Classes

Handweavers and Spinners Guild activities, events and meetings have now resumed in the Guild rooms, subject to the government’s covid-19 protocols.

The Guild rooms are large enough to accommodate group and class numbers easily with adequate physical distancing, and appropriate sanitising and cleaning. Please:

  • Sign in (for contact tracing purposes)
  • Use the hand sanitiser/soap provided
  • Maintain adequate physical distance
  • Stay home if you have a cough, cold or feel unwell

2020 Education Programme

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.

Beginner Felting – Make a Felt Bag

Tutor: Christine Roxburgh
Date: Sunday 12 July 2020
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

Steeking

Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 18 July
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $50 ($40 Guild members)
Venue: Guild rooms, Nicholson Park, Mt Eden (behind Nicholson Park Tennis Club).

Eek steek! Cut your knitting.
Learn how to reinforce a steek before cutting your knitting using crochet, needle felting, and hand or machine stitching.

Materials/equipment

A pre-knitted swatch to cut and yarns are supplied.

You will need to bring:

  • Small sharp scissors
  • 3-3.5mm crochet hook or machine knitting latch hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • 3.25-3.75mm knitting needles, ideally circular
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Pen / pencil / reading glasses.

Creative Rigid Heddle Weaving

(fully booked)
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

(fully booked)
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

(2 places available)
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