ExTex24

Welcome to the return of ‘Exploring Textile Workshops’  –  a celebration of slow fibre arts taught by seasoned crafters  –  that promises to keep hands creating & minds inspired.

location of textile workshops

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Richard Crowie Hall just below the Fynbos Restaurant, Gate 2

location of textile workshops

26 April – 6 May

Half day, full day and multi-day  workshops available 

location of textile workshops

R100 – R1900

Workshops in wide price ranges & all ExTex students only pay R60 for Kirstenbosch entry

location of textile workshops

Beginner to Advanced

Our workshops cater for all skill levels and we even have workshops for children!

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

All the items are world class products made by members of the guild. Workshop kits and craft supplies are also available.

Learn anything from basket weaving to indigo dying, pebble weaving or stone wrapping from our guild of seasoned experts.

Beginners and experienced crafters will all find a special workshop to discover and explore their inherent creativity.

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.

We’ll also have daily demonstrations right in the gardens by our members showing their various crafts in action.

WEAVE

DYE

SPIN

KNIT

FELT

EXTEX24 WORKSHOPS

In an ever increasing digital and electronic world, peace of mind and soul can be found in the tactile realm of fibre arts. Come spin some threads and be rejuvenated.

What have you always wanted to learn?

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”

Fancy learning the ancient art of spinning? What about discovering the pigment potentials of plants right in your backyard? Or how to unravel your mind through the structure of warp and weft.

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.  Whether you want to learn to make personalised items for your home or reconnect with an age-old textile skill – we have something for everyone.

 

How to book for ExTex24

BROWSE & PLAN

We have a diverse selection of over 40 workshops on offer. Navigate by date. Or simply scroll through at your leisure.

PICK & CHOOSE

Below each workshop, you’ll find an overview on cost, level, time & date. For extra details open the workshop info box.

CLICK & PAY

The blue button below your chosen workshop takes you to its Quicket page where you can select the date (if it’s a repeat workshop) and pay to secure your spot. You’ll pay your R60 Kirstenbosch student entrance on your day of arrival.

ExTex24 Workshop Line-up

BROWSE BY DATE

FRIDAY 26 APRIL WORKSHOPS

stitched shibori ancient skills textile workshop

Handy Methods for Casting On and Off

Friday 26 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R185

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Beate Woermann

WORKSHOP INFO

Explore alternative methods to cast on and cast off in this knitting workshop.

Create a reusable foundation for a provisional cast on

Tubular/ Italian/Invisible cast on.

Knitted close match to sewn Kitchener cast off for 1 by 1 rib

Pinhole cast on 

NO UNDER 13s

Free-Form Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Friday 26 April; 10:00 – 17:00

R800

BEGINNERS

Facilitator: Beverley Keyser/ Andries Kotze

WORKSHOP INFO

Join us for a special workshop where you’ll learn how to weave your own stylish neck wrap on a rigid heddle loom. This workshop is perfect for beginners and will teach you the basics of weaving while creating a beautiful and functional accessory.

What You’ll Learn:

– Weaving Techniques: Master basic weaving techniques, including creating a hand-manipulated lace.

– Colour and Texture Play: Experiment with different yarns, colours, and textures to create a unique design for your neck wrap.

– Finishing Touches: Learn how to finish your neck wrap professionally for a polished look.

– Materials Provided: We will provide pre-warped looms and tools for participants to use during the workshop. The loom will be pre-warped with an ecru ( Natural) colour warp and the same yarn will be available for weft. Colour and texture yarn will be available, participants are advised to also bring yarn in their favourite colours and/ or textures.

Why Join Our Workshop:

– Expert Guidance: Our experienced instructors will guide you through every step of the weaving process.

– Small Class Sizes: Enjoy personalized attention in a small, intimate setting.

– Unique Finished Product: Create a one-of-a-kind neck wrap that reflects your personal style.

– Fun and Creative Atmosphere: Meet other craft enthusiasts and enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable weaving experience.

Join Us Today: Space is limited, so don’t miss your chance to join our beginner’s rigid heddle weaving workshop and create your own beautiful neck wrap. Sign up now and unleash your creativity!

NO UNDER 16s

Handwarmers in Fair Isle Design

Friday 26 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R630

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Jeannie Walker

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to knit a pair of Fair Isle hand or wrist warmers.

This is not a beginner’s knitting workshop.

Please Bring:

Double-knit weight (DK) knitting yarns. Colours of your choice

Knitting Needles: No 9/ 3¾ mm or No 8/ 4 mm.

Scissors, darning needle, pen and a few coloured pencils.

