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Beginning Weaving Course

  • Learn how to warp a loom
  • Discover basic weaving techniques & weave structures
  • Select appropriate yarns
  • Plan a project
  • Keep records of your projects
  • Follow instruction for projects
  • Learn weaving terminology and equipment

Maximum of 5 students – Place is held once registration and fee is received.

Dates: April 16, 23 and 30, May 7, 28
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: East Lions Community Centre – 1731 Churchill Ave, London, ON
Instructor: Kathy Morgan
Cost: $350 members, $380 non-members

    Preregistration is required.

    ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.  

    Covid-19 protocols for in person courses:

    • COVID Protocol for classes
    • Proof of full vaccination
    • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
    • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

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    February General Meeting

    Kathrin Weber, from Blazing Shuttles is our February speaker.  

    This will be an in-person meeting at the Community Centre and also on zoom

    She will be presenting “Effective Use of Materials and Color”, with the following description:

    “Do you have yarn in various colors, textures, weights, yarn types that you are not sure what to do with? Perhaps you have a lovely yarn that may not be strong enough for that warp you want to wind. Or your yarn is too fine or too big or the colors are too bright and they don’t go together. Or, to be honest, the yarn you have been hoarding is just too dang expensive to use! How do you make a little go a long way?
    This lecture with images will help you think of creative ways to plan and execute woven projects of mixed yarn types and colors that you might have thought would never go together technically or visually. Spend a little time with me thinking, “What if…?” And then dig through your yarn closet for hidden treasures waiting to be woven.”

    What a great way to get your creative juices flowing, and burst out of the winter blues!

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    January 2023 – Bonus Shared Presentation

    January 4th, 2023 we had a shared presentation with the KW guild. The presenter was Kathrin Weber from Blazing Shuttles. Kathrin presented Dyeing to Please You: Dyed Warp Techniques.

    The presentation will be available until February 4th, 2023. Handouts are also available. The access to the presentation as well as the handouts is on the members only portion of the LDWS website CLICK HERE Ensure you are signed in first for the link to work.

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    Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

    Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

    If you have wanted to learn to weave but are not ready to tackle a 4 harness loom, or
    if you wish you could weave for yourself, your friends and family, or to sell at FAFS, or
    if you have limited space for a loom, or
    if you are a spinner with beautiful yarn you want to turn into useful treasures, or
    if you’re just curious, come and join us. 

    In 2 – 3 hour classes you will set up the loom and weave a scarf, then set up the loom again to refine your skills and learn some useful tricks and techniques. 

    Instructions will be given to participants before the course about yarn requirements.

    Location: 1731 Churchill Ave, East Lion’s Community Centre

    Instructor: Linda Elkins

    Cost: The course fee will be $85 for LDWS Members and $110 for non-members – payable on registration.

    The class will have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 6.
    A limited number of looms are available to rent for $10. Loom rentals are for a month from the date of the first class.If you have your own please indicate in the form below

    Dates: February 18, March 4

    Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      • COVID Protocol for classes
      • Proof of full vaccination
      • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
      • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

      ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.  

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      Felt a Scribble Scarf


      Registration: OPEN

      Date: Saturday April 29 10:00 – 3:00
      Location: East Lion’s Community Centre – 1731 Churchill Ave
      Instructor: Leslie Samson
      Participant fee: Members $125, Non-members $165 (includes materials)

      SCRIBBLE LACE SCARF
      with Leslie Samson
      In this class we will make beautiful lacy felted scarves. The halo of the angora will fill in lacy spaces to create a cozy and sensational accent for winter dressing or a light cover in warmer weather.
      There are tricks for the best results. Using a premium product – 50/50 angora / merino pencil roving and silk fabric, participants will learn the easy way to lay out and felt a laminated accessory with an expensive look.

      Free-styling applications of nuno, 3-Dimensional techniques, finishing and embellishment techniques will be covered.

      Students will bring: A tea towel and a bath towel (bath sheet would be too large).

