Spinning Education


Throughout the province, there are over 50 guilds.  Most of them have spinners who are usually happy to teach the basics of spinning to anyone who is interested.  By becoming a member of a guild, you will find even more opportunities to learn, through workshops, spin-ins, and small group meetings. 

For those who wish to work in a more structured way, the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Certificate courses have long been esteemed for the breadth and depth of the units, as well as their high standards.  Over the years, these programs have produced the backbone of teachers and experts in the fields of handweaving and spinning in the province of Ontario. 

The OHS Spinning Certificate program consists of six consecutive semesters (Levels I – VI). It is usually offered, one semester each year, during the summer months.  Completion of each level of study involves 8 days of instruction at an educational institution, followed by independent homework assignments that are completed, mailed to instructors, and evaluated throughout the year. The Spinning Certificate Program is offered when there is sufficient interest from potential students and where facilities, co-ordinators, and instructors are available. At present, two classes of students are part-way through the Certificate course at 

Haliburton School of Art and Design : Fleming College  (graduating in 2017 and 2020). A new class will likely start Level I in Haliburton in 2017, graduating in 2023.

For courses currently scheduled in these programs, please check the Events page on this website.

Please  click here for an outline of the spinning program.

For more information, contact the Spinning Education Chair at

The Small Print - Transfers and credits

The OHS will consider acceptance into an ongoing OHS Spinning Certificate Program under the following conditions:
- Transfers: OHS credits are transferable within the OHS program.    Each transfer will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Spinning Education Committee.  Please contact the Spinning Education Chair to check for space availability; prior marks will be transferred to the new course. 
- Students who did not complete an entire semester may be required to repeat that semester.
- Prior Credits: Students with prior spinning experience may be considered for entry into Level II at the discretion of the Spinning Education Committee on an individual basis.
- Sequence of  Study:  Semesters must be taken in order, as each unit covers material dependant on the previous level.
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