Spiral Studio Workshops
- Feltmaking – basic, includes colour blending and design
- Fleece tapestry technique
- Two-shaft weaving
- Inkle braid weaving
- Introduction to weaving – basic skills, up to six-shaft
- Specific techniques for various projects, includes nuno and hatmaking
I have been weaving for almost 30 years and knitting from the age of 4 – even longer! These days I am happiest when seated at a loom, although I still knit as a hobby. Some years ago I went to Unitec to complete a Diploma of Design in the then existing Craft School. The three years then extended to four and I emerged with a Design Degree eager to set up my own studio. I now split my time between weaving and teaching and love every minute.
I’ve been concentrating on weaving flat weave floor rugs for the last three or four years, but in the last year I’ve been playing around again with small pieces of fabric. I often weave on my eight-shaft jack loom in the morning and on the rug loom in the afternoon.
- Design – 8 x two-hour lessons, or 2 x six-hour lessons
- Drawing for Non Drawers
- Drawing as a Springboard for Design
- Using Abstraction to Help Design
Classes tailored to individual/group requirements.
- Growing good wool for handcraft use
- Selection and preparation of wool for handcraft use
- ‘Adventures with Wool’ (on farm workshop)
- Dyeing and use of colour
- Knitting and knitting without a pattern
- Diagonal weaving
- Basic weaving
- Needle felting
- Wet felting
- Rug hooking
I learned to knit as a child and was lucky to attend a school that had rigid heddle box looms and really enjoyed weaving. I later learned to crochet, tatt and macramé but it was when my lounge suite needed recovering and I found NZSWWS in 1972 that my crafts flourished. I availed myself of many workshops to hone my skills in spinning, weaving and dyeing and made many lasting friendships. In the 1990’s I learned locker hooking, pine needle weaving, needle woven beadwork and embroidery, felting and latterly kumihimo Japanese braiding. It is now very gratifying to share the different facets of these skills in various workshops tailored to requests.
- Bead weaving
- Beginner Kumihimo
- Crochet including Tunisian
- Diagonal weaving
- Dorset buttons
- Felting including nuno and lace felt
- Inkle Weaving
- Locker Hooking
- Navajo and bead crochet
- Needlewoven beadwork
- Pine Needlework
German-born New Zealand-based artist Christine Keller positions her work between textile design, contemporary art, new media research and innovation. She is interested in the clash of tradition and new technologies, and its social and political implications. As a result of her involvement with the international textiles community she has been living away from her home country for over eleven years. Her work has been exhibited internationally and was featured in the publications, Techno Textiles 1 and 2 (1998, 2005). She is an award winning designer, especially for her woven and felted design work for the Handweberei im Rosenwinkel (1998-2001) in Germany. Since 1994 she has been involved with the Centre for Contemporary Textiles in Montreal Canada.
Christine Keller holds a MFA from Concordia University (2004) and a Dipl. Des from Gesamthochschule Kassel (1993), and has taught Textile Design, Weaving and Fine Arts in Germany, Mongolia, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. July 2005 to December 2010 she was Academic Leader of the Textile Section at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, on the South Island of New Zealand. Presently she works freelance in her studio in New Zealand.Tutor will travel for group or multiday classes.
Education: Hand weaving apprenticeship in Hamburg, Germany; Degree in Textile Design with lots of hand on experience, Kassel, Germany; Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from Concordia University in Montreal. Textile professional since 1985, teaching experience since 1994.
- Multishaft weaving 4 – 16 shafts & dobby weaving
- Computer assisted weaving
- Production weaving
- Beginner weaving
- Surface design
- Screen printing with free and stencil techniques including mono printing
- Burnout (devore), bleach and discharge
- Photo stencil including making your own screens at home
- Photo stencil with four colour separation (advanced)
- Warp painting and printing techniques including basic ikat (different procedures for different fibres)
- Beginner felting
- Experimental fulling of bought and constructed fabrics
- Nuno felt
- Hand knitting German style
- Transfer printing onto polyester and nylon
- Heat setting of synthetic fabrics
- Basic shibori
- Basic dyeing
- Natural dyeing
- Percentage dyeing (advanced) for wool, silk, plant fibres, nylon, understanding the chemistry of those fibres to be able to choose the right ones for your projects
I can take on private students for those who want to develop their design or art making skills. (Packages of 8 one hour consultations, for distance to be arranged by Skype or phone). I am interested in forming a group of students in the Dunedin area. Please contact me and let me know your needs.
- One Warp: unlimited variations what every weaver dreams of, a method of varying the weaving on a twill draft to obtain up to 50 different effects
- Colourful Overshot: multicolour weaving of an old favourite and bringing it right up to the present, for both 4 and 8 shafts and including original drafts
- Colour in Weave: for 2, 4, 8 and 16 shafts taking a traditional pattern and bringing it alive with colour
- Lace on Linen: how to weave a special piece of fabric and finish it off to exhibition standard
- Mentoring for Beginners
- Yarn information