Learning to weave is a complex process, and most people find that lessons are the best way to learn in the beginning. Many guilds, as well as some private studios offer instruction to the beginning weaver. By joining one of the over 50 guilds in Ontario, you will also discover additional opportunities for learning, including workshops, conferences, seminars, and courses.
For those who wish to work in a more structured way, the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Certificate course in weaving has long been esteemed for the breadth and depth of the learning, as well as its 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 Weaving Certificate Course is available as an independent study program, through the Frances Forstner Home Study and occasional workshops. In addition, the certificate program is currently available through Georgian College in Barrie. Individual guilds or groups of members may also form a study group to work on the Certificate Course. One part of the course is also offered at each OHS conference.
The OHS Weaving Certificate Course is made up of 18 Units and may be taken in a Hands-on format (workshop), through the Frances Forstner Home Study program and in a college setting, when available. Regardless of the format, the credit for it counts toward the OHS Weaving Certificate Course. Although the Units may be taken in any order, it is recommended that Units 1 and 2 be done before the others.
Please contact the Weaving Education Chair, Bridget Lewis (lewisb at kos.net) or Homestudy Chair, Beverly Lickers (aw653 at sympatico.ca) for more information.
For an outline of the program, please click here.**