Classes

Handweavers and Spinners Guild activities, events and meetings will slowly begin again at the Guild rooms as restrictions under covid-19 alert level 2 are loosened.

The 2020 education programme will begin with the three-day Queen’s Birthday Weekend Weaving Staycation (subject to remaining at level 2 and/or level 1). The Guild rooms are large enough to accommodate the small class numbers easily with adequate physical distancing, and appropriate sanitising and cleaning.

2020 Education Programme

The 7 June and 21 June Beginner Spinning classes are fully booked but places are available for Beginning Spinning on Sunday 5 July. See below.

The 13 June and 28 June Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving classes are fully booked but places are available for Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving on Sunday 26 July. See below.

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

Venue and parking
All classes are held at the Guild rooms (Textile Arts Centre) in Nicholson Park, Mt Eden. The rooms are located behind the Nicholson Park Tennis Club and can be accessed via the Disraeli St entrance to Auckland Normal Intermediate School (Gate 2). Click on this link for a map.
Parking is available during weekends and evenings in the Auckland Normal Intermediate School carpark off Disraeli St or on the street during school hours.

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

(fully booked, see below for 4 Shaft Weaving 101 class 20 June and 4 Shaft Weaving Weekend 29, 30 August)

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Dates: Saturday 30 May, Sunday 31 May and Monday 1 June 2020
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm each day
Cost: $200 Guild member/$240 non-member
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

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.

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel)

(fully booked, see below for Sunday 5 July class)

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 7 June 2020 (please register by 2 June)
Time: 1pm – 3.30pm
Cost: $60 ($50 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

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 or by email (handweavers@xtra.co.nz) 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 handweavers@xtra.co.nz if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving

(fully booked, see below for 26 July class)
Tutor
: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 13 June 2020 (please register by 8 June)
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Cost: $80 ($70 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Learn the rules then enjoy breaking them while exploring traditional and Saori techniques on a pre-warped rigid heddle loom.

Materials/equipment required

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

 4 Shaft Weaving 101

(2 places available)
Tutor
: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 20 June (please register by 15 June)
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Cost: $100 ($90 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Learn the fundamentals of weaving on pre-warped looms, working on a sample to take home.

Equipment/materials

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

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel)

(fully booked, see below for 5 July class)
Tutor
: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 21June 2020 (please register by 19 June)
Time: 1.30pm – 4pm
Cost: $60 ($50 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

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 or by email (handweavers@xtra.co.nz) 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 handweavers@xtra.co.nz if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving

(fully booked, see below for 26 July class)
Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 28 June 2020 (please register by 21 June)
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Cost: $80 ($70 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Learn the rules then enjoy breaking them while exploring traditional and Saori techniques on a pre-warped rigid heddle loom.

Materials/equipment required

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

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel)

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 5 July 2020 (please register by 3 July)
Time: 1pm-3.30pm
Cost: $60 ($50 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

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 or by email (handweavers@xtra.co.nz) 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 handweavers@xtra.co.nz if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

Beginner Felting – Make a Felt Bag

Tutor: Christine Roxburgh
Date: Sunday 12 July 2020 (please register by 6 July)
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Cost: $80 ($70 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Come and enjoy making a felt bag with pockets. You will learn basic felting skills, including how to use resist techniques and lay out wool for strength, and then have fun making your own surface design.

Suitable for beginner felters.

All bag materials will be provided. You will need to bring some general materials and equipment (see list below).

Materials/equipment required

Please bring:

  • 2 old towels
  • 2 pieces of bubble wrap approx 60cm x 1metre 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

Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 26 July 2020 (please register by 20 July)
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Cost: $80 ($70 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Learn the rules then enjoy breaking them while exploring traditional and Saori techniques on a pre-warped rigid heddle loom.

Materials/equipment required

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

Next Steps Spinning

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 8 August 2020 (please register by 5 August)
Time: 9.30am-12pm
Cost: $60 ($50 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

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. Homework required (see below).

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 or by email (handweavers@xtra.co.nz) 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

Tutors: Carla Millard and Wendy van der Wal
Date: Saturday 15 August 2020 (please register by 20 July)
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $105 ($95 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

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.

4 Shaft Weaving Weekend

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 August 2020 (please register by 22 August)
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Cost: $140 ($110 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Design, warp and begin weaving your own scarf project using stash yarns over two days.

Prerequisite 4 Shaft Weaving 101

Equipment required

  • A 4 shaft loom, if you have one, or you may borrow a Guild loom. Please advise us in your enrolment form or by email (handweavers@xtra.co.nz) if you wish to use a Guild loom for this class.
  • 400 grams of 8 ply in at least 2 colours.
  • 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.

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.

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

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

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