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Hear Ye Hear Ye

Welcome to Entwine our National Festival and Gathering hosted by the Canterbury Area Yarn Warriors. Along with the National Exhibition, Runway Show and Fashion Challenge we also have a Tapestry Challenge, Trades exhibits, lectures, workshops and Tours. Held in the Chateau on the Park, 189 Deans Ave/Kilmarnock St corner, Riccarton, Christchurch. We invite you to Entwine.
Kerry and Margaret

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All General Enquiries | Education | Exhibition | Fashion | Registration | Trades | Treasurer

General Information


Registrations will be processed in order of arrival. Please ensure your form is filled in clearly and accurately. Keep a copy for your records. Confirmations will be sent out as soon as possible after receipt of your forms or online registration. Collect your Festival Welcome Pack on your arrival at the Chateau on the Park. Don’t delay – register online now and get the Early Bird rate!

How would you like to pay? Credit Card (Visa/Mastercard only) | Direct Credit/Cheque.

Medical Services

There are two 24 hour medical services in Christchurch – one on Bealey Avenue and the other on Moorhouse Ave. They are both walk in centres open 7 days a week. The nearest full accident and emergency centre is Christchurch Public Hospital very close to the Chateau on the Park.


Please advise when registering, any assistance you may need during your time with us. Wheelchair access is available at all the venues.


Shuttles, Buses and Taxis are available on a regular basis from the Airport. Christchurch has a very good bus service and there is a bus stop very close to the Chateau on the Park.


If making a booking to stay at the Chateau on the Park please state that you are coming to Creative Fibre Festival as they have set aside some rooms for Festival participants.


At the Chateau on the Park, food and beverages bought from the Chateau on the Park in-house catering may be consumed on-site. Chateau on the Park has a lovely restaurant and coffee bar area available. Tea and coffee will also be available in the Christchurch Girls High Staff Room for participants attending the Workshops.


Behind the Scenes at Canterbury Museum

Thursday and Friday, 20-21 April: Small group visits to Canterbury Museum to view a range of textiles from their collection. These specially selected textiles will inspire and extend your thoughts on the creative use of fibre. Choose one of the following times:

Thursday 2.00pm – 3.00pm, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am – 10.30am, 11.00am – 12.00pm, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Charge $25 per person (includes $10 koha to the Museum)

A shuttle on Friday and Saturday will leave the Chateau on the Park for a visit to The Tannery. The Christchurch Guild rooms and also Wool Yarn Fibre shop are located here. There are many other boutique shops and restaurants in the Tannery complex. Cost to be advised. Tours city-wide and further afield are offered through the i-site office –


National Runway Show

The Grand Fashion parade will be held on Friday at 7.30pm. Come to celebrate the skills and talents of our fellow members, enjoy mid show entertainment and feel the excitement as the awards are presented at the end. Food and Beverages available to purchase. Get in quick as there are limited tickets.

Runway Categories

  • Wearable Art
  • Modern Fashion
  • Jerseys, Jerkins and Vests

Entries into the fashion parade will be eligible for the Creative Fibre Fashion awards and will be judged by a selection panel. Please remember that some awards require a full outfit entry. Get those ideas brewing and start creating now. Entry forms must be in by 8 March.

Download Fashion Entry Form, Conditions of Entry and Packing Slip

Group Runway Challenge

The Group Runway Challenge is a 12-month project that began with registration at Auckland Festival 2016. All Creative Fibre groups were invited to form teams to design and create an outfit for one of their team members to model at Canterbury Festival 2017. The garments will go down the runway at the Show on Saturday evening. Garments will be judged by a selection panel for the style and suitability of garment, design process, techniques, quality and fit of garment. Journals will be part of the judging process. This will be held on Saturday 7.00pm for 7.30pm with complimentary drink and nibbles.

Fashion Challenge

Medieval Sock Challenge – Bring out the socks! Send us your best interpretations of medieval socks and see them prance down the runway. This Category is not judged. Please note, if you wish to sell your socks, you will need to fill out the Fashion Entry form (see above). All Fashion Entry conditions apply.

National Exhibition

The National Exhibition showcases the best that Creative Fibre New Zealand has to offer. The exhibition opens in the Camelot Room, Chateau on the Park on Thursday 20 April immediately after the Opening Ceremony, and will run until the end of the Festival on April 23. All entries are eligible for the Creative Fibre National awards. Award winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremony. Floor Talks will be held from 10.00 – 11.00am on Friday 21 April and Saturday 22 April. Cost $10, maximum 20 people per session. The exhibition will be closed at these times. Please book on the registration form. See Entry Form and Conditions of Entry for full details. Entries may be collected after 4pm on Sunday 23 April when the Exhibition will be taken down.

Download Exhibition Entry Form, Conditions of Entry and Packing Slip

Canterbury Tapestry Challenge

For the upcoming Creative Fibre Festival ENTWINE in April 2017, the Christchurch Tapestry Group has decided to donate a cash prize of $100 for a tapestry. The criteria will be: the best interpretation of the word ENTWINE. It will be selected and judged as part of the Exhibition, so please complete the Exhibition Entry form (see above). All Exhibition Entry conditions apply.

The Trades Marketplace

Trades Times
Friday 21 April: 10.00am till 5.00pm
Saturday 22 April: 9.00am till 5.00pm
Sunday 23 April: 9.00am till 4.00pm

The Marketplace will be in the Christchurch Girls High Gymnasium across the road from the Chateau on the Park. We hope to have many of your favourite traders as well as some new ones who you may not have come across before. ATM available on site.

Traders: We still have a few spaces available – applications close 1 December 2016, unless we’re fully booked prior. If you would like to hire space, please contact our Marketplace Officer.

Workshops & Lectures

Yarn Warriors are pleased to present the schedule of workshops and lectures for Entwine Canterbury. Note that some workshops also have a materials cost, payable to the tutor. Be sure to check the Workshop Requirements list, and also look at the Tutor Profiles for a little more about our tutors and their work. If you have any questions about particular classes, please email us.


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