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.

2021 Education Programme

Beginner Spinning (Spinning Wheel)
fully booked
Tutor: Kurt Payne
Date: Saturday 17 April 2021 (please register by 14 April)
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.


  • 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 ( 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 if your wheel needs repairs and we will refer you to a spinning wheel repairer.

The 2021 programme will include classes in spinning, weaving, felting and tapestry weaving. Details will be posted here when the classes have been scheduled.

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


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