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 Tapestry Weaving (fully booked)

Tutors: Carla Millard and Wendy van der Wal
Date: Sunday 29 September 2019 (please register by 15 September)
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.


Drum carding tweed blends and heathered colourways (fully booked)

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 21 September 2019
Time: 1pm—3.30pm
Cost: $50 ($40 Guild members)
Venue: Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild.

This hands-on class will explore drum carding and colour wheel basics and play with a range of techniques for creating lively tweed and heathered blends suitable for spinning or felting.
You will finish up with your own custom blend batt as well as samples of other batts created in class. No homework required  and absolute beginners welcome.

Please bring:

  • $5 cash for fibre for blending
  • A very small handful or 10cm length of fibre from your stash
  • A 30cm length of favourite yarn from your stash
  • Pen and note pad
  • Scissors
  • Smartphone

If you have them and are happy to share:

  • Drum carder
  • Flick carder
  • Colouring pencils
  • Diz

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

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