        • COVID Protocol for classes
        • Proof of full vaccination
        • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
        • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

        ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.  

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        Shibori and Indigo Dyeing Workshop

        REGISTRATION LIMITED to LDWS MEMBERS until MARCH 1

        Dates: Sat., May 6 and 13 10:00 – 3:00
        Location: East Lions Community Centre
        Instructor: Diny Warren
        Registration Fee: Currently Members only- $115
        Material Fee: To be paid to instructor at first class – cost to be determined

        This is a 2 day workshop.
        Day 1 – Shibori
        Day 2 – Indigo dyeing

          • COVID Protocol for classes
          • Proof of full vaccination
          • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
          • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

          ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.  

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          Class is Full – Wait list available – Beginner’s Spinning Class – Winter 2023

          This Spinning Wheel course is for the person who would like to learn how to spin on a Spinning wheel, while having fun making your own yarn from wool fibres. 

          We will cover:

          • The working of the spinning wheel
          • How to prepare fibres for spinning
          • Spinning the yarn
          • Finishing yarn

          Location: This course will be in person, and take place at the East Lion’s Community Centre in the North Art Room

          Instructor: Diny Warren

          Cost: The course fee will be $175 for LDWS Members and $210 for non-members – payable on registration . A material fee of $30 will be required to be paid on the first day of class.

          The class will have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 5. Spinning wheels are available for use during the class. If you have your own please indicate in the form below

          Dates: February 18, March 4, April 1

          Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

            Will you be bringing your own spinning wheel?

            • COVID Protocol for classes
            • Proof of full vaccination
            • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
            • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

            ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.  

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            December 2022 Meeting

            Youtube recording of meeting – click here

            Here is the information about the craft for the December meeting

            Please remember to bring your own mug – BYOM???
            Every December, we have offer a traditional craft – a napkin ring, this year.  


            The guild supplies materials for those participating in person, but members are welcome to bring their own supplies as well.

            If you are attending via Zoom, remember that the password is still 2022ldws …until Wednesday, the next day!
            You’ll want to gather up these craft supplies:

             
            For each ring:

            -One toilet paper core (or two strips of cardstock/heavy paper that are at least 1.5” x 8” in size)
            -Tape
            -Fabric for the inside of the ring, bias cut is best, but use what you have.   One strip that measures 4” x 9”
            -Sewing needle
            -Sewing thread (any colour)
            -Paper, lined and plain
            -Pencil
            -Scissors
            -Wool/acrylic yarn, any colour, 10-20 yards, worsted weight or lighter. (note, this yarn will not show in the finished ring, but if it coordinates with the colours of floss you choose, it will hide minor imperfections in stitching.  Also, the thinner the yarn, the more you need!
            -Needle with an eye large enough to hold embroidery floss, and a sharp point. Chenille needles are ideal.
            -Embroidery floss, 6 strand. One skein is enough for a ring, but you may want to use multiple colours.

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            Blending Fibres Workshop

            Spinning with Beth Showalter

            Creative Blends: Let the Fibre Fly!

            Date: Sat., Apr. 15, 2023
            Location: East Lion’s Community Centre – 531 Churchill Ave
            Registration Fee: – $50 Member, $70 non-member
            Material Kit + Workshop Notes: $50.00/person payable to instructor
            Instructor: Beth Showalter
            Explore Different Blends and their characteristics using hand cards, combs, hackles and blending boards.

            Full details are here

              • COVID Protocol for classes
              • Proof of full vaccination
              • Mandatory masks for the duration of each class
              • Compliance with any other Covid-19 protocols set by the East Lions Community Centre

              ***Cancellation Policy: Participants who cancel their registration up to 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  A participant who finds a replacement for his/her spot within 1 month prior to the start of the workshop will receive a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 month of workshops (with no replacement found) and “no-shows” will not be refunded.  If the Guild cancels a workshop for any reason, all registration fees will be refunded.