Now that Auckland has moved to covid-19 alert level 1, Handweavers & Spinners Guild meetings and activities are back to normal but we still encourage you to use the QR code or manual register to record visits to the Guild rooms and to maintain hand hygiene and other measures to help keep covid-19 eliminated. And of course, please stay home if you are unwell.

Classes postponed/rescheduled

The following classes have been rescheduled. See below for further details about these classes.

  • The Beginner Tapestry Weaving class scheduled for 15 August will now be held on Saturday 17 October 2020.
  • The Shadow Weave workshop scheduled for 22 August has been postponed.

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 Tapestry Weaving

(fully booked)
: Carla Millard and Wendy van der Wal
Date: Saturday 17 October 2020
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 learn finishing techniques. This follow-up session is included in the class fee and will be organised on the day.

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.

Shadow Weave workshop

Postponed, new date to be set
: Terry Wyatt and Kurt Payne
: Saturday 22 August
Time: 10am-11.30am
Venue: Guild rooms
Cost: $10
Discussion and demonstration exploring shadow weave on rigid heddle and multi-shaft looms. Topics covered include:

  • warping 2 colours
  • weaving with multiple shuttles
  • design and planning resources.

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


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