2020 Summer Workshops at LaHave Weaving Studio


Doug Guildford with Net

The LaHave Weaving Studio is offering a variety of summer workshops in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Owner Lesley Armstrong has invited guest artists to teach for the 2020 season and their workshops include “Tactile Notebooks & the Written Word” by Sandra Brownlee, “Crocheting Outside the Lines and Beyond the Doily” by Doug Guildford, “Spinning Handmade Japanese Paper” by Hiroko Karuno, and shorter netting knotting workshops with Brooke Gray. Lesley Armstrong will be teaching several weaving workshops throughout the summer ranging from Intro to Intermediate levels. For our fourth summer we are holding free public artist’s talks called Textile Conversations.

The LaHave Weaving Studio is situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Town of Lunenburg and the Studio is housed in a renovated historic building overlooking the harbour, a 5-minute walk to the public wharves, restaurants, and museums.

Multi-media artist Doug Guildford’s two-day workshop, Crocheting Outside the Lines and Beyond the Doily: Exploring a free form non-traditonal approach to crochet, will include the first day with Doug in his home, studio, and garden sharing his intuitive way of working with a variety of processes and materials. Walking along the shore will lead up to Day Two. The second day will be at the LaHave Weaving Studio where participants will let go of instructional pattern and allow the materials to lead toward unexpected possibilities. Wrapping, binding, taping, gluing, painting are some options to combine with crochet.


Sandra Brownlee in her studio

Governor-General winner (2014) artist Sandra Brownlee is offering her workshop Tactile Notebooks and the Written Word, a 5-day workshop that will help you find your own living language through the creation of a vibrant notebook practice. Motivated by ‘haptic’ considerations, participants will use the sense of touch to stimulate and awaken perception, to guide the making process, and to revive sensitivity to the way we communicate both visually and verbally.

Author and artist Hiroko Karuno will be offering a one-day workshop called Spinning Japanese Handmade Paper. Hiroko is a spinner, nature dyer, and weaver and her textiles are an intricate hybrid of traditional Japanese processes and materials. Hiroko spins paper thread from Japanese handmade paper, dyes it with natural dyes and then weaves it into a cloth called shifu. In this workshop participants will experience the entire process of making paper thread by hand from folding, cutting, rolling, tearing, and spinning.

Lesley Armstrong will be teaching several weaving workshops this summer, Introduction to Weaving/Refresher, The Strip-ed Towel, Weave a Woollen Throw, and Exploring Doublecloth Through Sampling. These are 4-5-Day workshops where participants work on floor looms in a rustic studio environment – designing, exploring with materials and structures, learning skills and techniques, examining woven samples, and looking at images of fibre artists. Lesley Armstrong has taught textile courses for three decades at NSCAD and runs the LaHave Studio and Armstrong Textiles, a weaving business that focuses on designing and weaving apparel and interior furnishings.

Lesley Armstrong
LaHave Weaving Studio
35 Falkland Street, 2nd floor
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0

Mailing Address:
6536 Highway 332
Upper LaHave, NS B4V 7B4

(902) 220-5430

Instagram: @armstrongtextiles
Facebook: @LaHave Weaving Studio
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LaHave Weaving Studio is partially accessible.