Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving -Short Course

Next Available: Sun, 14 Oct 10:00AM
5.5 hours x 5 Weeks


No weaving experience required! This comprehensive introductory course will guide you in the use of a 4 shaft table loom to weave your own cloth. Enjoy the satisfaction of taking yarn through to finished fabric.

Course cost includes yarn for your initial sampler and the use of a loom to take home between classes and for some weeks afterwards. 

Class Schedule

This course runs over 5 Sundays.

Term 4 with Amber Wooles

Dates: Oct 14, & 21, Nov 4 & 18, (10:00am to 3:30pm, with 30 mins lunch),

Dec 2 (1:00pm to 3:00pm)

Note: This course is designed in such a way that information and techniques learnt each session will be required for the next one. It is important that you can attend all the sessions and allow time for additional preparation and weaving outside class time.

* This course is offered 4 times a year. To enquire about future dates please email info@hwsgv.org.au.

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What you will learn
  • How to weave your own cloth using a 4 shaft table loom and related tools
  • We follow the whole process through: From choosing yarns and winding a warp to dressing the loom, interpreting drafts, weaving a series of simple structures and employing decorative finishing techniques
  • You will produce a sampler using basic structures and then plan and weave a project of your choice
What you will get
  • Expert skills-based tuition in handloom weaving
  • A complete set of notes for class and future reference
  • Use of your own 4 shaft table loom to take home between classes for the duration of the course
  • Yarn for your initial sampler

What to bring
  • * Notebook and pencil * Scissors * Tape measure * Blunt darning needle about 5cm long * Ruler * Calculator
  • After the completion of the sampler project, you will need to provide yarn for your own project. This will be discussed during class.
  • If you decide to take the loom home, please consider how you may transport it by car or on public transport. Some students find it manageable to use a small hand trolley, with straps to secure the loom.
What to wear

Casual and comfortable

Appropriate for

Anybody! No weaving experience required.

The Guild's aim is to bring together those who practise handweaving, spinning and allied crafts and to help and encourage them to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills by discussion, demonstration, exhibition, teaching and the provision of quality resource materials.

Our Guild rooms house an excellent library and craft supply, sell members work and host a wonderful range of interest groups, classes and workshops.

We have members and affiliated groups throughout the state.

Come and join us!

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds

The Guild reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient numbers. If we cancel the workshop you will be notified and will be issued with a 100% refund.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop/course date the Guild will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days before the workshop/course date the Guild will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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27 June 2018 • Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving -Short Course

Loved this course and learned a lot. Gerlinde and Pat were encouraging and laid back while sharing plenty of technical detail and guidance. Would recommend to anyone.


08 May 2018 • Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving -Short Course

A very thorough introduction to weaving, beyond the simplistic 1-day courses offered elsewhere. The instructors are very knowledgeable and approachable. Being able to take the looms home, or access in the Guild rooms, means each student can complete samples and project(s) at their own pace.


11 April 2018 • Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving -Short Course

Excellent. Very informative in this hands-on course. Learnt everything I need to continue on, confidently. Every step of the process was demonstrated, documented and then practiced until each student was competent and yet catering for individual's particular pace so that we all felt very satisfied with our progress and output. I highly recommend this course.

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