Workshops

The 2019 festival is complete and we are now working on our 2020 event!

 

We have an amazing amount of workshops on offer at each festival that you get to select from and you can choose any four you would like to attend during the weekend.  

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The workshop list below is from our 2019 event and is displayed as an example of what was on offer last year.  We will be updating our new workshop schedule in the next few months.

Basketry

 

Boulder Basket

Presented by Harriet Goodall

Make a curved basket with a twined start and rope-waled sides. We will use foraged bark-dye and a mineral stain to transform it to a deep granite grey. Harriet will then help you treat your basket with a beeswax and a natural eucalyptus or driftwood handle.

This is a 2 x Session Workshop

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Fish Trap Lamp Shade

Presented by Harriet Goodall

Starting with string making from plant fibres, this class will move on to using flat material to create a twined fish-trap which you can hang in your home as a lampshade. Electrical elements not supplied.

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Bangalow Weave

Presented by Anaheke Metua

Bangalow Weave is order and chaos in a basket. It's evolved within my practice and from within my bloodlines. Learn to harvest, prepare and weave Bangalow Palm (inflorescence) into a flexible interlocking fabric of fibres strong enough to sculpt into a very beautiful & multifunctional vessel.

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Contemporary Cane Baskets

Presented by Ron and Cathie Twaddle

In this workshop you will make a contemporary basket using cane materials, taking advantage of the adaptability and versatility for which cane is renowned. You will learn several techniques to shape a basket artistically incorporating various weaves to give form and texture, and colour for emphasis.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am

Saturday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Simple Pleasures Basketry

Presented by Zimmi Forest

Do you know the difference between basket making and basket weaving? In this workshop you learn & create both...Two beautiful baskets completed in one class. Experience the simplicity of these techniques so you can whip up a gift anytime.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Saturday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Weave a Konae

Presented by Missy Campbell

You will learn to weave a Konae (pop up kete/bag) with Harakeke (flax) to keep your precious taonga (treasure).

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Coiled Basketry

Presented by Trudi Nisbet

In this workshop have fun learning the basic fundamentals of coiled basketry: beginning, forming and finishing. Trudi will guide you with your choice of colours and mixed fibres to create a small vessel or wall piece. Discover why so many find basketry weaving good for the heart, head and hands.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Weaving

 

Wish Upon a Jellyfish

Presented by Aly de Groot

Did you know that the collective word for jellyfish is a ‘smack’? Jellyfish are plaguing oceans worldwide. Creatively come together with other curious crafters to tackle this ecological imbalance and weave the change you want to see using the twining basket making technique along with fishing-line and other recycled materials to weave a jellyfish.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Ghost Net Turtle Weaving

Presented by Aly de Groot

Weave and manifest your hopes and dreams for positive change using ghost nets as well as other recycled man-made marine debris. Ghost nets are the refuse from fishing vessels from throughout the world, washing up on our beaches and bringing with them much of our marine life, including turtles. Use ghost nets and other recycled materials along with the coil stitching basketry technique to make your own small turtle.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Porowhita (Circle)

Presented by Lisa Harding

In this workshop, you will learn how to create an abstract wall art piece using Harakeke (Flax). You will learn a basic over one under one weave and a technique used to add additional strands create a beautiful Porowhita (circle) shape. Each person will walk away with an individual art piece, large enough to learn the techniques and small enough to take away with you.

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Tī kōuka Mat

Presented by Juliet Arnott

This workshop enables you to learn to use tī kōuka or cabbage tree leaves to weave a mat. This involves a basic round weave that is a great starting point for a variety of other projects. This technique can be used with many different plant fibres & other materials.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am

Coconut Palm Leaf

Presented by Melaine Weaver

Learn how to prepare and weave a hat from a coconut palm leaf.  Also, learn about the traditional processes and protocol for collecting the leaves sustainably. 

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Saturday, 2pm

String and knottless Netting

Presented by Trudi Nisbet

In this workshop you will learn to make string using Gymea Lily leaves. Trudi will share how to harvest and prepare the leaves and how this process can be applied to other plants. Trudi will then guide you through the process of beginning a knottless netted string bag.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Chunky Circular Wall Weave

Presented by Fi Flohr

In this workshop you will learn how to create your own Chunky Circular Wall Weave.You will have a choice of different fibres to create with and I will teach you different weaving techniques as well as how to warp your own ring loom.

