Spiral Studio Workshops
- Feltmaking – Basic, includes Colour Blending and Design
- Fleece Tapestry Technique
- 2 shaft weaving
- Inkle Braid Weaving
- Introduction to Weaving – basic skills, up to 6 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 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
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.
Kate (formerly Kate Buckthought) is a feltmaker, craft dyer and spinner who lives in North Canterbury. She has taught feltmaking to fibre groups throughout New Zealand.
After a (partial) break from woolcraft during which she studied and then taught photography at Otago Polytechnic, Kate has returned fulltime to dyeing, spinning and feltmaking with enthusiasm.
Kate has a particular interest in Wearable Art and garment design, and has had garments exhibited at Creative Fibre events and in shows such as the Hokonui Awards, WoW and Fibre and Fleece.
As well as the listed workshops, I’m happy to discuss any combinations or variations. I generally supply all fibre for felting workshops (at a discount); this is to make sure that there are no disasters caused by unsuitable fibre – I learned this from experience! I will advise fibre costs when you book a workshop.
Beginner’s Delight – Never done any felting? Learn about the properties of wool felt and nuno-felt; the best fibre to use; techniques, ways and means. Make a simple felt scarf. This is a starter workshop that should prepare new felters for any of the beyond beginners workshops I offer. ½ day.
Ir-resist-able – A little, fun workshop exploring the use of resists to create small bags, pockets and 3D surface design. This workshop is to build skills; expect to produce samples or small pieces. All skill levels: ½ day taster or 1 day.
Template of Doom – Making hats, bags and other warm lovelies using a template. Sampling your fibre to make accurate templates. Expect to produce at least one template-based item. Beyond beginners, 1 day.
Bag me up, Scottie! – A handsome tote bag over a template, using a woven technique. This is a full day’s work, requiring some finishing at home later. Illustrated instruction booklet included. Advanced, 1 day.
Scarves and Wraps
Stash to Treasure Using wools, yarns and fibres from your stash, make a light, airy, one-of-a-kind felted scarf. Fun for would-be felters, experienced felters and non-felters. All skill levels. ½ day
Wrap Up Warm Nuno scarf or wrap. Combine fabric and fine wool to create a sensuous, warm textile scarf or wrap. Explore how design can influence shape and texture. Best suited to beyond beginning felters, although keen beginners will enjoy the challenge! 1 day (depending on time, wrap may need to be completed at home).
Wool all around! Make a versatile circular scarf wrap for yourself from 100% wool, embellished any way you like! It’s easy to make and can be worn in a number of ways. (Just) beyond beginners, 1 day.
Boots and bootees
‘Potato’ baby bootees Simple (but cute!) baby slipper made over a potato. Intro to wet felting, then make a pair of bootees over a potato; these can be finished in a variety of ways. Beginners. ½ day.
‘Sandwich’ slippers Incorporates an introduction to wet felting over a template. Learn how to make an ankle-height or clog-style slipper on a template. Beginners, 1 day.
Boot Camp Short slipper boots made on a template. (Just) beyond beginners, 1 day.
Boot It To Me, Baby! Make a pair of shaped, soled felt slipper boots to your own requirements, with suggestions for finishing techniques. Advanced felting skills; hand sewing skills required to complete project. Beyond beginners, 1 day.
Anything from the simplest beanie to a sculptured wonder!
Ball Beanie. Simple beanie on a ball: the easiest hat to make, and can be decorated, shaped and generally tizzied-up. Beginners, ½ day.
Warm Toppers. Hat on a template: find out how to make a more elaborate hat in a brimmed or earflap style. Beyond beginners, 1 day.
Brim-tastic! Double-cap Hungarian style brimmed hat. Not for the fainthearted; this style of hat is quite physically taxing to make, but, following simple steps, it’s achievable for advanced felters. 1 day.
Hataganza! Using the template process, make a shaped hat that incorporates imaginative pzazz! Folds, pleats, protuberances – let’s get together and make some zany, fun hats – or elegant, chic hats with flair. For experienced felters who are afraid of nothing! 1 day, or could be extended into a fun weekend! From March 2013.
Waisted.1-2 days nuno-felt waistcoat or jacket with built-in fabric shaping. Make a one-off felt garment on cloth backing, fitted to your body. Design discussion, pattern making and production. If sewing machines are available, a more elaborate design method can be used, taking the workshop to 2 days. Beginners plus; previous experience with nuno-felting flat pieces is advised.
