In my early twenties, I was introduced to weaving in the Netherlands. It was ‘love at first sight’. I knew that one day, I would get back to weaving. In 1966 I came to New Zealand and married a sheep farmer. After some years of sharemilking in the Waikato we moved to a fairly isolated farm in the King Country with 4 young children.
Although life was busy, I had a strong need to do something for myself. Weaving was the obvious choice. I could do it at home, and was available when needed on the farm. There was an excellent weaver in my area, willing to teach me. I was very fortunate to participate in the last weaving course at the Nelson Polytechnic. I did 4 units by correspondence through ASTU to gain my Adult Teachers Certificate. With further workshops and courses, and gradually building up a good weaving library, I extended my knowledge.
I love working with colour and the loom is my tool to combine colours, making something beautiful. I have to work within restraints of the loom, and that also provides me with a challenge. A good knowledge of what can and can’t be done is essential in whatever one does. One has to know the basic ‘rules’, before trying to alter them, and ultimately play! Once the designing is done and the weaving starts, I enjoy the rhythm of weaving. I feel as if I am part of the loom, and the loom is part of me.
- Weaving for All – Different Levels & Different Techniques
- 2 x 4 = More Fun
- Project Planning and Pattern Drafting
I became involved with the felt medium 15 years ago after a long background of spinning and weaving. The ‘one-off’ nature of felting, together with the opportunity it offers for creative and innovative design and technique I found to be extremely addictive. I am particularly interested in the potential of felt to inject a new dimension in to high quality fashion garments and accessories.
Over the past 6 years, tutoring has played a major role in my life. Students love the instant rewards that felt offers – the surprise and excitement that they have created for themselves. In 2004 I opened a Felt Textile Gallery in Te Aroha where I have my studio and also run regular workshops. Since 2004 I have also been tutoring in Australia on a regular basis teaching beginners through to experienced felters. I enjoy the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills of felting and hope to continue to do so in the future both in New Zealand and further afield.
- Feltmaking from the beginner to the more advanced plus designing, making, fitting and finishing felted garments.
- A large moulded felted bag will be decorated with textured prefelts to create a very individual design.
1 Day Workshops
Felting Techniques & Tips
Two classes available – 1 for beginner felters and 1 for advanced felters
Students will create a Felt Dictionary which incorporates many different surface and 3D embellishments.
Using the resist method of felting students will learn techniques which can lead them to create hats, bags, boots or sculptures.
Blend a Fabric
This is a very different way of layering colour, fabrics, yarns to create a very textured piece of fabric which can be used in a garment, accessory or wall hanging
Cobweb Felt Wrap and Flower
Students will learn to lay out 1 fine single layer of wool to create a luxurious wrap which will be fastened with a fun flower broach.
Felted Lattice Techniques
Students will learn a number of different styles of felted lattice to create a wrap or scarf.
Felted Pocket Bag
This involves straight techniques incorporating a number of different sized pockets to create a very useful decorative bag.
2 Day Workshops
- Felted Mosaic Bags
- Felted Flower Cushion, using 3D techniques students will create an amazing flower cushion
- 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