As seen in Indie Road

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Tapestry Weaving

Presented by Gemma Hicks

During this workshop you will learn the basics of tapestry weaving. With hands on demonstrations, learn how to: warp a loom, basic weaving stitch, fringeing, soumak stitch and how to finish your weave and take it off the loom to hang. We will also discuss basic design processes, where to find inspiration and how to find your own unique style.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Saturday, 8:30am

Saturday, 2pm

Raffia Wall Art

Presented by Fi Flohr

Learn how to create your own Raffia Wall Art.  In this workshop we get to play and create with Raffia and Jute. I will teach you some interesting knotting and we can collect different fibres to attach to your wall hangers to let them speak to your own hearts.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am

Kupenga- Bottle Holder

Presented by Corabelle Summerton

Bring along your own bottle and create not only a stylish but practical bottle holder made of Harakeke (NZ Flax). Learn all the techniques to create your kupenga. This incluedes basic raranga (weaving), whiri (plaiting), whatu and more.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Sunday, 8:30am

Traditional Poi & Waiata

Presented by Corabelle Summerton

Learn the art of Poi making. Come and learn the traditional methods used to create Pui Poi. Learn how to bind feathers, plait cord, learn a new waiata (maori song) and enjoy great company.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am

Tī kōuka Coil & Meditation

Presented by Juliet Arnott

Weave a vessel using natural materials and discuss ethically sourcing these for coil basket making.  Together you will learn the meditative process of coil stitching and enjoy seeing a beautiful form emerge. 

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Sunday, 8:30am

Macrame

Macrame

 

Kokedama

Micromacrame Pendant & Butterfly

Presented by Carmen Taylor

Learn many macrame knotting techniques, as well as adding in thread colours, with making a classic micromacrame pendant with slider necklace strap. Butterfly can be made into hairclip, anklet or bracelet with endless colour possibilities.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Micromacrame Owl & Butterfly

Presented by Carmen Taylor

Immerse yourself in animal spirit wisdom as you knot these designs into life with endless colour options. The Owl includes adding beads & perch to the design. The Butterfly can be made into hairclip, anklet or bracelet.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Sunday, 8:30am

Stitch

 

Slow Mindful Stitching

Presented by Ellie Beck

This process-led craft can become a new mindfulness in your daily creative practice. Slow Stitching brings us back to our ancestors, allowing our minds space to rest while using our hands & heart. You’ll learn beautiful stitches, and become immersed in creating a keepsake cloth bag or pouch, using botanically dyed & vintage fabrics & threads.

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Introduction to Tunisian crochet

Presented by Samantha Taylor

Tunisian crochet is often described as a cross between knitting and crochet where stitches are held and worked from a long crochet hook similar to a knitting needle. It can be a very calming craft. This workshop will cover the basics and the skills and techniques needed to create a face washer.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Wear your crochet square

Presented by Samantha Taylor

This workshop introduces 3 new crochet squares designed exclusively for Fibre Arts Festival 2019. Participants will be shown ways in which the motifs can be used as beautiful wardrobe accessories. The motifs are designed for beginners through to advanced crocheters and all are complimentary and can be mixed together.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Crochet flowers to wear and share

Presented by Samantha Taylor

This workshop introduces participants to some beautiful flower motifs that can be used to embellish clothing, as jewellery or as a gift for someone special. Participants will make a variety of floral motifs and will be shown how to incorporate them onto clothing or into a chain to wear as a lovely accessory.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Sunday, 8:30am

Threaded Hitomezashi

Presented by Vicki Cornish

Learn to stitch two threaded hitomezashi (one stitch) patterns using a long sashiko needle and Japanese thimble. Stitching technique and pattern transferring will be covered, then participants will explore a colourful range of plant dyed threads and fabrics to give their work a contemporary edge.

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Wool

 

'My journey, my story' - cushion masterclass

Presented by Zetta Kanta

In this masterclass we will design, felt and create actual cushion with backing and insert. Front panel will be designed using silk, raw fleeces and wool. You will learn the art of felting , intuitive decorating and slow stitch. This will be your story told by you.

