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Exploring Ancient Skills

TEXTILE  WORKSHOPS 2023

location of textile workshops

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Richard Crowie Hall

location of textile workshops

22 April – 2 May 2023

Half days, full day & multi-day workshops

location of textile workshops

R260 – R1700

All listed workshop prices include entry to Kirstenbosch

location of textile workshops

Beginner – Intermediate

All levels welcome, unless otherwise specified

Welcome to the highly anticipated ‘Exploring Ancient Skills – Textile Workshops’ hosted by the Cape Guild of Weavers at Kirstenbosch this Autumn 2023.

We believe in the power of transforming raw materials into beautiful, functional pieces of art and invite you to join us to learn something new.  Come discover how to make personalised items for your home, trendy clothing, and unique jewellery.

In addition to workshops, our members will be giving live demonstrations of their various crafts every day. Everyone is welcome! Beginners and experienced crafters will all find a special workshop to discover and explore their inherent creativity.

If you’re seeking a slower pace of life or looking to take up a non-digital (and electricity independent) activity, this is your chance to join the fibre and textile crafts movement and be part of bringing back this popular trend!

 

Explore our Pop-Up shop at the Richard Crowie Hall, a beautiful haberdashery of everything from locally dyed yarns to fibre filled soaps!

Learn anything from basket weaving to indigo dying, button making or beaded off-loom earrings from our guild of seasoned experts.

Discover a space for all ages to connect over the transfixing skills of textile art. You may even land among a new tribe of kindred spirits.

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2023 Workshop Line-up

HALF DAY WORKSHOPS

Stone Wrapping

22 April OR 1 May; 10:00 – 14:00

R350 per student

Facilitator: Vina MacGilivray

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Turn rocks into pieces of art by wrapping them using Japanese weaving and basketry techniques.
Wrapping materials and stones will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own supplies too.

stitched shibori ancient skills textile workshop

Stitched Shibori

22 OR 27 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R350 per student

Facilitator: Lee-Anne Hyslop

WORKSHOP DETAILS

This workshop is all about Shibori Stitched Tie Dye methods.

How to stitch fabric to achieve various effects when dyeing.

Students would not be doing any dyeing at the workshop – this will just be a preparation workshop – instructions will be given on how to dye at home.

mosaic knitting workshop

Introduction to Mosaic Knitting

23 OR 28 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R350 per student

Facilitator: Lee-Anne Hyslop

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Discover the basics of mosaic knitting, a form of slipped stitch knitting. Mosaic knitting is a way to create geometric patterns by slipping stitches. An easy way of knitting with two or more colours.

Xhosa Basket Weaving

24 April OR 1 May; 13:00 – 16:00

25 April OR 1 May;  10:00 – 13:00

R550 for single
R950 for a couple

Facilitators: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Learn to create your own sedge basket with master amaXhosa weavers.
In this introductory class, you will learn the stories behind this ancient craft as well as the materials used to make it.

We look at the traditional knowledge that goes into harvesting and preparing the plant used in this type of weaving.
All equipment and material provided.

Crochet for Beginners

26 April OR 2 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R300 per student; incl. no charge follow up workshop

Facilitator: Monika Pike

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS
  • Granny Squares – An old favourite for modern times!
  • Master basic crochet stitches
  • Crochet a basic Granny Square
  • Crochet a small version to make original jewellery items
  • Learn to stitch or sew squares together
  • Learn to use different-sized squares to make fashionable clothing or household items
  • Explore more complicated square and how to find free useful lessons and courses on the Internet.
  • Basic colour theory and how to apply it to your item

Everything you need will be included in the course fee but do bring your own crochet hooks and any yarn you feel comfortable with.

You will be using size 3.00mm, 3.50mm, and 4.00mm hooks and sport and double-knitting yarn.

BONUS: I offer a no-charge follow-up workshop to ensure that you can catch up on the basics and be able to finish your item to your satisfaction.

Yarn Paper

26 April; 10:30 -12:30

R1020 per student

Facilitator: Mignon Anderson Hattingh

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Using Mohair and other lovely fibres we will create yarn paper. This could be stitched on, framed or used in other creative ways.

