Learn to Hand Weave
I have been a hand weaver for over 30 years now and one of the highlights of that journey is for me to be able to share the hand weaving process with others. Hand weaving is a sustainable practice producing beautiful and also lasting wearable textiles for warmth and looks. More and more people are coming to my workshops and then continuing the practice by buying their own looms and becoming weavers. Some come for the 2 day experience, others to begin their weaving journey, and to be with others during this creative process as we weave together.
Group Workshop • 2 days • Creating and making a warp and then weaving a wearable textile. We use 4 shaft table looms with a maximum of 6 weavers at each workshop and the process is suitable for experienced and new weavers. All materials and vegetarian lunches are provided.
The group workshops are currently held at the Titirangi Steiner School in Langholm, Auckland. The school has a great range of weaving looms and equipment and provides hand weaving to their year 10 and 11 students. I have been assisting in these classes for about 5 years, part of the fees from each of my workshops goes towards handwork education at the school.
Accelerator Personal Workshop • 1 day • I come to your home or studio and help you set up and develop your weaving practice. One on one tutoring covering setting up your loom, making a couple of warps (yarns included), threading your loom and discussing possibilities in yarns and patterns and weaving techniques. Notes of the weaving process are also provided. If you have already have a weaving practice, extending this with new learning techniques.
I only weave natural fibers in my textiles, and at the hand weaving workshops we use wool yarns sourced solely from mills and farms in Aotearoa. Merino, polwarth, alpaca and possum merino when it is available, mostly hand dyed by me in a full range of hues.