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Tapestry Weaving Workshops at the Little Beehive Co-op in March 2017

Weave your own contemporary wall hanging. Using small frame looms, you will explore simple weaving and knotting techniques and have fun with colour, texture and shape.

Sessions will be from 7-9pm every Thursday evening in March (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th) and will be held at the Little Beehive Co-op in Nelson. Please plan to come along to as many sessions as you can in order to complete your piece – weaving is slow and steady work 🙂 Each session costs $20 plus a little more for the yarns and materials you use.

Everything will be provided but you’re welcome to bring along any special materials you wish to incorporate in your piece. You might also like to go foraging or beach combing for a strong driftwood stick (or something similar that is about 20cm long) to hang your piece from.

There are only 4 places left, so please book soon.

A5 Heart weaving kit Workshop feb 10th and 11th 2017

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2017 NZ Textile Experiences workshop dates for you… Details below….

Weave your own fabric Sampler – One day Workshop 19th Feb 2017 10am-4pm and also on the 5th March.

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Small Loom Weaving – One day Workshop on the 2nd April 2017 10am-4pm

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See below for details but please book your place through http://www.nztextileexperiences.co.nz.

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Weave your own fabric Sampler – 2 x One day Workshops on the 5th and 12th November 2016 10am-4pm

For this session, there will be a selection of table and floor looms for you to use. 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 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). You will take home a small piece 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 piece. For inspiration, you can also bring some images of your favourite objects, postcards, magazine cut-outs etc. These will help you choose colours and textures for your piece. Or you can choose from a folder of inspiration images in the studio.

For further information and bookings, please visit the  NZ Textile Experiences website.

Small Loom Weaving – 2 x One day Workshops on the 15th and 22nd  October 2016 10am-4pm

I’ll be hosting a couple of one day workshops in October called ‘Small Loom Weaving’. We will be using luxury New Zealand fibres and local colour inspiration to make some lovely hand-woven decorative pieces.

Please head over to the NZ Textile Experiences website to find out more about all the unique and exciting workshops available and to book a place.

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Wednesday Weavers – Term 3 2016 – Practical Weaving Theory

When? Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from 27th July to 31st August from 9.30-12.30.

Where? Classes will be held in The Railway Cottage Studio, Founder’s Park, Nelson.

Cost?  $195 in total (includes materials but you need to bring some stationery items – see list below)

Who? Small groups of 3-6 students who are at beginner or intermediate level (or those need a refresher to get weaving again) The small class is taught by experienced textile designer Karuna of Twill Textile Design in a lovely studio setting at Founders Park.

Bookings:  Please book directly to secure your place. Unfortunately, this class may not run if there are less than 3 students.

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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Wednesday Weavers – Term 2  2016

What? Design and weave your own striped scarf – from start to finish – using your favourite colours.

When? Term 2 2016. Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from 4th May to 8th June from 9.30-12.30.

Where? Classes will be held in The Railway Cottage Studio, Founder’s Park, Nelson.

Cost?  $210 in total (includes all materials to make your scarf)

Who? Small groups of 3-5 students who are at beginner or intermediate level (or those need a refresher to get weaving again) The small class is taught by experienced textile designer Karuna of Twill Textile Design in a lovely studio setting at Founders Park.

Bookings:  Please book directly with K to secure your place. Unfortunately, this class may not run if there are less than 3 students.

About the course:

In term 2 of 2016, 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 course 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 – Term 1 2016

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

When? Term 1 2016. Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from 10th Feb to 16th March from 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? Classes will be held in The Railway Cottage Studio, Founder’s Park, Nelson.

Cost?  $195 for the 6 week course (includes materials)

Who? Small groups of 4-6 students who are at beginner/intermediate level or those need a refresher to get weaving again. The small class is taught by experienced textile designer Karuna of Twill Textile Design in a lovely studio setting at Founders Park.

Bookings:  Please book directly with Karuna to secure your place. Unfortunately, this class will not run if there are less than 4 students.

About the course:

In term 1 of 2016, 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 six 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 – Starting Double Cloth

Loom 5 – Extra Weft figuring

Loom 6 – Texture using Shrinking Weft Yarns

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.

I’m so look forward to it!

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Wednesday Weavers – Term 2 2015

New and continuing students started this 8 week course on Wednesday 22nd April. 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  – Term 1 2015

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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Places available for weaving workshops this January 2015

10am-12noon on Wed 7th, Friday 9th, Monday 19th and Wed 21st January.

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

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Spring School Holiday 2014

Weaving Workshops for Children

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Workshops will run on Mondays and Saturdays in the Spring School Holidays, at the Railway Cottage Weave Studio, Founder’s Park, Nelson (near the big aeroplane)

  • Saturday 27th Sept (only a couple of places left!)
  • Monday 29th Sept (sorry fully booked)
  • Saturday 4th Oct (2 places left)
  • Monday 6th Oct
  • Saturday 11th Oct

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 the park 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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