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Master Weaver Program

Program Description

The Master Weaver Program is consists of five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments.  It provides an educational environment in which an individual can acquire the skill to become an independent weaver.

Each level includes 5 consecutive days (30 hours) of a face-to-face workshop, followed by 125-175 hours of independent study on homework assignments.  The face-to-face workshops take place annually at our Fibre Week event, and the homework assignments are due a year after the workshop is completed.  This allows students then enrol in the next level at the next Fibre Week.

A distance/independent delivery option, excluding the face-to-face workshop, is not available at this time.

For a complete guide to the Master Weaver Program, please see the Master Weaver Policies.

Program Prerequisites:

Beginning Weaving:  If you have never had any weaving experience, but are interested in exploring the art, we offer a Beginning Weaving workshop during Fibre Week.  Please see our Workshops section of Fibre Week for more information.

Master Weaver Level 1:  Students should be experienced weavers, and are expected to be able to warp a loom independently at the outset of the class, and be conversant with basic weaving language and tools. Independent weaving experience is essential. Bring your own loom and equipment if possible.

Levels 2-5 require the previous Level's class and homework to be completed.  Each level builds off of the previous skill developments. 

Materials Requirements:

All students are required to bring their own loom, and the supplies noted in their course's supply list.  Each level has a different supply list, outlined below.   In addition to the supply lists for each individual should bring a 1" binder.

Level 1 Supply List
Level 2 Supply List
Level 3 Supply List
Level 4 Supply List

Loom Rentals

There are a number of looms available for rent on a first-come basis. Contact the program coordinator for reservations and make your rental payment when you register. View the rental loom specifications here.

Note: Olds College does not promote or endorse the purchase of a specific brand or type of weaving loom.

*New* Off Campus Offerings!

On a trial basis, Olds College is offering Level 1 & 2 of the Master Weaver program off campus.

Classes in April/May and September/October at the Yadkin Valley Fibre Room, in Yadkinville, NC.  See their website for details and registrations.  Be sure to have your Supply List ready!

Course Details

  • All courses offered as 5 day workshops, during Fibre Week.
  • All courses run from 9am-4:30pm with a 1.5 hour lunch break unless otherwise noted.
  • All instructors will be selected from our qualified roster of Master Spinner instructors.

All costs below do not include GST which is payable upon registration.

Level 1: 

The foundation class for the Artisan designation of the Master Weaver Program. It provides the basis for an ongoing exploration into weave structures, colour & design, and focuses on refining skills with materials and equipment. In this fast paced and challenging week, students will improve their weaving skills & management of materials, and challenge themselves to become more than “recipe” weavers. Note: classroom will be available in the evenings to weave samples during the week.  Basic weaving experience is necessary for this course.  If you have never had any weaving experience, but are interested in exploring the art, we offer a Beginning Weaving workshop located in our Workshops section.

Instructor:  Laura Fry
Bring:  A table loom + Level 1 Supply List
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition:  $495     Materials $65     Marking Fees $160

Level 2:  

These studies expand on knowledge and skill gained from working through the coursework and assignments of Level I.

  • Tools – the history and use of simple looms
  • Structure – expand on plain weave, twill and supplementary weft to explore double weave, twill treadlings and overshot
  • Design – colour interaction in the woven structure
  • The characteristics of cotton as a material for weaving
  • Planning and designing for weaving, including drafting, calculations and finishing considerations

Students are encouraged to bring their own loom and equipment.

Instructor:  Lynn McEachern
Bring:  A table loom and Level 2 Supply List
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition:  $495     Materials $65     Marking Fees $160
Prerequisite:  Level 1

Level 3:  

The coursework in this level focuses on Block Weaves, Profile Drafting, and Multi-shaft Weaving. The use of linen and silk in weaving, complex looms, and different computer weaving programs will be discussed. Students will be competent to apply the Profile Draft to various weave structures, and execute true unit weave structures, non-unit weave structures, and grouped thread projects. Students will demonstrate understanding and competency of a multi shaft weaving project and demonstrate competency in the use of both linen and silk fibres in an appropriate way.

The use of a multi-shaft loom in class, although desirable, is not required. However, access to at least an 8 shaft loom for homework is necessary.

Instructor:  Linda Wilson
Bring:  A table loom and Level 3 Supply List
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition $495     Materials $65     Marking Fees $160
Prerequisite:  Level 2

Level 4

This course requires the student to use all the information learned thus far in the Master Weaver program to develop a personal language utilizing the fundamentals of design and colour as applied to the woven structure.  The fundamentals of design will be covered as they relate to the whole, and then in relation to weaving.  Colour theory will be covered and then practiced in class. The majority of the classroom work will be in theory and on paper covering competencies in:

  • Fundamentals of Design
  • Colour Theory and Research
  • Colour in Weaving
  • Implementing Design in Weaving
  • Colour & Weave, Texture, Stripes & Checks, Plaids & Tartans
  • History of Flat Woven Textiles
  • Developing a portfolio

Bring:  A table loom and Levely 4 Supply List
Date:  June 18-22, 2017
Tuition $495     Materials $65     Marking Fees $160
Prerequisite:  Level 3

Level 5

Level 5 is a directed studies course which at this time does not have a workshop component at Fibre Week.  Level 4 participants will be contacted regarding how to start this process when more information is available.


Registration opens on March 1, 2018.

Registrations are taken through Olds College and are most easily processed online through the link to the right, or by phone using a credit card:

This course list comes from our Curricunet Academic database

Continuing Education

Phone: 403-556-8281
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre, Room 957

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Materials fees collected at the time of registration are for fibres, etc. supplied by the instructor for use during the class. They are not meant to be of sufficient quantity for homework completion.

5% Canadian Goods and Services Tax will be added to all registrations. For more information, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency's web page on Visitors to Canada.

Workbook/Homework Marking

Please include a copy of the requirements you used when you send your work.

Check with your marker for any special instructions before mailing your work. For Levels 1-3, include a cheque equal to your mailing cost for return postage (payable to the marking instructor).

When shipping workbooks across the Canada/US border, please label them as "Educational materials only. No Value.  Will be returned to the USA" and address them to the marker.  The best way to avoid any fees and shipping confusion is to use the US/Canadian Postal System, not services like UPS.  This will ensure timely, cost effective processing.

Marking Fees

Marking fees for students enrolled in classes starting in Fibre Week 2015 and beyond will be payable upon registration of the course.  These fees are to cover the cost of the instructor's time and enable us to provide you with valuable feedback on your weaving.  Return postage payable to the instructor with mailed homework is still required.

Levels 1-3: $160 + return postage payable to the instructor.

Homework Extensions

Homework must be submitted for marking within 12 months after the class has ended. If the work has not been submitted by this deadline, the student will not receive credit for the course.

An extension to this deadline can be requested by filling out the Extension Request Form and mailing (or emailing) it to the Olds College Operations Manager, Debbie Bailey.  This request must be received at least one month before the due date.  If granted, the extension will not exceed four months beyond the original completion date. Only one extension date will be allowed per course level.

A processing fee of $75 will be applied for extensions.

Refund Policy:

Refund requests, accompanied by the original course receipt, received at Olds College three (3) full work days prior to the start date of a course will be granted in full, less course specific material fees that have been incurred, non-refundable deposits and an administration fee of 20% of the course tuition or $150, whichever is less. No refunds will be issued less than three (3) full work days prior to the start date of a course. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal. In the event that a course is cancelled, registrants will receive a full refund.

Continuing Education Department

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 

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