About Us


All Guild activities cancelled

All Handweavers and Spinners Guild activities, events and meetings are suspended until further notice while New Zealand remains at alert level 4 in response to the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Open to all ages and abilities

Classes and workshops

A superb textile craft library

Access to yarns, dyes, equipment and expertise

A strong sharing tradition

Welcome to the Handweavers and Spinner Guild Auckland!

We are a friendly community of fibre enthusiasts who love sharing our experiences, knowledge, ideas, successes and challenges in spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, tapestry weaving, crotchet and other fibre crafts.

The Guild is open to all ages and abilities and welcomes new members. Membership of the Guild offers:

  • special interest groups in knitting, spinning, weaving, tapestry weaving and felting
  • access to a comprehensive textile craft library
  • access to yarns and fibre for purchase (especially yarns and fibre not readily accessible in New Zealand)
  • equipment to borrow
  • discount on classes and workshops
  • a community of congenial fibre enthusiasts.

Since it was set up in 1954, the Guild has fostered and encouraged the fibre arts in a welcoming and sharing community.
The Guild is affiliated to Creative Fibre, the New Zealand organisation for all fibre crafts.
To join the Guild, you must also be a member of Creative Fibre.
Annual Guild membership: $45
Annual Creative Fibre membership: $35

See here for information about the location of the Guild premises.

Contact us: handweavers@xtra.co.nz

Summer popup workshop

Exploring Shadow Weave
Postponed until 16 May 1pm (after Guild meeting)
With Kurt Payne and Terry Wyatt

For more information about this workshop, see the Classes page where you can register online.

2020 education programme

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel) Class (1 place available)
Sunday 5 April 1pm-3.30pm
Queen’s Birthday Weaving Staycation (beginner level three-day weaving course) (fully booked)
Saturday 30 May, Sunday 31 May and Monday 1 June 9.30—3.30 each day

For more information about these classes, see the Classes page where you can register online.

The full 2020 education programme will be posted when details are finalised. Classes will include beginner spinning, weaving, tapestry weaving and felting.

Tuesday Night Textilers (TNT)  7pm-9pm

Join us on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm as we natter over knitting or chat over crochet – or do you fancy a bit of felting? Weaving, spinning – it’s all happening.

Forgotten how to read a pattern? What’s the difference between yarn over and double crochet? I’d like to use my mother’s spinning wheel – can you help? How do you weave? What is felting? Where can I get supplies, information, tuition? Can I just sit and knit…or crochet…or bring my needlework? Absolutely!

The Guild offers a quiet and friendly atmosphere at The Textile Arts Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden for these weekly gatherings. They are also free and you even get a cuppa!

All welcome – but for non-Guild members a small donation is appreciated.

New weekend groups
This year sees two new weekend groups starting for people who work weekdays.

Sunday Spinners – study group: 1st Sunday in the month 9:30am-12:30pm at the Guild rooms.
Improve your hand spinning, share knowledge and resources and experiment with new techniques exploring a different theme each month.

Weekend Weavers: 4th Sunday in the month 9:30am-12:30pm at the Guild rooms.
Bring your table/shaft/rigid heddle/inkle or pin loom for a morning of weaving. Use our extensive magazine and book library to plan your next project and dive into our yarn room stash.

See here for information about the location of the Guild premises.

Contact us

Email: handweavers@xtra.co.nz