Classes

Our Handweavers and Spinners Guild (HWG) education programme is continuing to the end of the year. Take advantage of our expert tutors and get more from your work.

See the How to Enrol section below for online enrolment form and information about enrolling for any of this year’s classes

 

 

2019 Taster Classes

 

Beginner 4 Shaft Weaving 

Tutor: Alison Francis
Date: Sunday 23 June 2019 (please register by 15 June)
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: $55 ($45 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Come and have a go at weaving on one of the Guild looms. It will be all set up for you so that you have a chance to complete your project.

Equipment / materials:

  • All materials will be provided.
  • Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Bring scissors and a tape measure.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided.

 

Introduction to Tāniko Weaving

Tutor: Jackie Pako
Date: Saturday 29 June 2019 (please register by 27 June)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $90 ($80 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Explore contemporary and traditional Māori weaving techniques.

Discover how to extract muka, the inner fibre of harakeke the New Zealand flax plant, to create yarn.

Using modern commercial yarns, learn the process of hand weaving into one or two small projects.

Materials / equipment:

  • All materials will be provided.
  • Please bring something to share for lunch.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided.
  • Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.

 

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel) 

*This class is now fully booked

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 30 June 2019 (please register by 28 June)
Time: 9.30am – 12pm
Cost: $58 ($48 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild

This class is for beginner spinners and those wanting to refresh the basics of spinning with the spinning wheel.

Equipment / materials:

  • Bring your own working spinning wheel if available or use a Guild one.
  • Please advise us in your enrolment form if you wish to use a Guild spinning wheel for this class.
  • All materials provided.
  • Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Tea and coffee provided.
  • Email us at alisonashton@gmail.com  if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

 

Beginner Rigid Heddle Warp & Weave

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 7 July 2019 (please register by 5 July)
Time: 9.30am –2pm
Cost: $90 ($80 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

Learn to warp and weave on your rigid heddle loom. Bring your own rigid heddle loom with 7.5epi reed or borrow a Guild loom.

Materials / equipment required:

  • 2 x 50g balls DK yarn, pure wool, in contrasting colours.
  • Direct warping tools (should be included with your loom but spares are available at the Guild).
  • Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Please advise us in your enrolment form if you wish to use a Guild loom for this class.

 

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel) 

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 14 July 2019 (please register by 12 July)
Time: 9.30am – 12pm
Cost: $58 ($48 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild

This class is for beginner spinners and those wanting to refresh the basics of spinning with the spinning wheel.

Equipment / materials:

  • Bring your own working spinning wheel if available or use a Guild one.
  • Please advise us in your enrolment form if you wish to use a Guild spinning wheel for this class.
  • All materials provided.
  • Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Tea and coffee provided.
  • Email us at alisonashton@gmail.com  if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

 

Warping Your 4 Shaft Loom

Tutor: Alison Francis
Date: Sunday 28 July 2019 (please register by 26 July)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $100 ($90 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

Equipment required:

  • A 4 shaft loom, if you have one, or you may borrow a Guild loom. Please advise us in your enrolment form  if you wish to use a Guild loom for this class.
  • Warping board, if you have one, or you may borrow a Guild one.
  • Warp sticks or corrugated cardboard, reed hook, heddle threader (if you have your own loom).
  • Some scrap yarn.
  • Pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Measuring tape, scissors.
  • Your lunch. We will supply tea and coffee.

What you will weave:

We recommend that you all weave a scarf for this project because the amount of warp threads involved is manageable.

 

Beginner Felting

Tutor: Christine Roxburgh
Date: Sunday 4 August 2019 (please register by 2 August)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Cost: $65 ($55 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

Enjoy learning how to felt and see why felting has become so popular today. The basic techniques of felt-making are simple to learn but the possibilities are endless! This class is a fun and relaxing way to learn a new skill and get inspired. You will then be able to enjoy creating a variety of things from scarves and bags to jackets, hats and sculptural work.

Felting kit will be provided.

Equipment required
Students to bring:

  • 2 old towels.
  • 2 pieces of bubble wrap approx 70cm x 50cm each.
  • an empty 2L milk container with lid.
  • plastic bag to take wet felt home.
  • apron, waterproof, if possible.
  • Pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.

