Guild Groups

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

See the Classes page for full class details and an online registration form.

Guild groups and meetings

The Handweavers and Spinners Guild runs a full programme of meetings and special interest groups throughout the year. See the Calendar for dates of meetings and special interest groups.

See also the Guild’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

If you want more information about any of the groups below, please email handweavers@xtra.co.nz.

General Guild monthly meeting

General monthly meetings alternate between the third Tuesday and the third Saturday each month, beginning with the February Tuesday meeting.

  • 3rd Tuesday – February, April, June, August, October
  • 3rd Saturday — March, May, July, September, November

These monthly meetings give you a chance to socialise and get to know other members, borrow library books, shop for yarn or fibre and check out show and tell items.

The Tuesday meetings include a guest speaker or activity and a shared lunch.

The Saturday meetings are primarily for working on projects and activities and include a shared morning tea.

What: Guild monthly meeting

When: Third Tuesday or third Saturday each month 10am-12.30pm (Guild rooms are open from 9.30am)

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation

 

Tuesday Night Textilers (TNT)

Join us on Tuesday evenings as we natter over knitting or chat over crochet – or maybe you fancy a bit of felting, weaving, spinning – it’s all happening.

Forgotten how to read a pattern? What’s the difference between yarn over and double crochet? I’d like to use my mother’s spinning wheel – can you help? How do you weave? What is felting? Where can I get supplies, information, tuition? Can I just sit and knit … or crochet … or bring my needlework? Absolutely!

Bring your current work and join this friendly, sharing group. There’s generally someone who can help answer your questions and find solutions to fibre-related problems.

What: Tuesday Night Textilers (TNT)

When: Every Tuesday 7pm-9pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation

 

Spin and Knit

Bring your current spinning or knitting (or other fibre craft) project and join our friendly and lively group that meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

What: Spin and Knit

When: First Wednesday each month 10am-2pm (from February)

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation

 

Sunday Social Crafting (Bowling Club)

Bring your current project to a social Sunday get together. Trawl Ravelry on the Guild wifi, peruse the vast Guild library and check out fibre and yarn on the yarn shelves.

What: Sunday Social Crafting (Bowling Club)

When: Third Sunday each month 10am-1pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation

 

Sunday Spinners Study Group

Improve your hand spinning, share knowledge and resources and experiment with new techniques exploring a different theme each month.

What: Sunday Spinners Study Group

When: First Sunday each month 9.30am-12.30pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $5

 

Fabricators Weaving Interest Group

Bring your recent work, your problems and queries and share your experiences with a friendly group.

Weavers of all levels are welcome. New weavers will find willing mentors, encouragement and help with problem-solving.

What: Fabricators Weaving Interest Group

When: First Tuesday each month 12.30pm-2.30pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation

 

Weekend Weavers Study Group

Bring your table, shaft, rigid heddle, inkle or pin loom for a morning of weaving. Use our extensive magazine and book library to plan your next project and dive into our yarn room stash.

What: Weekend Weavers Study Group

When: Fourth Sunday each month 9.30am-12.30pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $5

 

Tapestry Weavers

Tapestry weaving goes back hundreds of years to the earliest beginnings of thread interlacing. Traditionally it is a handweaving technique which produces a flat-surfaced, plain weave, weft-faced fabric in which you construct the cloth at the same time as weaving the design. Tapestries can be woven on anything that can support a warp (eg an old picture frame) and can be any size from miniatures to very large.

At our meetings we usually work on our individual tapestries, learn and share new techniques, and discuss other weavers’ work which has inspired us.

New weavers are welcome and will find help and encouragement at the monthly meetings.

What: Tapestry Weavers Interest Group

When: Second Monday each month 10am-12pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation

 

Felters

The Felters group meets on the fourth Saturday each month to work on their own projects, taking advantage of the space and large tables in the Guild rooms.

Beginner felters are welcome and will find help, encouragement and guidance among group members.

What: Felters Interest Group

When: Fourth Saturday each month 12pm-4pm

Where: Textile Arts Centre, Mt Eden (see map for location and parking information)

Who: Guild members and non-members all welcome

Cost: Non-Guild members $2 donation