The materials will be provided for this workshop

What to bring
Surgical Gloves
Apron
Any fabulous fibres you have you would like to include

Dorset Buttons for Beginners

26 April  OR 2 May; 11:00 – 14:00

R260 per student

Facilitator: Clara Lindberg

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Dorset buttons are buttons sewn with thread or yarn. They originate in Dorset in England and were manufactured on a large scale between the 1600s and 1850 when button-making machines were invented.

Today Dorset buttons can be the functional, simple, elegant textile buttons they were back in the day, or elaborate, colourful tapestry artworks and anything in between. For weaving, knitting and crochet projects custom made Dorset buttons are a nice finish.
There are a few different traditional Dorset button types. We will learn to make two types; Dorset cartwheel buttons and birds-eye buttons. Cartwheel buttons are worked onto a ring and birds-eye buttons are worked with thread only creating a firm but flexible button. A precursor to modern-day rugby-shirt buttons made of rubber.
All materials will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own yarns or embroidery floss if you like.

Suitable for participants age 12 and up.

Felted Karakul Pot

28 April; 10:30 – 14:30

R900 per student

Facilitator: Mignon Anderson Hattingh

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Using a resist you will create your very own vessel/pot from Karakul wool.

Not for beginners: some knowledge of felting is required for this workshop.

Materials will be provided for the workshop. We will work with the natural colours of the Karakul wool.

What to bring:
Apron
Hand towel
Kitchen cloth for your hands

Kavelfrans Fringe

28 April; 11:00 – 14:00

R260 per student

Facilitator: Clara Lindberg

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Kavelfrans meaning ’rolling-pin fringe’ is a versatile Nordic pile fringe traditionally used to embellish garments, cushions and blankets. Typically kavelfrans is made with woollen yarn, but other fibres can work just as well giving a different visual effect.

A fringe added to the edge of a textile protects the edge and looks pretty. Because you can work with relatively short ends a kavelfrans fringe is a perfect way of upcycling thrums and short left-over yarn scraps.
We will be looking at two different ways of making kavelfrans . Yarns and tools will be supplied, but you are very welcome to bring your own yarns or yarn ends if you like.
Suitable for participants age 14 and up.

Spinning for Beginners

25, 26, 27, 28 OR 29 April; 10:00 -13:00

R900 per student

Facilitator: Verena Hinsch

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS

What the course entails:
• Start off with the care and proper fitment of a wheel, i.e. alignment, correct drive band and break band fitments.
• Rhythm, basic coordination and comfortable introduction to spinning.
• Continuous spinning, progressing to singles / plying / Navajo plying
• The understanding of various fibres
• Carding fibre – with hand carders and a drum carder
Students would be advised to source their own raw sheep’s wool. It has to be well prepared (washed / lanolin removed) and workable. If students have any other fibre available, it would be of an advantage to bring that along.
Students have to indicate if they have their own spinning wheels available > it is preferred that they bring their own. It’s preferable that students bring standard Ashford wheels to work on.
Students have to bring their own hand carders. If they have drum carders, that would also be to an advantage. They should also bring their own extra bobbins and threading hooks.

Xhosa Mat Weaving

27 April 13:00 – 16:00 OR
1 May 10:00 – 13:00 OR
1 May 13:00 -16:00

R480 for single
R850 for a couple

Facilitators: Handmade Trust

 

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Learn to create your own ikukho (a small sedge mat) with master amaXhosa weavers.
In this introductory class, you will learn the stories behind this ancient craft as well as the materials used to make it.

We look at the traditional knowledge that goes into harvesting and preparing the plant used in this type of weaving.
All equipment and material provided.

