Upcoming Workshops

The information below offers a brief glimspe of a few of the workshops slated for 2020. Kim offers a variety of spinning and dyeing workshops. If your guild is interested in a topic not listed here, please send Kim a note via the contact page.


APRIL 2020

Silk Lecture

Whonnock Guild Evening Lecture

Date:         April 28, 2020

This lecture and slide presentation explore silk fibre and yarns. As well as learning about the remarkable creatures that provide us with this amazing fibre I will explain the process used to create reeled silk, spun silk, silk noil, mawata silk, etc.


MAY 2020

Mastering the Forward Worsted Draft

Coniagas Textile Studio, Maple Ridge, BC

Date:         May 23 & 24, 2020

 The fee for this 2-day workshop is $125, materials not included.

Materials fee: $40

To register for this workshop, please contact Sherry Stewart, Coniagas Textiles at coniagas@me.com

Spinning Workshop suitable for all levels. Students must have a good working knowledge of their wheel and be able to confidently spin a continuous yarn.

Most spinners learn to spin using the Forward Worsted Draft or “inch worm” method and, sadly, are all too anxious to move on to what they consider to be quicker spinning draft methods.

If you have been led to believe that this draft twist method is to be used exclusively for heavy, dense, hardwearing warp or sock yarns, think again.

Not only is the forward worsted draft (to quote one of my students) “cornerstone” to good spinning technique it is the spinning method that shows off the most luster and drape and pills the least.

Mastery of this technique allows you to spin your choice of that hardwearing, strong yarn or a beautiful lightweight yarn with the most incredible drape.

Exploring four sheep breeds, Kim walks you through the mechanics of this spinning technique and all its nuances. You can also expect to learn:

  • How the choice of breed affects the finished cloth.
  • About different fibre preparation techniques and their role in the resultant yarn.
  • “The Gentle Art of Woolcombing”: A review of the anatomy of the different styles of woolcombs and how to prepare fibre using the traditional woolcombing method.
  • How your spinning technique influences the characteristics of your yarn.
  • The importance of your choice of finishing method.
  • How to make plying more enjoyable and what to watch for while plying to render a more consistent yarn.
  • How to add elasticity to yarns constructed using a forward worsted draft twist.
  • How to sample for a project.
  • Why keeping spinning records, which you can reference throughout your spin, helps you to spin a more consistent yarn.
  • How to improve your Signature Spinning Method, aka your default yarn.

$40 Materials Fee includes a set of comprehensive notes, approximately 150 grams of fibre from four different sheep breeds.


JUNE 2020

TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE…spinning non-mulberry silks

This workshop is hosted by SANJOSILKS LTD.

Place:   The Silk Weaving Studio, Vancouver, BC 

Date:    2 Friday Evenings, June 5 & 12                           

Time:    6:30 – 9:30 pm    

 You can register through Eventbrite here. $115 registration fee is for both the workshop and materials, Materials include 100 grams of silk and 20 grams of wool, a few spinning supplies, and notes.

 This workshop suitable for all levels. Students must have a good working knowledge of their wheel and be able to confidently spin a continuous yarn. Maximum number of students: 8

Whenever I work with silk, I am awed by Mother Nature, the ingenuity of the creative mind and the properties of this exquisite fibre. I am utterly astonished by:

  • This the strong, lustrous strand and how it is synthesized.
  • How each species of silkworm constructs very different cocoons to serve as a safe harbor during the most vulnerable stage of their short lives.
  • The fact that archeologists now have proof that people have been reeling silk in India and China for approximately 4,200 years.
  • How beautifully silk takes up dye and reflects color.
  • The incredible drape silk lends to knitted and woven fabrics.

In this workshop we first take a look at your signature spinning technique, aka default spinning. I will show you how to improve your handspun with subtle adjustments to both your wheel and technique. Then, while I share my spinning techniques for working with silk, we will move on to work with some of the most exquisite silk fibers. Some of the fibers you can look forward to spinning include: 

  • A golden-colored silk from the Muga silkworm
  • A grey-brown peduncle silk from the Indian Tasar silkworm
  • A creamy white soft cashmere-like fibre from the White Eri silkworm

  • A beautiful brick red from the Red Eri silkworm and
  • A lustrous tawny-colored silk from the Chinese Tussah silkworm

Materials include: notes, approx. 100 grams of silk, plying rings, two weaving bobbins, record keeping templates, and approx. 20 grams of wool.

Equipment:

  • Spinning Wheel Maintained and ready to go. You can find maintenance instructions claddaghfibrearts.comunder the Spinning Tab. Note: Neatsfoot Oil should only be used on leather that needs to remain flexible. If the leather supports the flyer for example, do not use Neatsfoot Oil. Instead use a leather-conditioning product meant for harder leathers.
  • Session 1: orifice hook if you use one, 1-2 spinning bobbins cleared of old projects, smooth lap cloth, large smooth bowl, permanent marker, highlighter, pen or pencil, note paper, index cards, ruler, scissors, and baggies for samples.
  • Session 2: Lazy Kate, skein winding device such as a niddy noddy or even a binder, thick thirsty towel, and a spool of natural colored or white sewing thread.
  • To avoid the silk catching on dry hands, it is a good idea to start applying hand cream at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Mulberry and Non-mulberry Silk Spinning Techniques

Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild, Surrey, B.C

Date:         Lecture September 9th and Workshop September 11 & 12

Place:        TBA

Time:         TBA

Spinning Workshop suitable for all levels. Students must have a good working knowledge of their wheel and be able to confidently spin a continuous yarn.

Maximum number of students: 8


Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and

Plying Techniques      

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27, 2020 – Coniagas Textile Studio, Maple Ridge, BC

MAY 2021 – Ponderosa Guild, Kelowna, BC

SEPTEMBER 2021 – Victoria Guild, Victoria, BC

This is the second workshop in the “Spinning: Exploration and Discovery Series”. This series was developed in response to a request for higher level spinning workshops in their area, helping spinners become more knowledgeable, confident and proficient in the art of spinning.

Exact dates and contact information TBA.

Northman Mittens knit from handspun 2-ply Shetland

XOXO Shawl knit from handspun 4 ply BFL