Laurel is a knit designer and fibre artist. She is a featured artist in Anne Packers book STITCH. Also featured in House and Garden Jan 2004 as well as many other magazine and newspaper articles. Laurel runs a home-based business and is on the HB arts Trail. Laurel’s main passion is machine knitting but is continually learning new craft techniques and applying them to her knitting. She has a passion for colour and loves to create one off designs.
Laurel takes knitting and craft beyond the norm creating pieces for interior design including wall hangings and whimsical chairs and beaded jewelry as well as fashion pieces. Laurel is a national judge for machine knitters and an international and national tutor. She has taught at retreats in Texas, San Diego, and Los Angeles as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand. Laurel loves to enter competitions to provide that impetus to create something extra special and has had considerable success over the years.
- Design – from inspiration to completion.
- Working without patterns.
- Machine Knit – all levels
- Fabric Beads – creative ideas and jewellery making
- Beading Techniques – crochet, knit and more.
- Make your own jewellery and embellishing ideas
- Originally Yours – adding a creative touch and thinking outside the square
- Creative Fabrics – some different ways of making your own fabric
- 1/2 Day Classes:
- Flax Weaving For Beginners
- Expanding Your Creative Response: Telling Your Own Story
- Full Day Classes
- The Art Of Paper Making
- Tapestry By Design: Sharpen and Expand on Design Ideas
- Free Form Tapestry Weaving
Taught to knit at the age of four by a very patient grandma I have been a passionate knitter ever since. I have been spinning, weaving and dyeing since the mid ‘70s and also felt and embroider. Early retirement from teaching secondary school English gave me the opportunity to devote myself to woolcraft fulltime. I was a co-manager of Wool Yarns and Fibres in the Arts Centre in Christchurch and have recently been Canterbury Area delegate and National Education convenor.
This 3 hour class aims to teach knitters how to give their handcrafted garments a professional finish. Participants learn different methods of casting on and off, grafting, perfect buttonholes, clever picking up techniques etc. A full set of notes is included.
A 3 hour class. Learn how to knit garments with no sewing up – ideal for handspun and hand dyed yarns. Participants practise on a hat. A full set of notes is included.
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 8-shaft jack loom in the morning and on the rug loom in the afternoon.
- Design – 8 x 2 hour lessons OR 2 x 6 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
- Patchwork knitting. Interlocking squares to build up a shape (3 hours)
- Embellishments. Use up those pretty scraps in interesting ways. (3 hours)
- Edgings with a Difference (3 hours)
- Covering wheel care, Fleece selection, Fleece preparation, worsted and woollen spinning, washing and a brief outline of how to use handspun yarns. 10/12 hours
- Using a hackle: Preparing fibres for semi worsted spinning, blending fibres and colours. 3 hours.
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.
Silk historian, author of two books on the Secrets of Silk, lecturer on the history of silk, embroidery, silk producing countries, Silk Road, medieval spinners, dyers and weavers, fashion.
- Lecture on Medieval History at Auckland University
- Working with silk
- Identification and care of silk fabrics
- Lots of fun projects based around silk
- Knitting in all Directions — Knitting doesn’t have to start at the bottom and proceed straight up to the top.
- Dimensional Knitting — Adding 3D features to the knitting eg bobbles, flaps and snakes
- Beginning Entrelac Knitting
- Exploring Entrelac Knitting — Follow on from the beginners class
- Patchwork Knitting (aka Domino Knitting) Introducing the basics of patchwork or modular knitting. Mitred squares, joining as you go.
- Tips and Tricks for Knitters – various techniques and tips. Can incorporate student requests for ‘how do I..?’
- Mosaic Knitting – fair isle effect using one colour at a time.
- Getting Edgy – easy edges/borders/trims
- Finishing your knits – seams etc
- Short rows – uses and techniques
- Introduction to Lace Knitting – includes reading charts
- Introduction to Double Knitting – single colour hollow tubes and two colour reversible knits
- Introduction to Tunisian Crochet
Angela tutors feltmaking processes and design, from dyeing the materials through to samples exploring colour and design layering, to garment or art piece planning and making considerations. Her classes are limited to 10 people maximum, often fewer, and the content is adjusted to the participants and the time and space available. Her main fascination is the layering of colour and texture, and starting students on their own voyage of discovery and creative expression. She also stitches, and paints on layers of applied texture on canvas. She used to weave, and still spins for her own enjoyment and use! http://www.art2enjoy.co.nz shows cv and course information, and the work by her and her sister, and http://www.art2enjoy.blogspot.com shares the work of their students and tutoring activities as well.
- Dyeing (wool, silk, cotton, including wax resist and other techniques)
- Felt making: from wool to stitching and making, including nuno, hats and art pieces
- Mixed media options
(Will travel to run classes)
I have been working with textiles for more than 30 years now, regularly exhibiting and teaching around New Zealand, and more recently in Australia, Britain and the United States. My work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, America, and Japan, and has gained a number of national awards. In my stitched work, I combine a wide range of cloth, also paper, print and found objects, to convey an idea or feeling. Another passion is handmade books and journals. My books and textiles share a natural affinity, in material and concept, tactile experience, and use of visual language.
- Surface Tension
- Needle Felting Surfaces for Stitch
- Make Your Mark
- Where Do You Start?
- Fabulous Fabric Covered Journal
See website for details, images, and information.