Summer 2020 popup workshops

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

Introduction to solar natural dyeing (fully booked)

Date: Tuesday 21 January 2020
Time: 6.30pm-9pm
Venue: Textile Arts Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden (Handweavers and Spinners Guild premises)
Cost: $10

Make your own solar natural dye pot with Karen Bruford and Brooke Smith using such ingredients as onion skins, avocado pips, chamomile, coreopsis, marigolds, etc.
Together we will create dye jars with layered dyestuffs and fibers and/or yarn.
Expect an active discussion — current trends — what’s worked, what should have worked.

Materials to bring:

  • 1.5-­2 litre Kilner jar/s or similar with lid
  • 100gm roving and/or yarn —wool, silk, alpaca, mohair or a combination — scoured and clean please
  • dyestuffs including yellow onion skins, marigold flowers, lichen (old man’s beard), avocado stones (clean)
  • mesh bag for fibres/yarn (optional)
  • modifiers include rusty nails for iron, copper pieces or pipes in say 2.5-5 cm pieces
  • protective gear (eg gloves, apron, mask)

We will bring:

  • dyestuffs in addition to share, including Coreopsis flowers, Dyer’s chamomile, lichen/old man’s beard, avocado, Tansy flowers and leaves
  • fibre/yarn — samples to use, using different mordants (eg, rhubarb leaves)
  • mordants and modifiers

Please feel free to contact Karen and Brooke with any queries prior to the popup class (email

Knitted rag rugs

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: Textile Arts Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden (Handweavers and Spinners Guild premises)
Cost: $10

Explore the use of fabric strips to knit or crotchet a rag rug with Alison Milne.
Basic skills in knitting and/or crochet required.
We will briefly cover cutting fabric, design … and then we start creating.


  • ready cut fabric or fabric ready to cut
    knit or woven fabric (eg, cotton T-shirt, woven shirt, old sheet, etc) cut into long strips between 1-2cm wide — the lighter the fabric, the wider the cut (and vice versa)
  • sharp scissors
  • knitting needles/crochet hooks in sizes 6mm up
  • note taking/design making materials

To register for any of these summer popup workshops, please use the online registration form below.

2020 Taster Classes

Details of the Guild’s 2020 Taster classes 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