Learn to Weave- Current classes

You can see the full weaving course here

Workshops at Epping, Sydney.

Learn to weave... the very basics

These are beginning weaving classes, for people with no previous experience of weaving. Classes allow you to learn new techniques and then improve your technique in the following weeks.


These  lessons will cover:

Project 1. Weaving a plain weave scarf

Explanation of

  • how to calculate the right number of threads
  • how to wind a warp
  • how to put the warp on the loom
  • good weaving techniques
  • several finishing techniques
  • use of 4 ply wool eg 4ply luxury from Bendigo Woollen Mills-good colour range!!

Project 2 A Twill sampler

These lessons

  • explains all the basics on how to get the beat right,
  • how to find the last pick when you loose your place in your sequence,
  • how to see a mistake
  • how to unweave quickly
  • how to read a draft,
  • how to interpret useful books and most important,
  • how to design interesting patterns for the next projects

Project 3 Use the information gained to weave a project of your own in plain weave or twill.

You need a 4 shaft loom ( not rigid heddle or frame loom) to complete these lessons  Email weavewithliz@hotmail.com to obtain  an equipment list, so that you know how to prepare, and which yarns to purchase.






 COLOUR IN YOUR WEAVING--Monk's Belt, Rosepath, and Colour and Weave Techniques- on 4 shafts

Skill level: Designed for those who have just begun to weave! Or have just completed the Learn to Weave class.

  • consist of 2 zoom sessions 6.30pm and 7.30pm for 40 mins.
  • for 8 weeks of Tuition  
  • Cost $200.
  • yarns needed 10/2 cotton, 8/2 cotton, 20/2 silk, fine wools.


Monk's Belt and Rosepath patterns are mostly used as decorative borders on cushions, placemats, handtowels, scarves .

Learn how to

  • wind a warp long enough for both projects
  • design threadings of your own for Monk's Belt
  • develop your first profile drafts
  • accent the structures with colour,
  • manage two shuttles well, using a pattern weft and a plain weave weft.
  • rethread a warp after completing the rosepath sample.
  • design Rosepath patterns


For Colour and weave

  • Learn how to wind a multi-coloured warp in a set pattern.
  • weave a scarf with fascinating variations of colour and weave.
  • learn how to use weaving software to check your colour choices and see if your draft is working well
  • read drafts in different books

At the end of the module weave a project of your own choosing. .

Yarns needed: for Monks Belt and Rosepath

  • Main warp and weft : Lyscott from Big W or Spotlight ( only available as white or cream) or 8/2 cotton or 2ply Bendigo classic in colour of your choice .
  • Accent yarns: 2-3 metres of 5ply in several colours or 2 strands of Bendigo 2 ply classic or many strands of fine yarn to be equivalent to 5ply.

 Yarns needed: For Colour and Weave project:

  • 2 colours in one of the following: 4ply cotton or 4ply wool or 2ply Bendigo classic

If you want to join this class email weavewithliz@hotmail.com to ask any additional questions you may have

 If you want to join this class  go to Payment for Classes and pay online to secure your place. 


Working with Weaving Software 

Have fun designing! Learn how to use Fiberworks!

this workshop begins with the basics and gradually builds on your skills.

Bring your laptop, power cord and  plug in mouse. This is a “come, think and play” workshop! We start at the beginning, putting in a 4 shaft threading and you will be amazed by what you can design in 2 days of playing with drafts and the program.  . It’s a wonderful tool for exploring the potential of weaving.

For all weavers using 4 shafts or more...Plan your next weaving using weaving software to test colours, find the longest float, print out a threading and a lifting in a size that is easy to see, check the balance and structure of your design. Record all the details in the notes sections. Start as a beginner, and become skilled! Change your colour combinations to see what works well, and match the colours of your stash!

Tutor: Liz Calnan 
Time: 2 days    

Number of students: 8

Skill level: For all experienced  4 shaft weavers, 8 shafts and more , 

Beginner level for  weaving software, need laptop with a Demo version of Fiberworks loaded, but preferably a full  validated copy of the Silver  version of Fiberworks.   Bring a plug-in/wireless mouse- much less tiring on the fingers!! and much easier to use when designing

Email weavewithliz@hotmail.com so that I know that you are interested and answer any questions you may have.




  Working with a Parallel threading-

Designing with 1 or 2 Echoes- 

  This workshop explores methods of designing by echoing your threading- with one or 2 echoes, and encourages experimentation with colour and iridescence.

