Creative Woolcraft Workshops

Woolcraft WorkshopCreative Woolcraft Workshops are an opportunity for you to try your hand at creative fibrecraft, including dyeing, spinning, weaving and felting. Four half-day workshops are scheduled each weekend of the programme. These small group workshops are friendly, supportive, and facilitated by tutors with extensive fibrecraft and teaching experience. You can pick and chose which workshops you want to take, and are rewarded with a discount for attending multiple workshops.

Workshops take place at Fleecewood Farm, where you can meet the sheep, and follow the journey from sheep’s back to finished product. The Summer weekend workshops programme for 2018 runs every weekend from January to March, except for and  February, and  March. Please email to request special workshops or mentoring.

This year we are not scheduling regular workshops over Winter, but please contact us if you’d like a workshop outside of the scheduled times.

One-to-one mentoring, other topics, and more advanced classes are designed around participants’ specific interests, and are scheduled to suit. If you don’t see what you’d like to learn, experience or experiment with, please let us know.

Booking a Workshop
Please use the booking form to book your place in a scheduled workshop. We will contact you back to confirm availability and send an invoice. The booking will be confirmed once full payment is received. Payment options include internet banking, Paypal or other methods by negotiation. Bookings can also be made by phone or email. Please speak clearly and repeat your phone number if you need to leave a message.

Rainbow Dying

Rainbow DyingStart with lustrous locks of English Leicester fleece, just as it was shorn from the sheep. Follow the journey from sheep to gorgeous curly locks of wool dyed a rainbow of glowing colours.

Arrange the dyed locks in a display box to admire your handiwork, or chose to use the dyed locks in another workshop, and spin them into yarn, incorporate into weaving or use them to embellish felt.

Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm

Cost: NZ $75 per person  Booking Form

Fee includes all supplies and equipment needed, as well as morning tea.

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Making Felt Balls

Felt BallsUsing pure New Zealand wool, soap and water, experience the ancient art of felt-making to create solid felt balls. Create soft or hard felt balls that make great children’s toys, stress and juggling balls, paperweights and pin cushions, ornaments, decorations, and more.

Create your own unique designs for each ball using felting needles to attach coloured fleece and yarn. Balls can be strung together to make more detailed toys, or hung to create a mobile.

Saturdays 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: NZ $75 per person   Booking Form

The fee covers all supplies and equipment needed, as well as afternoon tea.

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Spinning Yarns

Spinning YarnsFollow the story from sheep’s back to your own spun yarn.

Meet the sheep. Experience the feel of “raw” wool. Then create a yarn using just your fingers. Progress to spinning a single thread using a simple spindle, then ply the thread to give a yarn with strength and balance. If you master this, try your hand at using one of several spinning wheels. (If you can already use a spinning wheel, there is the opportunity to experiement with more advanced techniques).

You’ll also prepare wool for spinning, make a skein from the yarn you’ve spun, and set the twist so your yarn is balanced and easy to use.

Sundays 10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost: NZ $75 per person   Booking Form
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Dream Weaving

Dream WeavingStart with funky, hand-dyed yarn and a simple diagonal weaving board.

Using a single continuous yarn, create several coster-sized mats displaying a stunning mesh of colour.

You’ll also learn how to quickly join squares together to create larger pieces of fabric suitable for making bags, hats, cushions and rugs.

Take away your own unique, New Zealand souvenir, or use as gifts.

This simple weaving technique is ideal for travelling. The equipment fits into the palm of your hand, and the weaving can be picked up or put down at any stage of the work.

Sundays 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: NZ $75 per person  Booking Form

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Other workshops

Many other workshops and mentoring opportunities are offered depending on demand, including

– More Advanced techniques and projects
– Knitting, rug making and felt sculpture
– Workshops for children
– Creative team building opportunities

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