To provide the student the opportunity to study the characteristics, preparation and spinning techniques, of a variety of protein and cellulose fibres, so as to understand the spinning process, in order to design and produce yarns for a specific purpose. To be able to further pursue any area of interest in which the student wishes to further develop knowledge and expertise.
To understand the properties of different fibres.
To develop expertise in a variety of different spinning techniques.
To be able to spin to a given specification for a special purpose.
To explore the properties of yarn design.
To produce a comprehensive reference folio.
To produce an article of your own choice, demonstrating the understanding of the suitability of the choice, preparation of the fibre, and the spinning technique, appropriate for the end product.
Students to provide the materials to produce reference folio.
Fibres for the initial four (4) classes will be provided. Students to provide fibres for all other classes, except where special arrangements are made. i.e. in some instances bulk or luxury fibres will be sourced by the teaching committee and provided to students for a small additional fee. Instruction will be given in all topics during the course, however students will be expected to work at home to produce prepared fibre, samples, and reference folio.
All information is correct at the time of printing. The committee reserves the right to alter the topic, schedule or substitute tutors if the need arises.
Contents of Course
Sunday May 17th Introduction day. Course outline presented
Tutors introduced. Folio requirements explained. Drop Spindle spinning tuition
Sunday June 14th Theory of wheels, ratios, TPI, etc. Fleece washing, Worsted Spinning.
Sunday July 12th Fleece selection
Sunday August 9th Fibre preparation. E.g. wool combs, drum carding, Woollen spinning. Sunday September 13th Mohair – am session. Alpaca – pm session.
Sunday October 11th Camel, Angora, Cashmere & other protein fibres. PM: Tencel, Soy, Bamboo, etc.
Sunday November 8th Silk
Sunday December 6th Cotton
Sunday February 14th Flax
Sunday March 14th Plying and other yarns
Sunday April 11th Natural Dyeing
Sunday May 9th Colour wheel theory and commercial dyes
Sunday June 13th Preparation and spinning of creative yarns.
Sunday July 11th Fractal spinning.
End of course dates to be announced.
Cost: $1,500 for Guild members and $1,650 for non-members.
A deposit of $600for members and $750 for non members
Payments: Initial deposit due with application. Payment can then be made in full or by instalments to the Guild office.
If choosing three (3) $300 instalment payments these will be due on 4th Friday of the month in July, October and March .Alternatively payments can be made by twelve (9) $100 instalment payments due on the 4th Friday of each month June to March
Classes to be held in the Guild Rooms: 655 Nicholson Street, Carlton North. Class times will be 9.30am – 4.00pm with a half hour lunch break.
- Understand the properties of different fibres
- Develop expertise in different spinning techniques
- Spin to a given specification for a particular purpose
- Expert tuition in hand-spinning techniques
- Fibre for first four classes provided, remainder to be provided by students (Guild can assist source speciality fibres)
- Students to provide materials for preference folios, which will be discussed during the course.
Must be able to spin a continuous fibre
Vendor since 2016
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!
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.
No refunds for missed classes.