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Manawatu Spinners & Weavers: Annual Exhibition


Thu 28 Jul 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 29 Jul 2011, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 30 Jul 2011, 10:00am–3:00pm
Mon 1 Aug 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 2 Aug 2011, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts, 33 George Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts hosts Wonderful Wool, the annual exhibition of the Manawatu Spinners & Weavers from 15 July through 2 August in the changing exhibition space at the gallery. The exhibition showcases the work that members of the Guild have been doing during the year previous to the exhibition and will highlight items made with New Zealand wool. Exhibited items will include scarves, gloves, hats, jerseys, tea cosies, throws, pillow covers, baby clothes, socks, other items of clothing and a few surprises! The displayed items will be judged and awards presented during the reception for the artisans which will be held from 5.30 to 7PM at the gallery on Friday 15 July.

The exhibition features the work of guest exhibitor Esther Nitschke MBE, an internationally recognised weaver who, although she now lives in the Coromandel, is a long- time member of the Manawatu Spinners & Weavers Guild. Many of the items will be for sale during the exhibition. Demonstrations of weaving and spinning techniques will be held informally during the exhibition.

The Manawatu Spinners & Weavers Guild began in 1967 and members have been meeting regularly ever since. The Guild is one of a number of groups that are part of the Manawatu region; one of the fifteen areas that make up the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society. Guild members are a diverse group who enjoy a range of textile crafts including spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crochet and felting. Among the fibres that can be spun into yarn for weaving or knitting are dog hair, rabbit, goat, possum, silk, alpaca and of course sheep’s wool.

Guest artist Esther Nitschke is internationally known as an innovative weaver and felter. She has been awarded an MBE (Member, Order of the British Empire) for her services to weaving. From her home on Whiritoa Beach, Mrs Nitschke teaches a variety of weaving courses including: theory of weaving, fabric weaving based on colour and design, rug weaving, rag weaving and even beginner weaving. She exhibits regularly and continues to teach and inspire new generations of weaving and woolcraft enthusiasts. Mrs Nitschke will be joined by Gallery Manager Stuart Schwartz to jury the exhibition and award prize certificates.

The Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild have been in existence in Palmerston North for forty-four years. Although membership numbers have fluctuated, the continued enthusiasm of members means that many miles of yarn are spun, many yards of fabric are woven, many thousands of stitches are knitted and crocheted and knotted, and much felt has been laid out, soaped and pounded. The annual exhibition is a celebration of the Guild’s on-going activities.

The Guild meets every Monday morning and Thursday evening in the Rangiora Community Hall, Rangiora Avenue, Palmerston North, for a friendly session of spinning, knitting, weaving and socialising. At each meeting, members share patterns, purchase supplies of fibre, compare notes and ask advice as required. There is a wide range of experience and expertise among members and the Guild welcomes beginners or anyone else with an interest in fibres. The Manawatu Guild has regular tapestry weaving, dyeing and felting days too. The tapestry weavers are a dedicated group producing woven pictures with fine woollen yarn, often dyeing their own supply of coloured fibre for blending together. The felting group makes flat pieces which can be cut and sewn, or shaped while it is being made so that a stylish hat or a pouch-shaped bag results.

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