All Guild classes suspended

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.

Summer 2020 popup workshop

To register for a workshop, please use the online registration form below.

Exploring Shadow Weave

Date: Saturday 16 May (postponed from 21 March)
Time: 1pm (after Guild meeting)
Venue: Guild rooms
Cost: $10

This is a great opportunity to see and try out a rigid heddle loom set up for double heddle weaving plus there are two other looms set up for shadow weave and log cabin so you can have a go and find out how it works. Beginner weavers welcome!
Topics covered include:

  • Warping 2 colours
  • Weaving with multiple shuttles
  • Design and planning resources

2020 Education Programme

To register for a class or course, please use the online registration form below.

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel)

(1 place available)
: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 5 April 2020 (please register by 2 April)
Time: 1pm – 3.30pm
Cost: $60 ($50 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.


  • Bring your own working spinning wheel if available or use a Guild one.
  • Please advise us in your enrolment form or by email ( 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 if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

Queen’s Birthday Weaving Staycation
(beginner level three-day weaving course)

(fully booked)
: Kurt Payne
Dates: Saturday 30 May, Sunday 31 May and Monday 1 June 2020
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm each day
Cost: Early bird fee (until 13 April): $160 Guild member/$200 non-member
After 13 April: $200 Guild member/$240 non-member
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Staying in Auckland over Queen’s Birthday Weekend? Learn to weave!

Day 1
Begins on pre-warped 8-shaft looms, with a little theory, and learning to create different patterns by lifting different threads. Plain weave, basket weave and some different twills.

We cover instruction on how to hem the end of your work, as well as how to lay the cross-thread (the weft) correctly between the long threads (the warps).

At the end of the day we cut off the sample weaving (which you can take home) and then we take all the old warp off the looms so on Day 2 you are ready to start afresh.

Days 2 & 3
We start by planning your first project (a scarf) using 8ply/DK weight yarns from your stash.

We will cover:

  • Theory of Sett and yarn requirements.
  • Pattern choice and design.
  • Warp calculation and winding.
  • Loom threading and problem solving.
  • Getting a good head start on your project.

You will be able to finish your weaving at home or during other Guild group sessions. There is no rush so you can work at an enjoyable pace.

By the end of the weekend you will have comprehensive course notes and enough knowledge and experience to plan and weave projects of your own.

Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided, bring your own lunch.

Spaces are strictly limited.

Details of the Guild’s full 2020 education programme will be posted on the website when they are available. These classes will include beginner spinning, weaving, tapestry weaving and felting.

How to Enrol

  1. If you wish to enrol in a class, please use the online enrolment form below.
  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

Class Registration Form

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


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

The Lace Up in Style: Handwoven Shoelaces class in November 2019 produced a bunch of unique, colourful shoelaces, some with a hint of bling. Another great class with Kurt Payne.

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