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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?

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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.  

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      Inkle Weaving Class

      Dates: Thurs., Feb. 23, and Mar. 2 – 6:30 to 9:00 pm
      Location: East Lion’s Community Centre – 531 Churchill Ave
      Instructor: Kathy Morgan
      Participant Fee: members – $60, non-members – $80
      Material Fee: $5 payable to instructor at first class
      Equipment: A limited number of Inkle looms will be available for rent for $10, if you have an Inkle loom or can borrow one that would be helpful

      This is a two-evening workshop.

      Description: If you have ever wondered how to weave on an Inkle loom, now is your chance.
      This two-evening, hands-on workshop will provide an introduction to Inkle weaving.
      From setting up the loom, creating different patterns and weaving a project, these
      are just a few of the items to be covered.  Come join in the fun!

        • 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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        Wellington Fibre Road Trip – Wait List available!!!


        When: Saturday, March 25th (Snow day April 1st) 10:00 to 2:00ish

        The maximum number of participants has been reached, but we would like to create a wait list in case someone needs to cancel. Please do not pay at this time if you are registering for the wait list

        Donna Hancock will lead us through colour theory and a hands on over-dyeing workshop in her mill.
        Bring your lunch and 2 – 25 gram skeins of coloured protein fibre yarn. (No black or dark colours)

        Donna will also supply some coloured alpaca, mohair, wool, dyed yarns and the dyes.

        Participants will go home with small samples of original and dyed yarns.
        We will have the opportunity to meet Donna’s angora goats (mohair), maybe some kids and shop!

        Members: $35. Non-members: $45

        Wait List registration available in case of cancellations

        COVID protocols

          • 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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          St. Distaff Day/ROC Day

          Date: Saturday, January 7th 2023
          Time: 10:00 – 2:00
          All wheel and spindle spinners are welcome to a day of fun and games.   
          Bring your lunch, your wheel/spindles and fibre that excites you. 

          In the 17th Century, lyric poet and cleric Robert Herrick wrote of the tradition in his poem, “St Distaff’s Day or the Morrow After Twelfth Night”:

          Partly work and partly play 
          You must on St. Distaff’s Day: 
          From the plough soon free your team; 
          Then come home and fother them; 
          If the maids a-spinning go, 
          Burn the flax and fire the tow. 
          Bring in pails of water then, 
          Let the maids bewash the men. 
          Give St. Distaff all the right; 
          Then bid Christmas sport good night, 
          And next morrow every one 
          To his own vocation.

          This was an excuse to play on the twelfth night as the next day , work begins again. The boys would try to burn the flax and tow while the maids tossed buckets of water on them. Delightful for January. Brrrr….

          LDWS St Distaff Day will be much fun with games, prizes and lots of laughs. There will be time to socialize and try a few new things. It is a fund raiser for the guild.

          Fee: Members: $10 Non-members: $25



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            Learn to Weave: Beginning Weaving Class (Jan 2023)

            Registration is open – 2 spots open as of December 2nd

            • 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: Jan 14, 21, 28 Feb 4 & 11
            Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
            Location: East Lions Community Centre – 1731 Churchill Ave, London, ON
            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