This is a 2 x Session Workshop

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am & Saturday, 2pm

"Fibre Moth' - brooch, textile sculpture

Presented by Zetta Kanta

In this workshop you will create hand felted wings and hand stitched body of the fibre moth. You will learn how to use raw fibres, manipulate silk and hand stitch 3D form to achieve final result. Each piece is organically formed and created by the art of slow stitch.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Felt Nest

Presented by Jess Forster

In this workshop, participants will learn about the unique properties of wool and its abilities in creating felt sculpture. Each person will create a wet-felted ‘Nest’ (bowl) using ethically sourced sheep wool and other natural fibres.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Felt Good

Tapestry Artwork 

Presented by Jess Forster

In this workshop, participants will learn about the unique properties of natural fibres in their unlimited possibilities in creating art. This workshop focuses on creating both two-dimensional and three-dimensional texture. All participants will use their newly discovered wet-felting skills and creative flair to create a felt tapestry artwork.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Sacred Sister Circle

Presented by Arzu Ünel-Cleary

Working with hand-dyed wool fibres and beautiful stitches, represent your journey as Woman with this storytelling centrepiece. A simple structure to assemble offering limitless creative expression. Explore different life-stages, connection to ancestors and community. A felting needle will make embellishment effortless and very rewarding.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Needle Felt a Toadstool

Presented by Arzu Ünel-Cleary

Transform humble sheep's fleece into a soft-sculpture with the gentle art of needle felting. Learn how to create organic flowing form, blend your own unique colours, connect parts and good needle technique. Your finished artwork will be mounted on wood.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

The Art of Arm Knitting

Presented by Ceri Muter

At this workshop, you will learn how to knit using only your arms. Making your own fashionable scarf using thick, cosy yarn in a design and colour of your choice. You’ll learn the knit and purl stitches and we’ll work through a pattern of how to arm knit a blanket.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Saturday, 8:30am

Saturday, 2pm

Mayan Spinning

Presented by Vicki Cornish

This is a fun introduction to spinning for anyone who has considered making their own yarn. Mayan Spinners are robust, portable and easy to use tools. Learn all the basic spinning skills, then explore a range of fibres to create your own unique yarn. Spinners will be available to purchase.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Dyeing

 

Organic Indigo Dyeing & Shibori Design

Presented by Victoria Larnach

Working with the alchemy of nature, you will learn to create with the oldest natural plant dye in the world, indigo, as you design various shibori techniques and immerse your hands in this beautiful and unique BLUE.

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Botanical Alchemy

Presented by Abi Fincham

Get messy with Mother Nature and unearth the art of bundle dyeing. Using botanicals and food waste to produce pattern and pigment on natural fibres. We will create a unique silk scarf and play with the magic of alchemy, using natural pH modifiers to explore a rainbow of possibilities.

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Botanical Dyeing - Extraction Method

Presented by Sue Connor

Be introduced to the magic and beauty of natural dyeing. Learn which plants and kitchen waste can be used, how to effectively mordant protein and cellulose fibres and the technique of extraction dyeing. Receive 50 grams of pure wool yarn as well as a selection of cotton yarns and linen, cotton and silk fabric to experiment with.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Saturday, 8:30am

Sunday, 8:30am

Jewellery

 

Wrap a Cabochon

Presented by Carmen Taylor

Learn to wrap a flat gemstone to make a pendant with bail & slider necklace strap. A basic bracelet design is also included. Learn tips & tricks of the trade from many years of expertise and learn crystal meanings & energies.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am

 

Print

Collecting and Connecting with Cyanotype

Presented by Aly de Groot

Cyanotype (sun printing) is an alternative photographic process invented by John Herschel in the early 1800s. Cyanotype involves placing objects on paper or fabric coated with light-sensitive chemistry and then left briefly in sunlight for exposure. Botanists recognised the usefulness of the cyanotype technique for recording the details of plant species. Learn cyanotype processes and produce a series of prints on paper and fabric, using gathered items found on site and hand-woven objects made in the class.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Saturday, 8:30am

(SOLD OUT)

Botanical Inks & Plant Brushes

Presented by Ellie Beck

Learn to make ink & paintbrushes using plants from our landscape. Play with instinctual mark-making on fabric or paper, and explore a new way to tap into your quiet creative muse. This unexpected, fun process can help you unlock blocks or guide you along new creative paths.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

Sunday, 8:30am

Experiences

 

Bush Walk: Connection to Country

Presented by Lyndon Davis

Lyndon will introduce you to local Aboriginal Culture with local storytelling, Aboriginal Dreaming connections between Landscape, flora and fauna. He will also discuss Indigenous land care and caring for Country, hunting and gathering techniques, environment as well as sustainability of natural resources.

WORKSHOP TIMES:

Friday, 2pm

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