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Certificate of 8 Shaft Weaving

Certificate 8 shaft weaving - 1 year course- 2021

Next Available: Sat, 24 Jul 10:30AM (AEST)
21 Fortnights
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Please call the Guild on 9387 9222 before booking this course:

Commencing July 2021 as a combination of online and face-to-face classes over the 

course of a year, this long-established program provides an excellent grounding 

in 8 Shaft Handloom Weaving and Design.
Bookings are now open for those who have completed the 4 Shaft year or
have sufficient 4 shaft weaving experience.

Tutor: Ilka White

The course combines thorough weave theory, practical design skills and
experimental approaches. Superb tuition in 8 Shaft Weaving, covering
traditional structures and contemporary applications. Gain experience
combining yarns, altering setts and appropriately finishing fabrics.
Delivery mode:
7 face-to-face days throughout the year in the Guild Rooms, 655 Nicholson Street Carlton North . 

2021: Saturday July 24 - 10.30am-5pm then Sundays - July 25 , October 24, December 5 from 9.30am-4pm

2022:  Sundays  February 6,  April 3, June 5 from 9.30am-4pm

Fortnightly Online classes - Sundays 10 - 12.  

2021: August 8, August 22, September 5, September 19, October 10,  November 7, November 21.

2022: January 30, February 20, March 6, March 20, April 24, May 15,  May 22. Final Project and complete Folio due July 24.

Course Content:
Introduction to Multi-Shaft Weaving, 8 shaft Twill theory and variations, Brocade theory and design, Damask design and pick up, 2 block Double Cloth, 6 block Summer and Winter, Waffle, Huck Laces,
Colour & Weave, Deflected weaves and Pique.
Exploration of Yarn, Fibres, and Finishes.
Design, Costing and production of an 8 shaft article.
Assessment includes Woven Samples 50% and a Technical Folio 50%.

Course cost includes loom hire and provision of most yarns:
Members $1800 and non members $1950.

Members - deposit $600 -$200 on booking, $200 1st April, and $200 on 15th June

General Public - deposit $750.00- $250 on booking, $250 1st April, and $250 on 15th June

Balance $1200.00 payable by 3x quarterly instalments of $400 or 8 monthly instalments of $150

Please note: This course does not carry accreditation, however participants are asked to undertake genuine commitment to completion of all topics and submission of a folio including theory, woven samples and final project.

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What you will learn
  • A combination of thorough weave theory, practical design skills and experimental approaches
  • Exploration of Yarn, Fibres, and Finishes.
  • Design, Costing and production of an 8 shaft article.
What you will get
  • Expert skills-based tuition in handloom weaving
  • A complete set of notes for class and future reference
  • Hire of an 8 shaft table loom for the duration of the course
  • Yarn for most samples

What to bring
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Darning needle
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
What to wear

Casual and comfortable clothing

Appropriate for

Weavers who have completed the Guild’s Certificate of 4 Shaft Weaving course or possess equivalent experience. (If you are unsure whether you've sufficient experience, please contact The Guild on 9387 9222 or

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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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.

No refunds for missed classes.

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