NO UNDER 16s

Make Your Own Ingobozi (Basket)

Friday 26 April;  10:00 – 13:00

R545

BEGINNERS

Facilitators: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP INFO

Xhosa Basket (Ingobozi) Weaving Workshop

Learn about the materials and techniques used, to make your own traditional basket from the Master AmaXhosa weavers

All materials will be provided.

Make Your Own Ikhuko (Mat)

Friday 26 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R495

BEGINNERS

Facilitators: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP INFO

Make your own ‘ikhuko’ (a small sedge mat)

In this introductory class, you will learn the basics of mat weaving using natural fibres, and simple pattern techniques to weave a placemat.

All materials will be provided

No under 13s

Embroidered Felt Fruit

Friday 26 April; 14:00 – 17:00

R250

BEGINNERS

Facilitator: Anita Erens

WORKSHOP INFO

Using handmade felt, segments of an apple, pear or orange are embroidered using various threads and embellishments.

Chain, blanket and other basic stitches with variations will be used.

The fruit will be partially completed in the workshop but materials and instructions for completion will be given.

All materials will be provided.

NO UNDER 13s

SATURDAY 27 APRIL WORKSHOPS

Kitchen Calligraphy for Kids

Saturday 27 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R100

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Bev Gillespie

 

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn how to make beautiful letters, from things you can find around your home, to make your own wrapping paper.

Bring your own pencil.

All other materials provided.

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 6-12)

Nuno Felted Scarf

Saturday 27 April; 10:00 – 17:00

R1800 

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Mignon Hattingh

WORKSHOP INFO

Explore nuno felting to create a beautiful hand-made one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art. Nuno felting is a type of wet felting in which you combine loose wool fibres with a piece of any open weave fabric.

No previous experience needed.

All materials will be provided

NO UNDER 13s

Knit Your Own Socks Day 1

Day 1: Saturday 27 April; 10:00 -13:00

Day 2: Tuesday 30 April; 14:00 – 17:00

R600 for both days

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Marianna Botha

WORKSHOP INFO

This workshop consists of two classes with homework to be completed before the second class.

MUST HAVE GOOD KNITTING SKILLS. 

Learn to knit a sock from the toe up. Starting at the toe you will knit as far as you can on the foot section in the first class. The foot must be completed at home so that at the next class you can start at the beginning of the heel. (Teacher will be available for help remotely)

Please bring:

100g sock yarn like Opal, Elle Bon Voyage Socks and More, African Expressions Soul or any 4ply merino wool with a polyamide or nylon content. 

2,5mm circular needles with a 60 – 80cm cable

NO UNDER 16s

Introductory Tapestry Weaving Day 1

Day 1: Saturday 27 April; 10:00 – 16:00

Day2: Sunday 28 April; 10:00 – 16:00

R1900 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Andries Kotze

WORKSHOP INFO

Immerse yourself in the artful world of textile creation with our Tapestry Weaving Workshop!

Join us for a hands-on experience that combines traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental techniques of tapestry weaving, guided by a skilled instructor passionate about the craft.

Discover the mesmerizing interplay of colours, textures, and patterns as you learn to manipulate threads on the loom to create a masterpiece. This workshop offers a supportive and creative environment for those new to the craft. Engage in the rhythmic and meditative process of weaving, gaining insights into design principles and composition.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a beautiful tapestry sampler to take home, showcasing your newfound skills and creative expression.

Join us for two days of artistic exploration, connection, and the joy of crafting your own woven masterpiece!

No prior weaving experience is needed; suitable for beginners.

A tapestry frame loom and weaving yarns are included in the price.

Please bring:

Scissors
Pen/ pencil
Ruler
Fork (to use as a beater)

The second part of the workshop will take place on 28 April 10:00 – 16:00

NO UNDER 16s

Star Disc Braiding for Kids

Saturday 27 April; 14:00 – 15:30

R300 per student

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Guild Member

 

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn this easy braiding method using a wooden star-shaped disc.

All materials will be provided.

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 8+)

SUNDAY 28 APRIL WORKSHOPS

Double Knitting Techniques

Sunday 28 April; 10:00 – 17:00

R580

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Beate Woermann

 

WORKSHOP INFO

Double-knitting is a form of colourwork that creates a reversible, two-layered, two-sided fabric, that is usually (but not always) worked with two colours,

Techniques covered:

how to do a 2 colour cast-on for double knitting

how to knit a neat selvedge

how to work stockinette double knitting

how to change colours

how to cast off

Please bring 4.5 mm circular knitting needles with tip length at least 10 cm. 

All other materials will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

Bead a Millefiori Bracelet

Sunday 28 April; 10:00 – 17:00

R1500

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Karen Beningfield

WORKSHOP INFO

Bead an off-loom woven bracelet using Japanese Delica beads.

