The information below offers a brief glimpse of a few of the workshops slated for 2021. I offer a variety of lectures and workshops on the arts of spinning and dyeing. If your guild is interested in a topic not listed here, please send me a note via the Contact page.
January 9th : Vancouver Guild is hosting a program on the most useful of spinning tools, The Distaff. We will look at the various styles of distaves and how to use them. This program is open to Vancouver Guild members via a Zoom platform.
April 17th : Sanjo Silk is hosting a 3.5-hour online workshop. This workshop will explore two beautiful fibre preparations hand dyed by Diana Sanderson, owner of The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island. As well as spinning Mawata silk hankies, you will explore carding your own silk blends using hand carders or a blending board. Materials will be mailed to participants 3 weeks prior to the workshop. Final details regarding costs, equipment and registration (via Eventbrite) will be posted early January.
MAY 4 & 25, June 1 & ?TBA – Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying Techniques : Ponderosa Guild, Kelowna, B.C.
MAY – Program for Victoria Guild, Victoria, B.C. This Program is a review of the various fibre preparation tools available to the handspinner. We will examine their individual features and the difference they make to your fibre preparation.
JUNE – Fleece: Coniagas Textile Studio, Maple Ridge, BC I am really excited to be co-presenting this workshop with Sherry Stewart. A combination of on-line and in person learning, you will explore fibre from three very different breeds. The fibre we will be working with is clean/scoured top-quality fleece from Coniagas Textiles.
- Sherry will speak to the unique features of the breeds you will be working with as well as explain her method for scouring.
- As you will see, combining different fibre preps with different spinning methods results in very different yarns. Sherry and Kim will have their handspun skeins available for you to examine and share their fibre prep and spinning methods.
- Kim will take a look at both your fibre preparation and Signature Spinning Method. Then with a few tweaks to your technique she will help you to spin a more consistent yarn.
JUNE – Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying Techniques : Coniagas Textile Studio, Maple Ridge, B.C. This is an on-line course offered over 3 weeks with a half day gathering at the beginning of the workshop.
SEPTEMBER – Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying Techniques : Victoria Guild, Victoria, B.C.