Flax weaving workshops

1 day flax weaving workshop in Christchurch

10 am to 3.30 pm, Sunday 25th February 2018

Raising funds for charity through Tutoring for Charity Trust

Belfast Community Network,
Sheldon Park, Main North Rd, Belfast, Christchurch

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In this workshop you will learn to weave:
A small 2-cornered basket, or kete, using traditional weaving techniques, similar to the smaller baskets in the front of the second image on this page. This is a versatile basic technique which can be used for a number of different projects. Alternatively, you can learn how to weave a large container, or waikawa, similar to the larger baskets in the third image on this page, using a different weaving technique that uses the whole flax leaf. Some people manage to weave both! There is also the opportunity to learn to weave a couple of the simpler flax flowers.

To secure your place in the workshop, please contact me by email or phone to ensure there is an available place and then direct credit your payment into the bank account Westpac 03-0674-0029969-00. The price is $80 per person for the one-day workshop. I'll confirm your place on receipt of the payment. Contact me by email or phone if you have any queries. There is a limit of 12 people per workshop. There are three places left as at 14-2-2018.

Bring 20 long, clean and healthy flax leaves from Phormium tenax flax bushes. Coloured leaves are also attractive for flowers. Instructions for gathering the flax leaves are here. Please contact me if you have difficulty sourcing flax leaves. I supply the tools.

Bring your own lunch and a cushion to sit on, paper and pen to take notes and some cash if you'd like to purchase my books.

Examples of some of the workshops I’ve run
in Christchurch and elsewhere

Tutoring on behalf of Tutoring for Charity Trust, I have held half-day and full-day workshops raising funds for Catapult Employment Services Trust

Charity workshop at Sefton Hall
This workshop was held to raise funds for my 92 year-old stepmother's only grand-daughter, who has just experienced a deep personal loss, to return to New Zealand from the UK and spend some time with her grandmother. We raised over $1,000.

Examples of other workshops I’ve held:
• 2-day workshop for children at Camp Quality 2015
• Weekend workshop on Waikawa Marae 2012
• 2-day workshop in Hanmer for the Amuri Autumn School
• 2 short presentations on flax basket-weaving for the 2012 Creative Fibre Festival
• 1-day workshops in Waikuku for Waikuku Artists Inc
• A series of workshops in Norfolk Island for the Norfolk Island Community Arts Society
• 2-day workshop in Methven for the Methven Summer School
• 2-day workshop in Mount Somers at the Minerals to Art Festival
• 2-day workshop in Queenstown for the Queenstown Art Society
• 2-day weekend workshops in the Christchurch Arts Centre
• A team-building workshop for an insurance company
• 1-day workshop for a Floral Art Group
• A series of creativity workshops in a primary school for an art/craft module
• Short workshops in the Christchurch City Council’s Kidsfest holiday programmes
• Children’s workshops in holiday programmes for OSCAR and primary schools
• A co-operative flax weaving project for the delegates at the national OSCAR conference