To take your spinning and fibre preparation skills to the next level learn to spin and stabilise singles yarn and to chain ply, hand card fibre, spin long-draw and finish to create a warm, soft woollen yarn. Create mini-skeins in three shades of grey, and spin alpaca fibre. Wheel mechanics will be discussed each week.
Classes will run for on two Saturdays with a gap of three weeks in between classes from 9 am until 3:30pm on March 14 and April 4, 2020. There will be lots of homework to keep you practicing in the gap between lessons!
Skill Level: Must be able to spin a 2-ply yarn.
Equipment: Spinning wheel, bobbins, lazy kate.
Materials: Fibre kit provided for a $15 fee
- fibre preparation skills for wool and alpaca fibre, spinning woollen yarn, creating gradients (three shades of grey)
- how to spin long-draw and chain ply
- methods of finishing singles and woollen yarn
- small-group tuition
- knowledge, skills and supervised spinning practice
- fibre kit (Fee payable to tutor at first lesson)
- spinning wheel (Please ensure it is in working order, or contact the Guild for hiring a wheel)
- bobbins and lazy kate
- fee for Fibre Kit ( approximately $15)
Must be able to spin a balanced 2-ply yarn
Vendor since 2017
The Guild brings together people who practice the arts of hand weaving, spinning and associated crafts and fosters and encourages the crafts by instruction, discussion and exhibition.
Joining the Guild has many benefits. And people joining from 1 October get the balance of the year, plus the full following year for the same price as a year’s membership. It also allows you to access classes at membership rates. Download a membership application now.
Meetings take place in the Church Hall behind St Paul’s Anglican Church, 205 Burwood Road, Burwood (Sydney) usually on the last Saturday of each month (except December) starting at 2pm. Usually, an interesting talk on a fibre-related subject is followed by a brief business meeting and afternoon tea. Come at 1pm for the mini-workshop or market and a bit of socialising.
The Guild Rooms are open before the Saturday meetings from 10am. They are also open each Thursday from 12noon to 4pm.
The Guild Rooms are located above the church hall behind St Paul’s Church. On Thursday afternoons and meeting Saturdays, you can browse in the library, members may borrow books, equipment and buy a limited selection of yarns, fibres and equipment at very reasonable prices from the Guild Shop. Visitors are always welcome.
We have many looms, spinning wheels, braiding stands and associated equipment for hire by members. Included are tools like blockers, warping mills and drum carders that you like to use occasionally but don’t have storage space for at home. This equipment is often useful for those doing workshops or classes in the Guild rooms.
The library has an extensive selection of books, magazines and DVDs that cover weaving, spinning, design, knitting, crochet, felting, basketry, dyeing, and various other fibre arts and crafts. Only members may take items from the rooms.
There are several Guild groups that meet every month or two to share ideas and learn new techniques in the Guild rooms. The Braids, Weaving, Exploring Felt, and Spinning Study Groups all welcome new members. Phone or e-mail the Guild rooms to find out when the next get-together will be or go to our calendar.
Classes and workshops run throughout the year with details of upcoming courses available for enrolment listed here. There are also numerous courses and workshops held during our Summer and Winter schools.
The Guild News is our monthly newsletter, which keeps members abreast of the business and activities of the Guild, its members and includes a comprehensive list of fibre related happenings in the area.
If anyone wishes to advertise in the Guild News, the following scale of charges apply (Members / Non-Members):
Full Page (19 x 27 cm) $100 / $150
1/2 Page (19 x 13.5 cm) $50 / $75
1/4 Page (9.6 x 13.5 cm) $40 / $60
1/8 Page (9.6 c 6.9 cm) $20 / $30
1/16 Page (9.6 x 3.6 cm) $10 / $15
Members can also post their goods for sale on the Guild’s noticeboard page.
We often receive requests for the address of fibre groups around Australia. As a service we share this information that we have developed over the years and attempt to keep updated.
Membership rates are for one calendar year starting 1 January and ending 31 December. New members joining from 1 October receive the balance of the current year for free when purchasing next year’s membership.
Membership, single, with emailed Guild News — $50
Membership, single, with posted Guild News — $65
Publication subscription, with emailed Guild News — $55
Publication subscription, with posted Guild News — $70
Network Group*, with emailed Guild News — $60
Network Group*, with posted Guild News — $75
* You must include the names of two of your Network Group members who are also HWS Guild NSW members.
To assist in the management of courses, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HWS Guild NSW reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum enrolment is not reached within one week of the course commencing.
If a workshop is cancelled, participants will be offered places in another workshop or a full refund if preferred.
Secure your booking by paying in full.
Materials: 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 booking.
Locations: 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. Please check the course description for venue details.
Times: Participants should arrive 30 minutes prior to class commencing. The venue must be cleaned up within 30 minutes of class finishing.
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 courses, 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 email@example.com Participants who cancel up to two weeks prior to the course commencing: full refund; cancellations after this date: no refund. HWS Guild NSW reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum enrolment is not reached within one week of the class commencing. If a workshop is cancelled, participants will be offered places in other workshop or a full refund if preferred.