Keep your eye on this page and the Guild News for further details and for more workshops as they are scheduled.
Some workshops fill quickly - so if you are interested, don't leave signing up until later!

Basic Information about Workshops:
  • Early enrolment is for all workshops is encouraged to ensure a place.
  • For enrolments or questions: Please contact Andy on Guild Meeting days monthly on the 1st Sat (no meeting in January) from 10:30am to 12 noon, by email at, or by phone: 0430 216 298 (but please avoid phoning in the late evening or early morning!).

Workshop fees (unless otherwise stated) are:

  • Guild members: $30 (half day), $50 (full day)
  • Affiliated group member: $35 (half day), $55 (full day)
  • Others: $40 (half day), $60 (full day)

The materials fee (where given) is payable separately to the tutor on the day of the workshop.

Please note that if you wish to cancel after paying, you may receive a refund (minus $10 admin fee) if you give sufficient notice and someone can be found to take your place. If the Guild cancels the workshop, you will receive a full refund  by direct transfer.

Unless otherwise stated, workshops are held at the HSWGSA premises at 196 South Road, Mile End (in the old church buildings 2 blocks south of Henley Beach Road).
Half-day workshops include two-and-a-half hours' tuition plus a break; full-day workshops include five hours' tuition plus breaks.  

To pay online for a workshop:
1. Email, stating which workshop or workshops you are interested in. 
2. A link will be emailed to you.
3. Click on the link to go to the payment page to pay for the workshop by credit card.
Note that all electronic payments will incur a processing charge of 1.75% + 30 cents. This is roughly 85 cents on a $30 payment, $1.20 on a $50 payment and so forth.

You may still pay in person at the Guild, but please phone or email Andy first to ensure there are still places.

Free parking is available in the Guild's parking lot at the rear of the Guild premises. The parking lot is accessed via Lurline Street. 
Public Transport Options: There are regular bus services from the Adelaide city centre; the nearest railway station is at Mile End (a 15 mins. walk away). 
2019 Workshops:

Loom Knitting

Date: Sat 30 March
Participants will learn how to use knitting “looms” with a view to making their own accessories and garments.
Fee: $50 members /$55 aff groups /$60 non members
Bring your own set of knitting looms (available from Spotlight/Ebay for around $20—please ask if unsure which ones to buy); also your own yarn, including some synthetic with a bit of stretch. Photo below shows a piece made using this technique.
Tutor: Jacqui von der Borch BA, MEd

Spinning Alternative Fibres

Date: Sat 13 April
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Participants will examine some of the newer fibres such as mint, rose, seaweed etc, practise spinning and blending them for a variety of uses.
Fee: $30 members /$35 aff. group member /$40 non member
Requirements: basic spinning skills, your own wheel in working order, hand carders.
Materials fee: $15 (tbc)
Tutor: Andy Barrett BA (Hons), Grad Dip Ed

Microwave Dyeing

Date: Sat 11 May
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Participants will learn to dye wool, alpaca, mohair, silk fabric and fibre, nylon fibre and lace in the microwave; how to dye smaller quantities quickly and easily for sampling and small projects.
Fee: $30 member /$35 aff group member /$40 non member
Requirements: Rubber gloves and an apron or old clothes.
Materials fee: $15 tbc
Tutor: Mignon Martin Dip Ed, Cert III  Vis Arts Textiles

The Bilums of Papua New Guinea

Date: Sat 18 May
Time: 11am-1.30pm
Participants will learn about the history and use of the Bilum string bag, examine samples, then construct a sampler using the figure 8 looping technique, half hitch and variations.
Fee: $30 member /$35 aff group member /$40 non member
a list will be emailed to participants in advance.
Tutor: Jill Bolton. Jill has co-authored several academic papers on Bilums, and is an experienced craftsperson. Jill has been a Guild member for 45 years.

The Art of Chain Making

Date: Sat 8 June
Time: 10am - 2:15pm (inc. 15 min break)
Learn how to make handmade chains and create a unique Jewellery piece to wear on its own or to hang your favourite trinket or charms. This workshop is a great point to gain an insight into basic chain making techniques using simple jewellery making tools like pliers with copper wire. We will also explore ideas around how to add some oomph to your design to create the perfect accessory for any occasion! Participants are encouraged to bring along any found materials (yarn, fibre, etc.) relevant to their practice to incorporate into their designs. All tools and other materials will be provided. No soldering required. (Max 8 participants)
Fee: $65 member /$70 aff group member /$75 non member (includes materials and tool hire)
Tutor: Sahr Bashir,

Felting Masterclass with Leiko Uchiyama

Date: 22 & 23 June (Sat/Sun)
9am-3pm tbc
Participants will make a seamless rucsac with internal and external pocket.
Fee: $250 member/ $280 aff group member / $320 non member
Tutor: Leiko Uchiyama
Materials fee: tba
If any member is able to provide three nights’ accommodation for Leiko, please let me know. She’s extremely undemanding and loves animals.

Backstrap Weaving Masterclass with Laverne Waddington
Backstrap Weaving (Advanced)
Date: 07 & 08 August (Weds/Thurs)
Time: 9am-3pm (5 hours each day)
This workshop is for those who took the Beginners workshop last year or who have some basic experience in pick-up technique and want to take the next step. (Photo below shows Laverne at last years workshop)
Fee: $250 member /$275 aff group member /$320 non member
Materials fee: $15 tbc

Backstrap Weaving (Beginners)
10 & 11 Aug (Sat/Sun)
Time: 9am-3pm (5 hours each day)
Learn the art of warping a backstrap loom and weaving bands with amazing designs. Participants will sit on chairs and work at tables rather than the traditional method of sitting on the floor.
Fee: $250 member /$280 aff group member/ $320 non member
Materials fee: $15 tbc

Shibori Weaving mini-course
Date: Sat/Sun 12/13 Oct + Sat/Sun 19/20 Oct.
Time: 9:30am - 3pm (tbc)
This is an excellent opportunity for both beginners and more experienced weavers to learn a vareity of weaving technioques with countless applications as well as well as learning the art of shibori dyeing. Participants will practise various 4-shaft weaving techniques (overshot, monk's belt, twill etc) as well as weaving their own longer piece in their preferred technique. The woven items will be dyed using the shibori method on the final day.
Requirements: Ability to dress a loom; basic weaving experience. (If you don't know how to weave but want to learn and attend this workshop, see former Guild President Bev Bills' ad for teaching weaving on the for sale page of this website.)
Fee: $200 members /$225 aff group member /$250 non member (for all four days).
Max Number: 10
Materials: TBC. We will be using Guild looms for this workshop.
Tutor: Kate Earl. Kate is a highly accomplished weaver with over 40 years' experience and was a professional trainer in her field of work. 

Introduction to Eco-printing
Date: spring, exact date tba
Participants will learn how to dye silk scarves using two methods including leaf/flower printing.
Fee: $50 member /$55 aff group member /$60 non member
Materials fee: $28 tbc
Tutor: Kveta Deans BSc, MA Vis Arts