Learn to Weave

We are very excited to announce 3 weaving workshops coming up in Nelson, NZ in early 2021.

Tutoring is also available, either 1-1 by appointment or via Zoom. Please enquire through this site’s contact page.

Your Own Washcloth Workshop – Saturday 9 January 2021 10:00 – 16:00 at Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Appleby, Richmond, Nelson

For this session, there will be a selection of looms types for you to use (rigid heddle, table, floor and handheld frame looms). These will be ‘dressed’ and ready to go with the vertical warp threads all set up – so you don’t have to do the tricky and labour intensive preparation.

Following a hands-on demonstration, you can start to weave your very own washcloth. These can be used either as a soft face cloth or as a durable dish cloth for washing up – they also make great gifts.

During the workshop you will explore plain weave and twill fabric structures. There will be a variety of colours to choose from, all practical cotton, linen and bamboo fibres.

You will take home a washcloth each – or two if you are really fast.

All materials are included in the course fees but you are most welcome to bring in any cotton yarns you wish to incorporate into your piece. If you decide to continue weaving washcloths in your own time, handheld loom frames and yarn will be available to purchase from the tutor. No previous experience necessary, just a willingness and openness to play with colour and fibre.

One day workshop NZD$120. Further details and bookings through…..  https://www.nztextileexperiences.com/event/weave-your-own-wash-cloth

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Exploring Looms, Colour & FibreSaturday 20 February 2021 10:00 – 16:00  at Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Richmond, Nelson

For this session, there will be a selection of table and floor looms for you to use. These will be ‘dressed’, with the vertical warp threads all set up and ready to start weaving.

Following a hands-on demonstration, you can start to weave your very own fabric sampler. During the workshop you will explore different fabric structures and weaving techniques. There will be a wide variety of colours and materials to choose from (including luxury New Zealand & hand dyed yarns). Students will take home 1 or 2 small pieces of fabric approx 20cm wide by 20-40 cm long.

All materials are included in the course fees but you are most welcome to bring in any special yarns you wish to incorporate into your pieces.

Complementary tea, coffee & biscuits are available at the workshop. Please bring a packed lunch and water bottle. Alternatively, there are two cafés and some artisan food shops close by for you to purchase food and drinks.

No previous experience necessary, just a willingness and openness to play.

One day workshop NZD$120. Further details and bookings through…..  https://www.nztextileexperiences.com/event/explore-looms-colour-and-fibre

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Small Loom Weaving – Saturday 13th March 2021 10:00 – 16:00  at Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Richmond, Nelson

During this one day workshop, you will learn to weave small pieces using two different handheld looms. These frame looms have been specially designed by tutor Karuna and have been manufactured in New Zealand. There will be a range vibrant and luxurious yarns available for you to use including commercial and hand-dyed New Zealand merino, alpaca and wool/silk.

Taking inspiration from our vibrant local area and surroundings, you will first weave ‘magic squares’ to make a ‘tapa-style’  flower brooch. Then, use a circle loom to weave small bowl shape items which can be used either as a tiny trinket/ear-ring bowl or made into another brooch.

No previous experience required. All materials will be supplied and are included in the cost of the workshop. Students can take the looms home so they can keep weaving.

One day workshop NZD$120.   Further details and bookings through…..  https://www.nztextileexperiences.com/event/handweaving

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Other courses available by appointment

Weave your own contemporary wall hanging – One day workshop

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Practical Weaving Theory – By Appointment

Who? Small groups of 2-6 students who are at beginner or intermediate level (or those need a refresher to get weaving again) The small class is taught by an experienced and practicing textile designer.

Bookings:  Please register your interest through this site’s contact page.

About the course: By covering basic theory, we will be consolidating some of the weaving practices you have experienced so far. This should help you understand not just how you set up a loom and weave a fabric, but why you set it up in a certain way and how you can change elements at each stage of the process to achieve different results.

Here are some of the topics that will be included during the course:

Fabric and yarn properties, yarn sett and reed formulae, wpi, epi and ppi, yarn calculations, interpreting projects found in books and magazines (inc. converting tie-ups for different looms), weave notation, understanding the ‘drawdown’, formulating your own threading drafts on paper, warp & weft design, weave structures…..

What to bring:

A variety of materials is available to choose from at the studio and is included in the course fees. Tea/coffee is served, but feel free to bring along your favourite takeaway drink/snack if you wish.

Please do bring along the items of stationery listed below:

An A4 ring binder folder with some A4 plastic insert sheets, A4 paper for taking notes, pencil, pen, eraser, ruler (with inches on it), calculator.

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Scarf Weavers – By appointment

What? Design and weave your own striped scarf – from start to finish – using your favourite colours. 2 days plus some finishing at home if necessary.