 

Next Steps Spinning

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 10 August 2019 (please register by 8 August)
Time: 9.30am – 12pm
Cost: $58 ($48 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

This class is for beginner spinners wanting to take the next steps in developing their spinning technique. The class will cover making a 2 ply yarn and making a chain ply yarn.
9:30am arrival for tea/coffee and to set up your spinning wheels.
The class begins at 10am.

Materials / equipment / homework:

  • Bring your own spinning wheel or use a Guild one. Please advise us on your enrolment form if you wish to use a Guild spinning wheel for this class.
  • Spin 2 x bobbins of 15g fibre each to bring.
  • Spin 1 x bobbin of 30g fibre to bring.
  • Bring lazy kate.
  • Bring extra empty bobbins.
  • Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Tea and coffee provided.

 

Beginner Tapestry Weaving

Tutor: Carla Millard and Wendy van der Wal
Date: Saturday 31 August 2019 (please register by 31 July)
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $100 ($90 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

Try your hand at Tapestry Weaving in this fun class where you will learn basic techniques to complete your own small woven tapestry as well as seeing inspiring work from around the world.

Equipment and materials:

  • Tapestry looms will be provided for use during the class. You won’t finish your tapestry during the class – you’ll need to complete it at home.
  • All yarns are provided for the class. Students are welcome to bring their own weft yarns (the selection of colours provided for the class may be limited).

At a follow-up session about a month after this class students will return their looms and learn finishing techniques. This follow-up session is included in the class fee and will be organised on the day.
Frame looms may be available for sale.
The tutors will provide instructions for making your own tapestry frame loom.

Materials required
Students should bring:

  • Pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Scissors.
  • Ruler (for use as shed stick).
  • Table fork (to use as beater).
  • Your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

 

 

How to Enrol

  1. If you wish to enrol in a class, please use the online enrolment form below (scroll to bottom of the page).
  2. Pay the class fee into the Handweavers and Spinners bank account 12 3011 0808690 00 with class name and your surname in the reference sections.

Note:     If you cannot pay directly into the account, you can pay by cheque.

Please advise us on the registration form that you are paying by cheque (payable to Handweavers and Spinners Guild Auckland).

Send cheque to:
Handweavers and Spinners Guild Auckland
PO Box 67099 Mt Eden
Auckland 1349

Alternatively, you may wish to print out the PDF form below and mail it to us at:

Handweavers and Spinners Guild Auckland
PO Box 67099 Mt Eden
Auckland 1349

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CLASS REGISTRATION FORM

 

Location of HWG rooms

All classes are held at The Textile Arts Centre (the former women’s Bowling Club building), 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden.

The Textile Arts Centre can be accessed from 54 Disraeli St, Mt Eden (Auckland Normal Intermediate School, Gate 2). See map below or click on this link.

Parking is available during weekends and evenings behind the Textile Arts Centre at 54 Disraeli St (Auckland Normal Intermediate School, Gate 2) or on the street during school hours.

 

Class Photos / Feedback

Loom ready for the Tapestry Taster class 2018

 

Felting – Photos from the class

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4 Shaft Weaving – Photos from the class

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Beginner Tapestry Weaving – Photos from the class

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Feedback – ‘Exploring 4 Shaft Weaving’

“Thank you very much for conducting the weaving course that I attended yesterday.

When I purchased my loom off Trade Me, it was not what I expected. I had used a small rigid heddle at school and was expecting that – not a very large, very heavy four shaft loom.

Thank goodness you were able to give me a few lessons and get me going.

But I had lost my confidence and was having a love hate relationship with the loom.

Thank you for guiding me through the warping up process on the lovely 8 shaft looms that the Guild has purchased. They are so light compared with my loom, and much easier to thread.   The racket stays open to make it easier to wind on.  With my loom I need to hold open the rackets and as my arms are not long enough to hold one open and wind on, swear words occur.

I have enclosed two photos of the work that I achieved. I enjoyed the challenge of working on all eight shafts. I hope that everyone admires the loom and the work we did when it is displayed at the Woolfest.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and meeting the other lovely ladies.”

Kind Regards,

Sue Ellen

 

Class Registration Form