Tuesday, August 26, 2008

ASK CRAFTY: where to find classes on weaving, ceramics, upholstery & rug braiding, and dyes for animal fibres

Workshop leaders & schools take note: lots of people looking for classes in this latest round of ask crafty. Please reply in the comments section of this post!

Chinchero chiquita working it (Center for Traditional Textiles - Chinchero Branch)

x Would you happen to know where I can take weaving classes? – patti
x i want to take a ceramics class (not thrown pottery) in Toronto.
any suggestions on how to find out? – Denise
x I'm looking for some upholstery classes. Any suggestions? – Rosanna
x I was wondering if you knew of any craft courses that teach you how to braid a rug? – Vanessa
x I’ve been looking for a local source for dyes for animal fibres and have failed.- Gayle


OpenID indigodragonfly said...

For Gayle:

There are great resources for dyes for protein (animal) fibres in Toronto.

G&S Dye - www.gsdye.com - on Dundas near McCaul St.
- G&S has a huge selection of dyes for all kinds of fibres, including protein fibres. Their staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. They also have great mail order service.

HEB Designs - Elizabeth Ballantine
(no website) is another great source, though I haven't used her dyes in quite some time. She should be in the phone book, on Rosedale Valley Rd.

Lettuce Knit - www.lettuceknit.com
Lettuce Knit doesn't sell dyes, but has a great, fully stocked dye studio. They offer workshops and rent their dye studio for reasonable rates that include the dyes.

1:48 p.m.  
Anonymous tania said...

i know OCAD had a full weaving studio when i was there in the late 90's...
expensive though and maybe they dont have it anymore??
:) worth a look-

1:55 p.m.  
Blogger coldsnapbindery said...

the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners meet at the Art Gallery of Mississauga for regular meets - super nice and helpful ladies.

here's their site: http://www.ohs.on.ca/regnews.html

also, i believe George Brown offers upholstery classes.

2:50 p.m.  
Blogger h said...

The Toronto District School Board is currently registering for it's Fall Continuing Education semester. There is a course offered on upholstry (among other fun-sounding things)


Do you have a chair that needs new life or a footstool that needs uplifting? Bring them to the upholstery class. A Master Upholsterer will teach you the basics that will enable you to complete a project in class or in your own home. Topics will include stripping furniture, re-enforcing frame work, cutting, sewing, laying fabric and foam. Bring your project to the first night of class. (material costs: extra)

2:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre offers weaving courses. They run in ten-week sessions and cost $150. See: www.toronto.ca/culture/cedar_ridge.htm

10:55 a.m.  
Anonymous eggplantpurple said...

For Denise looking to take ceramics courses...check out C1 Artspace on Ossington, just north of Queen. Great space! I'm going to big up the silk screening on clay because I'm teaching it, but there's a whole wack of fantabulous courses being taught for adults and children. We try to mix it up. Classes beging begin at the end of September, registration is open now.
The website is www.c1artspace.com

4:18 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Upholstery classes - I recommend Evelyn Boumas Creativity Classes - has been teaching upholstery for over 40 years and she is one of a kind teacher. Students are working on their own projects from antiques sofas to very modern chairs. Look at the web:www.evelynbouma.com

6:07 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

this email came through from C.G.:

Registration is now open for fall ceramics classes at the Koffler Centre for the Arts.
Wheel, handbuilding, sculpture -- do one or all under the leadership of Lynn Fisher, professional potter who's worked, sold and taught internationally. It's more like a workshop than a formal class -- members have different levels of experience, different styles, different backgrounds and it all combines to produce a vital and creative group.

I'm a longtime member and feel this is the best pottery learning experience in Toronto.

Learn more at

11:40 a.m.  

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