New Zealand

So, I’m here in New Zealand. I’ve toured around a bit. Beautiful country. Mountains, valleys, and seaside.Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 19.43.06 Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 19.42.51

he beach at Piha, near Auckland

The beach at Piha, near Auckland

A nature preserve in an old water reservoir.

A nature preserve in an old water reservoir near Wellington.

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Some Kiwis are quite serious about their chocolate. I happened upon a shop that claimed to be the Global Home of Chocolate Therapy … they did indeed have some excellent chocolate inside.

I saw the place where they make the Ashford spinning wheels, and met Richard and Elizabeth. Indeed Richard made the sprang frames that students used on my whirlwind teaching tour.

Ashford Village, home of the Ashford spinning wheel

Ashford Village, home of the Ashford spinning wheel

I’ve taught classes in several cities, including Wellington, Mosgiel, Ashburton, and Christchurch. Spinner / weavers I’ve met here are quite interested in finger weaving and sprang, and quick to learn.

Sprang class at Gear Homestead, in the  Wellington area,

Sprang class at Gear Homestead, in the Wellington area,

Sprang Class in the Christchurch area.

Sprang Class in the Christchurch area.

Finger weaving students mastered several motifs

Finger weaving students mastered several motifs

a stippled diagonal stripe, the saw tooth, and the chevron

a stippled diagonal stripe, the saw tooth, and the chevron

Thanks to Rosanne & Paul for a delightful tour of Wellington. Many thanks to my Creative Fibre hosts, Robyn, Marilyn, Anne, and a special thanks to Sue Giller, Education Co-ordinator for Creative Fibre, New Zealand.

Over the next few weeks I’ll travel to Whakatane and Taurange, and I’ll visit the good folks at Majacraft. At the end of April I’ll participate in the national fibre conference that will take place in Auckland.

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