Seamless Jacket Construction 1 day: Make a completely seamless garment from 100% wool felt (not nuno). This workshop is for a mini garment – baby to toddler size, to demonstrate the techniques. Instruction includes method to upsize this to adult. Adult jacket workshop can be given – this will take 2 full days.
Although I am primarily a felter, I can and do teach spinning. I offer spinning workshops for those groups who might want to offer their members both technical areas from one tutor.
Get Twisted! How to use your wheel to get the optimum from your fibre. Explore ideas of twist per inch, z-twist, s-twist, end use of yarn and other mysteries such as Navajo plying. Fibre supplied. Beginners, 1 day.
Get Twisted II! Matching technique to fibre. Spinning several fibre types using differing preparation and draw styles to get the best out of each fibre. Expect to produce samples from wool of different types, carded and uncarded, as well as exotic fibres. Fibre supplied. Best for spinners who have a little control – beyond beginners. 1 day.
Art Yarn 101 + Get Batty! What makes an art yarn? What is art yarn good for anyway?
Incorporates: using your drum carder wisely; how to best combine fibres in a batt; spinning from batts. Bring your own fibres to combine into one-of-a-kind lovelies. Spin coiled yarns, supercoils, slubs, noils and neps, boucle, thick & thin. Uses of Art yarns.
1-2 days, depending on requirements of the group. The two parts can be taken independently as one-day workshops, or two shorter workshops can be given in the one day.
Photography for Craft
As a photographer, the question I most get asked is: “How can I take better photos of my work?” Well, it’s not rocket science – although it IS science, mostly.
- Photographing your craft work. Improve your understanding of photography: explore correct presentation, lighting, framing, exposure, uploading and resizing. Using a small point-and shoot camera, explore different ways of presenting your work. 1 day.
- 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
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)
Heartfelt Bernice Mitchell
I love working with wool and silk to create surprising and beautiful felt garments and accessories for women. Felt as a medium is so strong yet uniquely shape-able to create form without sewing. I enjoy using the creativity that God has placed within me to express the colours and textures of His creation into fashion art, which is both practical and fun for women to wear.
I also love to teach, to inspire and encourage others to explore their own creativity and develop their skills in felt making.
Having attended workshops both in NZ and overseas, run by NZ and International tutors covering a wide range of styles and techniques I feel competent to teach others how to make well-constructed, high quality felt garments and accessories.
- Nuno Felt Waistcoats/Long Vests
- Nuno Felt Tunic including Godets
- Nuno Felt Tunic with Surface Embellishment Design
- Nuno Felt Short or 3/4 Jacket
- Nuno Felt & Eco Printed Scarves
- 20″ Square workshop creating multiple accessories
- Felt Accessories including Hats, Mitts, Brooches, Necklaces,
- Shibori Felt Yoke/Necklace
- Hot Water Bottle Cover or Tea Cosy
- Felt Bag or Cushion Cover
- Beginners Felt Class
- Sheer Vest/Shawl with Painted Silk Flowers
- Wild Fibres Surface Textures Shawl Collar
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
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
Shona Schofield is passionate about fibres and textiles. She enjoys many fibre related arts, dyeing, spinning and feltmaking. One reason for her business, Felt and Fibre which was started in 1999. Her biggest love is designing, producing and wearing her unique handmade felt creations. Attending many other tutors, from NZ and overseas, since she first joined Creative Fibre in 1991, Shona has developed techniques to create unique textiles.
Shona has exhibited her felt designs in fashion parades, shops and galleries in New Zealand and Australia. Winning many awards including twice winning the National Creative Fibre Fashion Parade Supreme Award. Shona feels she is always learning and loves to inspire others in the workshops tutors.
All aspects of feltmaking:
- Beginners to Advanced
- 3D, Bags, Hats
- Surface Design
- Nuno felt
- Designer garments
- Silk papermaking
1984, spinning was her first love, turning the property fleeces into yarn, dyeing them, trying weaving, knitting always, crocheting for a change. Karen now creates beautifully tactile original felted works. She is passionate about colour, recycling. eco-dyeing, and sharing her knowledge.
- Felting – basics and beyond
- Felt making – hats and bags
- Felt a nuno scarf with silk and merino