2019 FIBRE BREAKAWAY

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VENUE:- THE LUMKO INSTITUTE, 47 DICKINSON ROAD, BENTWOOD PARK, BENONI NORTH

COST:- For the entire period inclusive of accommodation, full board, and tuition. R4,200-00.

 For tuition, lunch & teas, but excluding accommodation. R450-00 per day.

 Full time with accommodation and all meals & teas but ‘doing your own thing’ R3,200-00        The Details can be found on our application form


O COME AND JOIN US, THE TEACHERS ARE GREAT AND IT IS GOING TO BE LOTS OF FUN!

Meet the teachers!

Luise Duke

I started my spinning and weaving journey 19 years ago after meeting Anneke Turkenburg at a ladies craft exhibition held in a small shopping mall. I was demonstrating needle lace there. I did 10 weeks weaving, 10 weeks spinning and 10 weeks rug making  with her and truly found my passion in these fibre crafts.

I have never stopped learning and growing in these crafts- there is always a surprise, a new thing for me around every corner, some challenging, some a pure delight. The ease of internet also helps with exploring new techniques, new tools and new ways of doing “old” things.


My best happiness has been all the wonderful friends I have made and the lovely people I have met through weaving and spinning. They have graced my life with so much love and wonderful support.

 I am forever grateful to this craft, which joins me to the weavers and spinners of eons ago in the past and also to the crafts people of the future. I take my place in this linking chain in humility and awe.


In the beginners spinning course Luise will take her students on a journey of creativity. She means to concentrate on both woollen and worsted spinning, highlighting both the short and long draw as well as the plying techniques needed to give those students the opportunity of spinning a truly beautiful thread.  Thus also linking the student to the past and future of that timeless and essential craft of spinning



If you have any questions and would like to connect with Luise  send an email  to the Pretoria Weavers Guild, address  ‘ptaweaversguild@gmail.com’,  and they will forward your email to Luise.


Carol Ellis


My interest in spinning and weaving was sparked when at Hyde Park Corner I found the Johannesburg Weavers and Spinners Guild giving a demonstration of weaving and spinning.   I promptly joined and persuaded Joan Du Toit, to teach me to spin and, as part of the group known as the Experimental Spinners founded by Francis Domleo, I was able to learn many different spinning techniques



Similarly, after learning to weave with Thelma Harding, I gained several years of experience in a weaving structure study group run by Greig Kothe and Joan Du Toit.  Thoroughly fascinated by weaving structures I was able to import an AVL 24 harnes Dobby loom and spent many happy years weaving cloth for both clothing and upholstery.



In the beginners course we will wind a warp, dress the loom and learn how to read a weaving pattern draft.
  Then go on to look at tabby or plain weave and the possibilities of straight 
twill, pointed twill, clasped wefts and a basic double weave.  Finally we will study a few finger manipulated weaves such as inlay and openwork. 




 If you have any questions and would like to connect with Carol  send an email  to the Pretoria Weavers Guild, address  ‘ptaweaversguild@gmail.com’,  and they will forward your email to Carol

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