and there will be stone as well.
ACP Members: $76.50
Material Fee: Payable to the Instructor – $7.50