Drop Spindle Spinning

29 April;  10:00 – 13:00

R300 per student

Facilitator: Clara Lindberg

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The art and skill of spinning yarn is truly ancient – and central to our very existence. The ability to spin yarn to make clothing has been crucial for the survival of many cultures and the skill of spinning yarn for sail cloth made it possible for humans to make journeys they never could have done without it. Today most threads and yarns are produced with machines but by the very same principles as yarn spun by hand on a spindle.
At this workshop we are offering you the perfect opportunity to explore the prehistoric skill of spinning yarn using a very simple but brilliant tool – the drop spindle. Spinning on a drop spindle is like playing with a top: it’s lots of fun. You can learn the basics in one morning – and then spend the rest of your life mastering the skill.
For this workshop we will provide modern day fidget-spinner spindles – because they work well and are easy to use – but you are very welcome to bring your own spindles too. Fine merino roving will be provided for fibre and should you want to you will have the option to buy a spindle and more fibre from the our pop-up shop at Kirstenbosch.
You will learn to spin yarn. You will learn how to draft and wind on and to ply your yarn on your spindle using Andean plying.
This workshop is suitable for participants age 12 and up. Participants younger than 15 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Nuno Scarf Felting

30 April; 10:30 – 14:30

R1700 per student

Facilitator: Mignon Anderson Hattingh

WORKSHOP DETAILS

You will be provided with your backing fabric and your roving to create a lovely lightweight scarf for the in-between weather.

What to bring:
Apron
Small towel
Kitchen cloth
A small basin to take your work home
If you have natural yarns or kid mohair or sari silk bring it along to include in your scarf.

indigo dying workshop for ancient skills textile workshop

Indigo Dyeing

2 May; 10:30 -14:30

R1100 per student

Facilitator: Mignon Anderson Hattingh

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Come explore, play with and discover an Indigo vat. The richness and depth of this magical colour will have you mesmerized.

You will need to bring along cotton fabric, linen fabric, cheese cloth any natural fibre.

Fabrics need to be laundered first. Do not add any fabric softener to the washed and rinsed fabric.

Fabric should be roughly 50cm x50cm.

Please bring:
Gloves
Apron
Bucket/plastic basin
Old hand towel
Sharp pair of scissors
Needles of different sizes
Sewing thread
Quick unpick
String in various thickness

If you have:
G-clamps
Elastic bands
Small rigid shapes in triangles, squares or circles (to form a resist when folding fabric

Wear old clothes as you could get dirty.

The call of the spinning wheel is the noblest of all. Because it is the call of love. – Mahatma Gandhi

MULTI-DAY WORKSHOPS

Card Weaving

22 & 23 April; 10:00 – 16:00

R1000  per student for 2-day workshop

Facilitator: Jennifer Pauw

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Card weaving (aka tablet weaving) is a very ancient way of making strong, decorative bands. Examples have been discovered in archaeological diggings in many different parts of the world.
These bands had a variety of uses such as camel girths. Beautiful, very long ones would be laced between the struts of the nomads yurts. Before cardboard, bone or stiff leather
would have been used to make the tablets. This course is for beginners and will include 12 cards and the required yarn will be supplied. Once you’ve mastered the technique you will be able to experiment with a never ending variety of patterns.

Lace Techniques as Wall Hangings on Rigid Heddle Looms - Intermediate

22 – 25 April; 10:00 – 15:00

R1200  per student for 4-day workshop

Facilitators: Penny White and Beverley Keyser

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Weave a variety of lace techniques as a wall hanging on a rigid heddle loom.’

Students need to bring 300g 4 ply or thinner cotton, wool or bamboo in 2 similar shades of colour. No fuzzy yarns.

Hours: weekdays 10:00-15:00, weekends 9:00-15:00

Sock Knitting - Intermediate

 24, 26 & 29 April; 10:00 -13:00

R1650  per student for 3-day workshop

Facilitator: Lynn Keck

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Come and join our creative sock knitting workshop where you will learn the following techniques on a baby sock. This will enable you to use these skills for an adult sock. You will learn the following:
– How to knit with the Magic Loop
– The Long Tail cast on
– Heel Flap
– Turn Heel
– Gusset
– Measurement of Foot
– Toe Sharping
– Kitchner Stitch

PLEASE NOTE: This is an intermediate knitting course and basic knowledge of knitting and purling skills are required.
The course will involve three 3-hour lessons on Monday 24th April, Wednesday 26th April and Saturday 29th April, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 13:00.