Cost?  $240 in total (includes some materials to make your scarf)

Who? Small groups of 2-6 students who are at beginner or intermediate level (or those need a refresher to get weaving again)

Bookings:  Please book directly with K to secure your place. Unfortunately, this class may not run if there are less than 2 students.

About the course:

The first focus will be on how you can design a striped warp using suitable yarns and interesting colour combinations. We will then learn to set up a loom (either rigid heddle or 4-shaft table loom) using the direct warping method. Once the loom is ‘dressed’ you can weave a few sample wefts to try out some different colour combinations before starting to weave the scarf length. We will be using a simple plain weave structure to practice consistent weaving (with nice selvedges.)

During this workshop you will also learn about combining colours, hem stitching, making tassels, and how to ‘finish’ you scarf once it comes off the loom.

What to bring:

A variety of materials is available to choose from at the studio and is included in the course fees. You are most welcome to source your own yarn from other suppliers or from your own ‘stash’ but please note, this will be at your own additional cost. Tea/coffee is available at the studio but feel free to bring along your favourite takeaway drink/snack if you wish.

Ps. the photos above are just one example – you will be able to choose your own preferred colour combinations

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Wednesday Weavers – by appointment

What? A ‘Round Robin’ Weavers course which this term focuses on weaving different fabric structures using various loom drafts (set-ups.)

When? Every Wednesday for 6 weeks 9.30-12.30. If there is lots of interest, another class will also run alongside either on a Thursday morning or Saturday afternoon (to be advised but please state your preference).

Where? Nelson, NZ. This class may be offered via Zoom too – please enquire.

Cost?  to be confirmed.

Who? Small groups of 2-6 students who are at beginner/intermediate level or those need a refresher to get weaving again. The small class is taught by an experienced and practicing weaver/designer.

Bookings:  Please register your interest through the contact page on this site.

About the course:

The focus will be on how you can weave a variety of pattern and texture by setting up the looms in different ways. There will be four looms ready to go when you arrive. Each student will spend a week exploring a particular weave structure, before rotating onto another loom the next week and so on.

We will be exploring the following constructions:

Loom 1 – ‘Colour & Weave’ effects

Loom 2 – Herringbones, diamonds and honeycombs on Point drafts

Loom 3 – Combination weaves on a block draft

Loom 4 – Twills and other weaves

At the end of the six weeks, you will have a collection of fabric samples as well as technical notes describing how each fabric is made. We will also have plenty of class time for discussion on the possibilities of each type of loom set-up.

The techniques you explore this term will lead into the next term’s project if you wish to continue. Term 2 will involve designing and setting up your own loom for a personal project which further explores one of the drafts you have enjoyed in term 1.

What to bring:

A variety of materials is available to choose from at the studio and is included in the course fees. You are most welcome to source your own yarn from other suppliers or from your own ‘stash’ but please note, this will be at your own additional cost. Tea/coffee is available at the studio but feel free to bring along your favourite takeaway drink/snack if you wish.

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Wednesday Weavers – 

New and continuing students started this 8 week course.There are now 6 students enrolled so my little studio is at full capacity for this session. If you are interested in coming along, just get in touch. If I have enough applications, I’ll be more than happy to set up another class/session. If you are not sure about committing to an 8 week course, you can arrange a two hour taster session – why not bring a friend or two and make it a get-together?

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Wednesday Weavers  –

A  beginners learn to weave course will be starting on the 11th Feb 2015.

The course will run every Wednesday morning 10am-12noon for eight weeks.

For more details, please see here

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Summer Workshops

by Appointment

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to make an enquiry.

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Spring School Holiday – by appointment

Weaving Workshops for Children

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Workshops will run on Mondays and Saturdays in the Spring School Holidays

They are suitable for creative boys and girls who are (approximately) 7 to 14 years old. Your teacher will be textile designer and resident weaver Karuna.

Small groups of 4-5 children so please book your place.

Parents are welcome to stay – grab a takeaway coffee and read a magazine on the couch or join in, help,have a go. Alternatively, go for a little wander around if your child is happy to stay.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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PS: Adult workshops and weaving classes will start next term. Please contact Karuna to register your interest.

Please register your interest using the form below.

Circle Weaving Workshop

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, we held a little Circle Weaving Workshop on Saturday 21st Sept. The Japanese Blossom festival was on in Miyazu Park too, and it was a beautiful sunny day, so we made flower brooches.

Lots of visitors joined us for an hour or two and made some beautiful cherry blossom inspired brooches. Thank you to everyone who came along. If you are interested in having a go at circle weaving, just contact me and I will set up another date soon. If you have a little group of friends who would like to get together and learn to circle-weave, I am more than happy to have you over to the studio or if you are in Nelson and surrounds, I can come to you. I also have little circle frame looms for sale at the studio if you want to have a go at home.

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