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 2018/2019
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.
Nature Dyeing in Cottage Country
Sept 8th & 9th
This class has been cancelled due to illness.
Rescheduling to be determined
Class time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1hr. Lunch, share and Q&A.
tea, coffee, water is supplied
Instructors: Faye Jacobs and Anne Gallant
Class size: 3 min. 12 max.
Dye a rainbow of colour on wool and silk using colour extracted from lichen, mushrooms and plants! We’ll show you how to get exciting colours from easily accessible materials, and take the mystery out of mordants and modifiers.
Day 1 we cover dye basics and safety. The use of dye sources that are likely in your kitchen, as well as wild Mushrooms.
Day 2 we review dye basics and safety using local wild dye plants and lichen. We’re offering a bonus session on eco-printing with iron cloth and local plants on paper and silk.
Sign up for Day 1, Day 2 or come for both days at a discounted price!
Please Note the Location:
Camp Kawartha Environment Centre, 2505 Pioneer Rd. Peterborough Ontario, K9J6Y1.
Registered participants will be sent a list of basic dye kit equipment to bring. Space is limited, sign up early.
Cost for a single day (either Day 1 or Day 2): $75
Cost for both days (Day 1 and Day 2): $130
Material cost on-site day of workshop $10 paid to instructor.
Love Your Spinning Wheel
Sunday Sept 16, 1-3:30 PM
Learn about drive bands and ratios, tension and twist; we’ll take the mystery out of how a spinning wheel works, and show you how to take loving care of your wheel.
3D Felted Critter Workshop
Guest Instructor: Monika Schaefer
Saturday, Oct. 13 10:00am – 1:00pm
Maximum students: 6
You will learn how to make a 3D needle-felted animal of your choice: elephant, dog, cat, horse, goat, chicken, dinosaur, monster, or ? Possibilities are endless! Bring a lunch in case you wish to stay longer.
Cost: $50 per person.
ACP Members: $42.50
Materials: $10.00 for wool and $14.00 for needle felting kit (payable to instructor)
Sunday morning Oct 28 and Nov 4
10 am – 12 noon
Come to class for more tips and resources, and trouble shooting challenges in your spinning.
Cost: $35.00 per Class
WIRE TREE SCULPTURE
Saturday, Sept. 29
1:00 pm – 4:00 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.
Material Fee: payable to lnstructor – $7.50
Instructor: Lois Watson
Sat., Oct. 20 and Sun., Oct. 21
Sat., Oct. 27
Sat., Nov. 3
Sat., Nov. 10
10 am – 2 pm each day.
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–shaft table loom, the same process you would use for a floor 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 an item 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-shaft 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)
Instructor: Anne Gallant
4 Sunday afternoons 1- 4:30 pm
Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, 18
Learn to spin on a wheel. We’ll start with how buy and wash a fleece, characteristics of wool, how to prepare the fleece, how to spin and how to finish your yarn.
Learn how to spin wool fleece on a spinning wheel to create yarn.
Register soon to reserve your spot in Anne’s spinning course. Anne is excited to share her extensive knowledge and tips with you.
ACP members: $185.00
Material cost for fibre etc.:
$50.00 payable to the instructor at the first class.
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.
Introduction to Felted Landscape – Painting with Wool
Saturday, November 24
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Maximum # of students: 10
Instructor: Kelly McLeod
This workshop explores painting using a 2 dimensional wool felting technique created by Kelly. Participants will create their own unique landscape using wet and dry felting techniques.
Whether you are experienced or just want to “Give it a Try”, this fun, relaxing workshop will not disappoint.
spray bottle, one large towel, one small towel. non-scented soap (Ivory), sharp scissors and
photos of landscapes that inspire you
ACP members: $42.50
Material fee: $20.00 ( paid to instructor)
Winter 2019 – Sunday 1 to 3:30
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.
Jan 20 2019
All about Angora – learn about characteristics of fiber from different breeds of angora rabbits, tips on blending and spinning angora.
Feb 24 2019
Blend it! – Learn about blending fibers to make the perfect yarn for your project. We’ll talk about blending for colour, texture and fabric hand.
March 24 2019
Spinning Pet Fiber – Learn how to spin fiber from a beloved pet into luxury yarn. This class will cover washing and preparing fiber, spinning techniques and possible end uses. We’ll work with dog fiber in class, bring cat fiber if you have it. Fiber from other types of pets is welcome — we’ll see what we can do with it!
April 21 2019
Spinning Camelids – learn how to spin camelid family fibers including alpaca, llama, and camel.
May 5 2019
Spinning Plant Fibers – learn how to spin plant fibers including cotton, flax, and hemp.
Winter Workshops are for spinners who have taken beginner spinning (or with instructor’s permission) – these workshops assume that participants have basic spinning skills, and are not suitable for those wishing to learn the basics of spinning.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: $40 per class – bundle 3 or more for $35.00 per class.
ACP Cost: $34.00 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.
Saturday, December 08
10:00am – 4:00pm (bring a lunch)
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: $81.00
Material fee: payable to instructor: $15.00
Saturday, January 19
Sunday, January 20
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Instructor: Kelly McLeod
We are pleased to have Kelly back to teach this 2 day workshop. This session held on a week-end, will result in a finished sculptured wet/dry landscape painting. On Day 1 you will create rocks and strips of wet felt. Day 2 will involve “sculpting” the painting working with various yarns and wool, using needle felting to complete a two dimensional felted painting.
Participants are asked to bring the following materials:
Two large towels, and two smaller towels
Non-scented soap (Ivory)
Photographs to help with composition.
A couple of pair of pantyhose (used will work, or buy at dollar store)
Any wool, yarn, thread, that you have available at home.
ACP Members: $110.50
Material fee: $ 20.00 cash paid to instructor on the first day.
Come, enjoy and bring a friend!