Learn to Weave- Weave with Liz

Workshops at Epping, Sydney.

Zoom lessons for 2021

All sessions begin in the last week of January 2021. The lessons are a combination of Zoom sessions, study notes and a private Facebook group, with email support.


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.

The 8 Lessons begin Wed night January 27 2021. Cost $200. 8 places available.

Class consists of 2 zoom sessions on Wednesday nights, at 6.30pm and 7.30 pm for 40 minutes. There is a small break between the sessions. Students must attend both zoom sessions as this is 1 lesson.

You need a computer or tablet or smart phone with internet access.


This series of 8 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

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.

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


For the Monday Night Group!!

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

Designed for those who have just begun to weave! Or have just completed the Learn to Weave class. Classes consist of 2 zoom sessions 6.30pm and 7.30 pm for 40 minutes 8 weeks of Tuition $200. Lessons begin Monday Jan 25 2021 10 places available.

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


For the Tuesday morning group

Zoom lessons Tuesdays 8.30 am and 9.30 a.m for 40 mins.

8 lessons cost $200

Beginning for the first two lessons  on Thursday 28th Jan and Thurs 4th February (the first Tuesday is Australia Day)

In this 8 weeks we will cover:

Colour and Weave on 8 shafts.

  • This weave is often used to mix colours and create interesting cloth for clothing, rugs and upholstery.
  • Learn to to design variations for yourself
  • design a template on weaving software and use it to explore different lifts and colour effects.
  • work with 2 and 2 colouring, for approx 10 patterns and approx 60 cm and then re thread to a 4 and 4 colour arrangement for approx 40 cm..

Yarns: from the photo of Carmel's work you can see you need 4 pairs of colours with reasonable contrast and a contrast colour eg black, grey or white for your dividing colour.

Yarns can be 8/2 cotton or 2ply Bendigo classic wool











Light and dark green


Lemon and grey


Pink and maroon


Sky and navy


  •  black Light and dark green
  • black Lemon and grey
  • black Pink and maroon
  • black Sky and navy black

but colour choice is yours!!

Shadow Weave

This satisfies every weavers taste... it can be undulating, totally symmetrical and a mix of shapes. Needs a minimum of 2 colours of yarn 8/2 or 2 ply Bendigo.


For the Tuesday afternoon group

Zoom lessons Tuesday 1pm and 2 pm for 40 mins

Beginning for the first two lessons  on Thursday 28th (the first Tuesday is Australia Day)  and Feb 4th

Many Collapse Weaves including Deflected Double Weave



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!


Wednesday Feb 3 2021


 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


 Wednesday March 3 2021

Honeycomb on 4 shafts