Get Ready for Retreat 2018!

Retreat is filling up fast, but there are one or two places left for each weekend (July 27th-29, and September 7-9). Here is the class information in case you’ve been on the fence about attending. Email to book and we’ll send you an invoice. Retreat costs $250, including accommodation, all meals and classes. You will need to be a Creative Fibre member to come to retreat, but the half year new member price is only $18, so don’t let that stop you!

Friday, we welcome you to enjoy a glass of wine and some nibble with us from 7pm. Bring your own dinner, or have it before you arrive (any time from 5pm). We’ll catch up with old friends, and meet new ones. We’ll also introduce you to the weekend challenge, and you can get started on that, or work on your own projects. Or maybe (like me) you’ll still be finishing up your homework for the Saturday morning classes!

Saturday Morning Classes

Carding for Tweed Yarns with Kurt

Learn techniques for adding depth and dimension to your yarns by preparing batts for spinning tweed.

Demystifying Charts with Margaret

Avoided a project you love because the charts are terrifying? Margaret will gently guide you through the fear and help you to learn to love working from a chart. This class will also cover basic lace and cable techniques.

Reversible Cables with Lara

Love to cable, but hate the reverse side? This nifty technique makes a cable that looks beautiful on both sides of the work. Perfect for scarves, collars, and accessories where both sides of the work will be visible.

Saturday Afternoon Classes

Make a batt for art yarn spinning, and “Fake Plying” with Annette

Annette will share her own invented technique for wrapping handspun yarns to make a beautiful plied effect.

Felted Bracelets with Robin

Robin is repeating her very popular felted bracelet class for retreat. You’ll learn the basics of felting and go home with a lovely piece of jewellery.

Design Your Own Top Down Raglan with Kurt (Retreat 1 only)

Kurt will lead you through the design process, from swatch to finished garment.

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Adult Surprise Jacket with Kurt (Retreat 2 only)

Have you ever admired the clever construction of the “Baby Surprise Jacket”? In this class Kurt will discuss adding shaping to the adult version, to make your own shapely, and stripy surprise.

Sunday Morning Classes

Cable Plying with Sharon

Bring some your own hand spun yarn and Sharon will talk you through the process of making a brilliant and balanced cabled yarn.

Modern Irish Crochet with Cheryl

Cheryl will show us how to make fabulous, dimensional crochet motifs, and then join them together to make a uniquely beautiful fabric.

A Project for Any Yarn with Lara

Got some handspun you don’t know what to do with? Or some mystery balls in your stash that are missing ball bands, or just partial balls? In this class we’ll discuss how to discover the properties of your yarn, how much you have to work with, how to find friends (matching handspun with commercial yarns, or colours that play nicely together), and then how to estimate yardage, and find the perfect project to get started on.


CF Auckland June Update


A big WELCOME to all our new members who joined us at Woolfest Auckland this year. We hope you enjoy belonging to our wonderful organisation and the sharing of our crafting experiences together. Please remember you are welcome to join any groups in Auckland (you can belong to more than one, many of us do) and do come along to any activities happening to get to know other members. Groups are listed here Also, do remember to join our Facebook page to help keep up with what is happening in the Auckland Area.

Woolfest Auckland 2018

Woolfest Auckland was a whopping success and we would like to thank every one of you who helped to make it so. Your assistance with the set up, on the day and with the clean up helped to make everything run as smoothly and effectively as it did. The public (and many of you who came on the day) did have difficulty with the traffic and parking. This has just reinforced to us that the change of venue next year to Kumeu Showgrounds is well overdue. Showgrounds are easy to access and there is lots of parking available on site along with 4 well lit sheds and level floors throughout.

Woolfest Auckland 2019 will be held on Saturday 25th May 2019.


Congratulations to the winners of our prize draws at Woolfest Auckland, one for a new member who joined on the day and one for an existing member. The winners are: Kay Parrish and Delwyn Colquhoun

CF Auckland Area Update

Woolfest Aftermath/Area Day

Saturday 30th June 10.00 -2.00 Auckland Horticultural Building 990 Great North Road, Western Springs

(upstairs from the Lair)

We are having an exciting Area Day as a followup from Woolfest. We will have traders including ‘Wool On Wheels’ joining us in case you have any funds left after Woolfest, and there will be demonstrations happening. Bring along any friends – this is open to the public as well as Creative Fibre members.

Suzy Brown Workshops

Annette has organised the wonderful Suzy Brown, aka Woolwench, to come to Auckland to do 3 days of workshops with us in early October. There will be 2 dyeing and one spinning workshops. More information next month.

Taster Classes at The Guild

The Handweavers and Spinners Guild are again holding their annual ‘Taster Classes’ following on from Woolfest. These are open to any one, not just Guild members. If you have always wanted to heave a go at something new why not give one of these a go? More information on the guild website.

Add To Your Diary

• GLAM Meeting -28 September (note date change)

• Peninsula Weavers Exhibition – 28 October

• CFA AGM 3 November

2018 Retreat Weekends 27 July/7 September

Plans are now well underway for this year’s two Retreat Weekends and we already have a number of bookings. When you make your booking to our email address, please state your name and which weekend you would like to come to. Robin, our treasurer, will invoice you. Payments can be made in full or in part payments. We have some wonderful classes planned covering knitting, crochet, spinning, felting and a surprise. We are currently finalising classes and will give more information soon. We will be having two wonderful raffles at each weekend with the funds raised going to charity.

This year’s Retreat Weekends are $250.00 per person and this covers all food (if you have special dietary needs please note that they are offering only a vegetarian option and very limited Gluten Free this year), your own warm single bedroom and linen for the weekend. We start at 7.00 Friday evening (eat dinner before you come) with a glass of wine and a few nibbles, and we are finished by 5.00 Sunday afternoon. All you need to bring is your clothing and crafting supplies. Our Retreat Weekends are a great way to relax, learn from others there and meet lots of like minded people. We have a fridge provided for your wine and extra food you may like to bring (baking shared is always welcome) and we are always made to feel very welcome by the St Francis Brothers.

Woolfest Aftermath

Save the Date – June 30th, 2018

Come and show off your Woolfest purchases, cast on a project and meet the locals.

10am-2pm Auckland Horticultural Society Building (upstairs from The Lair). 990 Great North Road, Western Springs. Entrance opposite Motions Road.

Traders, tea & coffee, demonstrations and things to try.