Venue: Richard Crowie Hall at Kirstenbosch

Price including
– Addi 80cm circular lace needle 2.75cm
– 25gmrs of sock yarn
– Baby and Adult sock pattern
– entrance to Kirstenbosch for those 3 days:

Backstrap Weaving

27 & 28 April, 10:00 – 16:00

R1000  per student for 2-day workshop

Facilitator: Jennifer Pauw

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Backstrap weaving is the traditional way that cloth was and is woven, mainly in South American countries such as Guatemala, Peru and others. Hammocks, cloths for carrying goods or babies in, bags and other practical items are woven in this way.

This is a 2 day course for beginners in which you will learn how to weave on the simplest equipment, a couple of strong dowls, a backstrap and your own body to tension the warp, using strong smooth, brightly colored yarns. In order to be able to weave, the warped-up loom is attached to a post and to your backstrap which goes around the lower body.
It’s fun to do, especially with others and the best excuse to do nothing else because you cannot, you’re tied to a tree!

Beginner's Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving

27 & 28 April; 10:00 – 15:00

R600  per student for 2-day workshop

Facilitator: Penny White 

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The rigid heddle loom is ideal to begin weaving on. It’s light, easily transportable, easy to warp and set up, and you can use it for a wide variety of projects. Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive.

For this beginner’s course, you will learn all the basics. You will learn how to calculate yarn quantities, warp up and put stripes into the warp, thread the heddle and tie on the warp. You will learn to weave an evenly woven fabric with straight selvages and you will learn how to change colours as you weave.

You will learn Soumak and Leno as two decorative edgings, and to add some decoration, you will learn in-lay.

During the two days you will weave fabric for a scarf, bag, or table runner.

Foundation in Textile Weaving Using a 4-shaft Table Loom

24 -28 April; 10:00 – 15:30 (27 April 10:00 – 13:00)

R1500  per student for 5-day workshop

Facilitator: Andries Kotze

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Participants will learn all the basics to start weaving on their own:

• Planning and making a warp on a warping board
• Beaming the warp using a raddle
• Drawing in (threading the heddles)
• Sleying the reed
• Tying on the warp
• Reading drafts (lift plans)
• Winding pirn and stick shuttles
• Troubleshooting at the loom, broken warp ends etc.
• Finishing of final cloth
Students will weave a product, and afterward, should time permit do an experimental sampler of various weaving structures.

In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together. – Anita Moorjani

SINGLE FULL DAY WORKSHOPS

Off-Loom Bead Weaving – Kaleidocycle

22, 23, 27, 29  OR 30 April; 9:00 – 15:00

R960 per student

Facilitator: Karen Beningfield

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The technique is off-loom bead weaving
Difficulty level Intermediate Suitable for enthusiastic beginner
Bring scissors, paper for notes and colouring pencils
Additional kits available for sale
Not suitable for children under the age of 10 years
Children between the age of 10 and 14 to be accompanied by an adult

Price including kit (beads, needles and thread), pattern, and entry to Kirstenbosch R960.00

Anyone with questions can attend on 1 May between 09h00 to 12h00 for an additional R360 class fee.

Attendance would have to be booked and paid for beforehand

Off-Loom Bead Weaving – Earrings

22, 23, 27, 29 OR 30 April; 9:00 – 15:00

R760 per student

Facilitator: Karen Beningfield

WORKSHOP DETAILS

The technique is off-loom bead weaving

Difficulty level: Intermediate Suitable for an enthusiastic beginner

Bring scissors, paper for notes and colouring pencils

Additional kits available for sale

Not suitable for children under the age of 10 years

Children between the age of 10 and 14 to be accompanied by an adult

Price including kit (beads, needles, thread and sterling silver earring wires and thread), pattern, and entry to Kirstenbosch 

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Our  Exploring Ancient Skills Textile Workshops will be held in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens in the renowned Richard Crowie Hall.

Learning ancient skills under ancient trees

RECONNECTING TO THE THREAD OF ALL LIVING THINGS

Kirstenbosch is home to many ancient trees and botanical legacy. What better venue to delve into the ancient textile skills that together have woven the fabric of our fashion & design industries? The Richard Crowie Hall was also the venue of our exhibition last year and as a guild, we felt a great kinship among the gentle pace of this national botanical garden.

We look forward to sharing space with you here.

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