Classes

The Handweavers & Spinners Guild rooms are open under covid-19 alert level 1 guidelines 

2021 Education Programme

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel)

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 30 May 2021 (please register by 27 May)
Time: 9.30am-12noon
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

  • All materials provided.
  • 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.
  • 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 Spinning (Spinning Wheel)

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 6 June 2021 (please register by 3 June)
Time: 9.30am-12noon
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

  • All materials provided.
  • 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.
  • 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 Fabulous Felt Flap Bag
Tutor: Christine Roxburgh
Date: Saturday 12 June (please register by 6 June)
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Cost: $90 ($80 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Come and enjoy making a felt bag with flap and 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
  • bucket or similar large container to take wet towels and bubblewrap home in
  • a pair of scissors for cutting wool and fabric
  • pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video

 

4 Shaft Weaving Weekend Workshop
Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 19 June, Sunday 20 June
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: $200 ($170 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

A weaving workshop for absolute beginners. Over two days learn to plan, warp, and weave a sampler using your own yarns.
Places are limited and by application.If accepted, your place will be confirmed upon receipt of full payment.

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.
  • 200 grams of 8 yarn 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).
  • Pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
  • Measuring tape, scissors.
  • Your lunch. We will supply tea and coffee.

Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving
Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 4 July 2021 (please register by 28 June)
Time: 9.30am-1pm (arrive between 9.15am and 9.25am to settle in and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. The class will start promptly at 9.30)
Cost: $90 ($80 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
• All materials will be provided.
• Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
• Tea and coffee will be provided.

Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving
Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Sunday 11 July 2021 (please register by 8 July)
Time: 9.30am-1pm (arrive between 9.15am and 9.25am to settle in and make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. The class will start promptly at 9.30)
Cost: $90 ($80 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
• All materials will be provided.
• Bring pen, notepad and smartphone to make notes or video.
• Tea and coffee will be provided.

Beginner Tapestry Weaving
Tutor: Carla Millard
Date: Saturday 21 August 2021 (please register by 22 July)
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $120 ($100 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 provided
• Tapestry looms will be provided as part of the class fee.
• 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).

You won’t finish your tapestry during the class – you’ll need to complete it at home and return for a follow-up session on Saturday 9 October where you’ll learn finishing techniques. This follow-up session is included in the class fee.

Other 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.

 

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

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.
  3. Payment of class fee will secure your place in the class.

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