Events on: Sat, Sep 9, 2017
Beginner Weaving Classes with Ellen Good 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


6 Beginner Weaving Classes with Ellen Good

Saturdays: 6 weeks of Beginner Classes

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Starts: Saturday, September 9th. Ends: Saturday, October 28th

(check below as there are some gaps due to other workshops)

To register, please contact


This course is for the student who has never woven or a beginner weaver who  would like to review the basics. At the end of the 6 x 3-hour sessions, students will be able to select and prepare  materials, dress and operate a loom, design and execute  projects, read a draft, and diagnose and trouble shoot problems. Basic finishing techniques will be covered also.

Additional studio time will be available in addition to the  scheduled formal instruction. See Dates and Costs below.

What to bring: Eat lunch before you come or enjoy the offerings of the McDonalds Corners Farmers Market on the MERA Schoolhosue grounds until Thanksgiving weekend.

Dates of the Classes (no drop ins):

1. Saturday, September 9th 12:30 : 3:30 PM

2. Saturday, September 16th 12:30 - 3:30 PM

3. Saturday, Sepember 30th 12:30 - 3:30 PM

4. Saturday, October 14th 12:30 - 3:30 PM

5. Saturday, October 21th 12:30 - 3:30 PM

6. Saturday, October 28th 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Cost: $225 for MERA Members; $280 for non-Members, for all six classes. To secure your space, payment is required ahead of time. Cancellations within two weeks of the first class are non-refundable.

Cheques are payable to "MERA" Please send to MERA, 974 Concession 9A, McDonalds Corners ON K0G 1M0.  Cancellations within two weeks of the first class are non-refundable. 

Materials cost: $10 per person (in total for all 6 classes).

About the Instructor Ellen Good:  Involved with the MERA Schoolhouse Heritage Weaving program since its inception almost 20 years ago,   Ellen taught weaving to a group of people wanting to learn hand weaving with the intention of providing a creative employment opportunity for local women and men in this locally significant pioneer industry.  The program was part of a grant MERA obained from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this purpose. The MERA Schoolhouse Heritage Weavers are still going strong to this day with 12-15 weavers operating out the weaving studio at MERA and in their own homes. Handwoven items are sold throughout the area, including, at one time, the National Gallery of Canada and many local artisan fairs and studio tours, including the MERA Christmas Fair every November. MERA receives 20% of sales from all items sold that have been made at the MERA Schoolhouse.

Weaver and Designer Ellen Good receive the first MERA Award of Excellence in Fine Arts and Fine Crafts in 2009.

For further details about what will be learned in this series of classes, please contact teacher Ellen Good directly at Ellen Good <