Upcoming Workshops

The information below offers a brief glimpse of a few of the workshops slated for 2020/21. Kim offers 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 Kim a note via the contact page.


Sanjo Silk Spinning Workshops led by Kim McKenna

In September 2020, Sanjo Silk is offering the first two on-line workshops of a series. The workshops have been developed by Kim McKenna to help improve your spinning skills and introduce you to the beautiful silk fibres carried by Sanjo Silk at The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island.

Workshops are limited to 6 participants. A size that allows for more intimate interactions with the instructor as well as one another as we explore some of Sanjo Silks beautiful silken treasures.

The registration fee for each workshop is $85. This includes 200 grams of fibre, worth approximately $37 retail, as well as a 4-hour workshop via Zoom. You can register for workshops here:

#1 This workshop is now full.

#2 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silk-spinning-workshop-red-eri-camelsilk-blend-skills-clinic-tickets-113227007026

In each 4-hour session Kim will first look at your signature spinning method, aka default spinning, and give you tips on how to tweak your technique. Then after showing you how to improve your handspun with subtle adjustments to both your wheel and technique you will move on to work with two very different silks.

1.Muga and Tasar Skills Clinic (workshop now full)

September 12, 2020

9:30am – 1:30pm

In this workshop you will be provided with 100 gms each of Muga and Peduncle Tasar silk. Muga is an enticing fibre with a rich lustrous gold colour and a silky hand. The Tasar fibre sourced for the class is breathtaking. It is a unique blend of silk from the silkworm’s cocoon and its peduncle (stem). The colour reminds one of aged bronze. Once spun, Peduncle Tasar shows off sparks here and there of lighter silk filaments against the darker grey-brown silk ground, giving it a soft metallic sheen. Handspun Peduncle Tasar’s most surprising characteristic is that it feels similar to wool. A rare and spectacular spinning fibre.

2.Red Eri and Camel/Silk Blend Skills Clinic

September 19, 2020

9:30am – 1:30pm

In this workshop you will be provided with 100 grams each of Red Eri silk (photo) and a Silk/Camel Blend. Often Eri fibre feels more like cotton than silk, lacks luster, may be lumpy, and has short staples. Not so with the Eri sourced by Sanjo Silks. Their Eri fibre has wonderful pearl-like lustre, is silky to the touch and extremely well prepared. The Silk Camel Blend sourced by Sanjo Silks is exquisite. This 65% silk, 35% camel sliver is perfectly blended and results in a slightly heathered effect once spun. Pure luxury.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silk-spinning-workshop-red-eri-camelsilk-blend-skills-clinic-tickets-113227007026

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.


APRIL 2021 – Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying Techniques : Coniagas Textile Studio, Maple Ridge, BC   This is an on-line course offered over 3 weeks with a half day gathering at the beginning of the workshop.

MAY 2021 – Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying Techniques : Ponderosa Guild, Kelowna, BC

JUNE 2021 – Mastering the Forward Worsted Draft Twist Technique : Coniagas Textile Studio, Maple Ridge, BC  This is an on-line course offered over 4 weeks with a half day gathering at the conclusion of the workshop.

SEPTEMBER 2021 – Mastering the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying Techniques : Victoria Guild, Victoria, BC