Auckland Handweavers and Spinners Guild Summer Pop-Up Classes


Drum Carding Gradients

Tutor:               Kurt Payne

Date:                Saturday 18th May 2019

Time:                1 – 3pm.

Venue:              Textile Art Centre, 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden. The home of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Cost:               $30 ($20 for Guild members)

Learn to create gradient batts on the drum carder from two or more colours of fibre. Use a colour wheel and smartphone to choose and arrange colour and how to draft from a batt to a roving.

Materials required: 100g of two or more coloured fibres (Ashford 100g fibre pack recommended)


  • Working drum carder with 50g batt capacity and cleaning brush
  • Button or diz
  • Pen, notepad, smartphone


Our HWG education programme is continuing to the end of this year. Take advantage of our expert Tutors and get more from your work. If you wish to enrol in a class, please contact Alison Francis in the office ( or phone 638 7138 and leave a message).

Alternatively you may also fill out our online form, or print and fill out the PDF form below and send it to us.



How to Enrol

Pay the amount into the Handweavers and Spinners Bank Account 12 3011 0808690 00 with Class name and Your surname in the reference sections .

Fill out the class registration form at the end of the classes page on the website

(If you cannot pay directly into the account, please email us and tell us that you are posting a cheque to Handweavers and Spinners Guild, PO Box 67099 Mt Eden)

All classes are held at The Textile Arts Centre (the former women’s Bowling Club building), 25 Poronui Street, Mt Eden


Class Photos / Feedback

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


Class Registration Form

Payment Methods:

Direct Credit to Guild Bank Account (preferred) – 12-3011-0808690-00. Please put your surname and Class name in the reference Fields

Cheque – Please put class name of back of Cheque and post to Handweavers Guild PO Box 67099, Mt Eden Auckland 1349

Please Note that your enrolment will be confirmed once payment is made.