All of the weaves above are on the same threading!
Skill level: Experienced 8 shaft weavers
This is an advanced 2 day face to face class, where you work on a threading that you have chosen from 4 options and you also bring your laptop with Fiberworks software so that you can explore all the lifting options.  It's challenging but satisfying as you learn how to design echo threadings and lifting for yourself.

 If you have further questions email weavewithliz@hotmail.com 

If you want to join this class  go to Payment for Classes and pay online to secure your place








  • consist of 2 zoom sessions 6.30pm and 7.30 pm for 40 minutes 
  • for 8 weeks of Tuition  
  • Cost $200.
  •  continuing class plus 5 places available
  • yarns needed 8/2 cotton, or 5/2 cotton,  or 4 ply cotton.


Double weave on 4 shafts

 Try your hand at 4 shaft double weave, making tubes, double width cloth and interleaving layers. Have the fun and challenge of weaving a miniature bog shirt.

see Jenny's  very advanced work  below from the previous class..


Swedish lace

Swedish lace creates an open textured fabric with weft floats, warp floats or both floats on the face of the cloth. Useful for table linen, scarves, wraps and baby blankets.

Project in Swedish lace woven by Judy Nolan

 Finger manipulated weaves. 

 Learn how to distort and manipulate the warp to create open areas and texture on the surface. Weave leno, dukagång, inlay, Spanish lace, Danish medallion, Brook's bouquet, boutonné and soumak.

Spanish lace from Weavezine article.

For the Tuesday morning group


  • consist of 2 zoom sessions Tuesdays 8.30 am and 9.30 a.m for 40 mins.
  • for 8 weeks of Tuition  
  • Cost $200.
  • continuing class plus 5 places available
  • yarns needed 8/2 cotton, or 5/2 cotton,  or 4 ply cotton.

Lessons for term 2 begin on  Tuesday April 20, 2021


In this 8 weeks we will cover:

Loom Controlled Lace,

with special emphasis on Huck Lace but  discussions on Spot and Bronson lace.

Discussions on

  • Theory of Multiple Huck Lace.
  • Designing a threading
  • How to design a pattern. 
  • Working with an open sett
  • Theory on other lace  weave structures

Scarves by Denise Stevens

Double Weave on 8 shafts

 Classes cover

  • Discussion of double weave
  • How to use colour in double weave
  • Warping for sampler in class
  • Discussion of weaving exercises
  • Working with  double weave blocks
  • Multiple Selvedge Double Weave.



Explore 6 blocks of Summer and Winter

and the wonderful pattern opportunities..

  • Revision of block theory
  • 2 block profile drafts
  • 3 block profile drafts, weaving more than one block at a time
  • And 4 blocks of Summer & Winter on 4 shafts




For the Tuesday afternoon group


  • consist of 2 zoom sessions Tuesdays 1pm and 92pm for 40 mins.
  • for 8 weeks of Tuition  
  • Cost $200.
  •  continuing class plus 3 places available
  • yarns needed 10/2 cotton, 8/2 cotton, 20/2 silk, fine wools.

Lessons for term 2 begin on  Tuesday April 20, 2021

Working with a Parallel Threading

  • Revision of Summer and Winter Polychrome, then
  • Taquete- Jin
  • Echo
  • Four Colour Double Weave
  • Shadow weave on a Parallel threading
  • Corkscrew Weave.


For the Wednesday Night Group!!


Workshop Wednesdays

This is a new zoom experience, to enable weavers from afar,  to participate in workshops.

The plan is

  • To send a suitable threading 2-3 weeks before the workshop, with enough information on yarns and suitable sett to let you prepare the warp
  • 2 days before the workshop, I send all the notes
  • On the Wednesday, I do a longer theory session first and then we begin to weave.
  • We then zoom as needed, ie on the hour, for half an hour, and then you weave in between.  
  • If you have problems you communicate with photos and emails. 
  •  You weave each section guided by images in your notes and discussion. 

I think it will work.  The other zoom classes have been very rewarding and I am hoping that this workshop Wednesday concept will work well too!



 This 4 shaft weave can be woven in many ways and can be used for linen, place mats, cushions, scarves and garment fabric with different yarns and setts.  Although it is mostly 2 blocks on 4 shafts, it can be 3 blocks on 4 shafts, and can be extended to 8 shafts. Try a variety of liftings on your threading. Look at a traditional weave in a new way.. 

Cost 1 day $                             Tutor Liz Calnan               

Time: 1 day workshop   Number of students: 8 places available

Skill level: Able to wind a warp and thread a loom

Register for a workshop by email . Payment confirms your place.   

 Threading and list of suitable yarns  supplied by email after workshop payment.

This is a workshop in conjunction  with the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW


Honeycomb on 4 shafts