Beginner Spinning 

Learn how to spin your own yarn on a spinning wheel!!  We will prepare raw fleece and commercially prepared wool in the first steps to creating the yarns you will love to use for knitting, crochet and weaving.  We will discuss properties and benefits of finely crafted yarns and use all the tools of the trade available at the Edmonton Weavers’ Guild.  All materials provided, including a spinning wheel.  A damage deposit cheque is required, for $350.00 (CAD) that will be returned to you at the balance of the class. 

This class runs for 4 sessions as follows:

Saturdays September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 2017

9:00am to 12:00pm

Instructor: Brenda Foster

Fee: Member $145 Non-Member $170

Max Students: 8

Please contact the classes/workshop coordinator if you are interested in attending an Intermediate Spinning Class. If we get enough people will can schedule a class.

Introduction to Silk

This is the Gateway class to Luxury!! In this Beginner Plus class, learn how to spin the strongest natural fibre in this one day introduction to sumptuous silk.  We will explore the history, preparation, variety and spinning techniques.  We will even spin directly from a cocoon.  We will discuss finishing and potential uses.  Students will make plenty of samples to take you down your own silk road

Students should have a good understanding of their wheels and bring a lunch, coffee and tea available. Black tie optional!



October 14, 2017
9:00 to 4:00

Instructor:  Brenda Foster

Max Class Size: 8

Fee: Member $130 Non-Member $155

Intro to Silk
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Spinning Wheel Maintenance

A Spinning wheel needs to be kept in shape to work well.  Just as a car needs oil changes and other maintenance at regular intervals, so too your wheel. Learn to maintain your wheel to make it last longer and spin better and more reliably. 

The better you know your wheel, the better you can get it to spin how you want it to. 

This empowering class will help you:

  • Recognize when your wheel needs adjustment and when it wants maintenance.
  • Learn some basic repairs that can keep it running when you’re away from home.
  • Learn how to recognize repairs and maintenance you can do yourself and what may need the help of your dealer.
  • Master your wheel’s mechanics to get the best performance out of it.

What to bring

  • One spinning wheel per person – please bring wheels in “capable of working” order – not wheels with obviously missing or broken parts. Vintage wheels are welcome. Please keep in mind space restrictions.
  • Tools (a supply list will be provided after registration), “maintenance” kit from supplier or spare replacement parts if applicable.

November 26th, 2017  9:00am to 4:00pm

Instructor: Tammi Lee

Max Class Size: 8

Fee:  Member $115 Non-Member $140

Kit Fee: $  per student

Spinning Wheel Maintenance
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The following classes have been previously offered and may be offered again if there is interest. 

Please contact the classes/workshop coordinator if you are interested in attending any of these classes. If we get enough people will can schedule a class.



Navajo Plying- Beginner Plus Level

Bring your Spinning Wheel and Lazy Kate or use EWG equipment In this beginner plus class. You will spin full bobbins of specified colour paths and will complete the spinning for the following week’s class.

Navajo plying is a chaining technique to control colour in spinning. It’s also a great way to use a full bobbin for a finished skein. We will discuss tension-ed plying, rhythm in spinning, and practical application.

Won’t you join us for these fun sessions on an age-old technique?

Instructor: Brenda Foster

Fee: Member $90 Non-Member $100