Story from Kapi-Mana News, February 25, 2014

Spinning: Gear Woolshed Fibrecrafts member Billee Mutton on her spinning wheel last week. Photo and story by Kris Dando.

Fibrecraft group relishing return Woolshed quake-ticked

The Gear Woolshed Fibrecrafts folk are back in their woolshed.

The group spent the past few months meeting in each others' homes and at Mana Arts Society's building next to Plimmerton Domain.

That came after the Gear Woolshed, former stables to the nearby Homestead, was flaggad as an earthquake risk by owners Porirua City Council in late 2012.

Kapiti Camera Club, Woolshed Potters and Attic Artists also had to find new homes until the strengthening work on both floors was completed. It took 10 weeks and cost $160,000.

"We're really happy to have this space back and there's been so many improvements, like insulation," club smember Kathy McLauchlan said. "It's a place we share ideas, and help each other improve."

In a creative environment, members spin, felt, weave, knit, dye and crochet, Ms McLauchlan said. Books and the internet will get people so far, but the group's meetings had both a social and learning atmosphere, she said. The club was always keen to find new members.

"In this club there is talent and expertise [in fibrecraft] and I'd hate to see that die because people didn't know we are here."

Gear Woolshed Fibrecrafts meet Mondays and Thursdays from 10am till noon and from 7pm on Wednesday nights.


Gear Woolshed Fibrecrafts Group

GWF are an enthusiastic group bringing a modern and vibrant slant to fibre handicrafts. They meet upstairs in the recently refurbished Woolshed and are nurtured by its creative atmosphere, located as it is in the grounds of Gear Homestead.

Members felt, spin, weave, knit, dye and crochet. They meet on Mondays, Thursdays and every second Wednesday evening and welcome new members.

Enquiries: Phone Dorothy 233 1346 or Kathy 239 9851

Gear Woolshed Fibrecrafts are hosting a “Fibre Fayre” on Saturday 8 March at The Anchor Church, 1 Joseph Banks Drive, Whitby from 10am to 3pm, $5 entry, where there will be demonstrations, traders, raffles, displays, etc and invite you to “come and have a go”

Coming in March:

Fibre Fayre, Saturday 8 March at The Anchor Church, 1 Joseph Banks Drive, Whitby, 10am – 3pm: demonstrations, traders, raffles, displays …. Felting, weaving, spinning, etc using fibre -$5 entry Come along, have a go!!! Organised by Gear Woolshed Fibrecrafts Group

Last Updated: 24/02/2014 9:46pm