Learn to Weave Workshops

Workshops at Epping, Sydney.

Distance education

This is happening!!! And during 2020  and 2021 these lessons have been very successful!


 Zoom lessons  for 2021

All sessions for Term 2  begin in the  week of April 19, 2021.

The lessons are a combination of  Zoom sessions,  study notes and a private Facebook group, with email support. 



For the Monday Night group


  • 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

Lessons begin Monday April 19  2021 


1) 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 work from the previous class..


2) 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

3)  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:

1) 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

 2) 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.



3) 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 2pm for 40 mins.
  • for 8 weeks of Tuition  
  • Cost $200.
  • continuing class and 3 places available
  • yarns needed 10/2 cotton, or 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.


Wednesday  Night Group!! 


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.


  • consist of 2 zoom sessions 6.30pm and 7.30 pm for 40 minutes
  • 8 weeks of Tuition
  • Cost $200.  
  •  continuing class and 5 places available. 

Lessons begin Wednesday April 21, 2021 


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



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.

For Colour and Weave project

2 colours in one of the following: 8/2 or 5/2 cotton, 4ply cotton or 4ply wool or 2ply Bendigo classic 


If you want to join this class email weavewithliz@hotmail.com 












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 Mar 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 $95                             Tutor Liz Calnan               

Time: 1 day workshop   Number of students: 4 places available

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

Register for a workshop by emailing weavewithliz@hotmail.com to receive further instructions and threading

 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 31st 2021  zoom lessons

Honeycomb on 4 shafts


November 13-14 2021  Workshop Kyneton Victoria

Echo Weave

 November 20-21  Workshop  Kyneton Victoria

Huck lace and how to design it,  and other laces.


 No date set for these at present

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                       Cost $200. 

8 places available.

Class consists of 2 zoom sessions  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 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

which explains all the basics

  • 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.

If you want to join this class email weavewithliz@hotmail.com, and I will send an equipment list.  You need a 4 shaft loom ( not rigid heddle or frame loom) to complete these lessons.






Double Weave as overshot in traditional and not so traditional form.   

Its a sturdy structure with the visual pattern of the overshot and no floats. The fabric is suitable for bags, cushions, wall hangings and in very fine yarns and a looser sett, lovely patterned scarves. 

It’s a 4 shaft weave and very easy.  And it doesn’t have to be traditional!!! If you like curved flowing lines, this can be achieved too!


Cost 1 day $110                               Tutor Liz Calnan               

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

Skill level: Able to wind a warp and thread a straight draft, (1,2,3,4, repeat)

Register for a workshop by email, to receive an invoice. Payment confirms your place.   ( I need 5 people registered for the workshop to go ahead)

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





















     Working with a wide warp-- no date yet!!

     Get practical experience at putting a wide warp on a  floor loom...and discuss the ease and difficulty of the process.  Workshop covers designing wide fabrics on weaving software, heddle numbers, warping, what to watch for as you wind on to avoid broken ends.  Participants will warp F to B through the reed and heddles, and  B to F with a raddle. 

    Tutor Liz Calnan 

    Time: 1 day workshop

    Number of students: 8

    Skill level: Intermediate 


    Skill level: No previous weaving experience.





     Registration for Workshops














    •  Full payment for workshop is due at time of registration and confirms your place in the workshop  (Morning and afternoon tea is included.      Please bring your own lunch).
    •  Workshops run from 9:30am to 4pm. Please arrive by 9.15, so that we can start at 9.30am
    •  Material Fee may apply to some workshops and can be paid at the time of workshop 

    Workshop Cancellation Policy

    ( workshops organized by Liz Calnan)

    If I cancel the workshop due to illness or lack of participants, I will refund all fees.

    I understand that circumstances can arise causing a change in your plans, but I must adhere to a business policy. I need at least 5 students a day to make expenses. 

    •  If you need to cancel your workshop registration, I must be notified 7 days prior to the workshop. A $30.00  fee will be charged against your refund*.
    •  If you cancel 6 days or less prior to a workshop - You will be charged 50% of your workshop payment*
    • If you do not notify me and do not turn up to the workshop there will be no refund*
    • If you need to cancel, please contact me asap as there may be someone on the waiting list,  if not.....
    • If you need to cancel, always consider sending a friend in your place, but please notify the tutor/me as soon as possible to obtain the requirement list and leave enough time so that your friend can work on the requirements for the workshop.

    *The exception to this policy - is if you can give me documentation of a medical emergency or if the workshop has to be canceled due to extremely hazardous weather conditions in traveling to our location eg bushfires..