Please bring a sharp pair of scissors

Suitable for adventurous beginners. Knowledge of peyote stitch useful but not required. 

All other materials will be provided

NO UNDER 18s

Kawandi Bookmark

Sunday 28 April; 14:00 – 17:00

R220

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Simmy Schofield

WORKSHOP INFO

Hand sew a bookmark using the traditional Kawandi method of sewing together scrap fabrics with cotton threads.

All materials will be provided

Please note entry into Kirstenbosch is not included in the ticket price.

NO UNDER 16s

Bargello or Kaffe Fassett Design Pincushion

Sunday 28 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R300

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Simmy Schofield

WORKSHOP INFO

Hand-embroider a pincushion on plastic canvas with wool.

All materials will be provided.

NO UNDER 16s

Introductory Tapestry Weaving Day 2

Day 1: Saturday 27 April; 10:00 – 16:00

Day 2: Sunday 28 April; 10:00 – 16:00

R1900 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Andries Kotze 

WORKSHOP INFO

Immerse yourself in the artful world of textile creation with our Tapestry Weaving Workshop!

Join us for a hands-on experience that combines traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental techniques of tapestry weaving, guided by a skilled instructor passionate about the craft.

Discover the mesmerizing interplay of colours, textures, and patterns as you learn to manipulate threads on the loom to create a masterpiece. This workshop offers a supportive and creative environment for those new to the craft. Engage in the rhythmic and meditative process of weaving, gaining insights into design principles and composition.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a beautiful tapestry sampler to take home, showcasing your newfound skills and creative expression.

Join us for two days of artistic exploration, connection, and the joy of crafting your own woven masterpiece!

No prior weaving experience is needed; suitable for beginners.

A tapestry frame loom and weaving yarns are included in the price.

Please bring:

Scissors
Pen/ pencil
Ruler
Fork (to use as a beater)

The second part of the workshop will take place on 28 April 10:00 – 16:00

NO UNDER 16s

MONDAY 29 APRIL WORKSHOPS

Inkle Weaving for Beginners Day 1

Day 1: Monday 29 April; 10:00 – 17:00

Day 2: Tuesday 30 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R850 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Penny White 

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to weave a band on an Inkle loom.

No experience needed.

All materials will be provided

NO UNDER 18s

Embroidery on Cyanotypes

Monday 29 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R400

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Pam Stallebrass

WORKSHOP INFO

Small motifs will be embroidered on a cyanotype fabric print which will be mounted in a hoop.

All materials provided.

NO UNDER 16s.

Strawberry Scissors Pincushion

Monday 29 April; 14:00 – 17:00

R250

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Simmy Schofield

WORKSHOP INFO

Hand sew a pincushion that attaches to your scissors.

All materials will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

TUESDAY 30 APRIL WORKSHOPS

Free-Form Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Tuesday 30 April; 10:00 – 17:00

R800

BEGINNER

Facilitators: Beverley Keyser/Andries Kotze

WORKSHOP INFO

Join us for a special workshop where you’ll learn how to weave your own stylish neck wrap on a rigid heddle loom. This workshop is perfect for beginners and will teach you the basics of weaving while creating a beautiful and functional accessory.

What You’ll Learn:

– Weaving Techniques: Master basic weaving techniques, including creating a hand-manipulated lace.

– Colour and Texture Play: Experiment with different yarns, colours, and textures to create a unique design for your neck wrap.

– Finishing Touches: Learn how to finish your neck wrap professionally for a polished look.

– Materials Provided: We will provide pre-warped looms and tools for participants to use during the workshop. The loom will be pre-warped with an ecru ( Natural) colour warp and the same yarn will be available for weft. Colour and texture yarn will be available, participants are advised to also bring yarn in their favourite colours and/ or textures.

Why Join Our Workshop:

– Expert Guidance: Our experienced instructors will guide you through every step of the weaving process.

– Small Class Sizes: Enjoy personalized attention in a small, intimate setting.

– Unique Finished Product: Create a one-of-a-kind neck wrap that reflects your personal style.

– Fun and Creative Atmosphere: Meet other craft enthusiasts and enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable weaving experience.

Join Us Today: Space is limited, so don’t miss your chance to join our beginner’s rigid heddle weaving workshop and create your own beautiful neck wrap. Sign up now and unleash your creativity!

NO UNDER 16s

Knitted Flowers

Tuesday 30 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R500

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Jeannie Walker

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to knit different flowers to make a corsage or brooch.

Please bring: 

DK weight knitting yarns in colours of your choice

Knitting needles: No 9/ 3¾ mm or No 8/ 4 mm.

Knitting patterns, brooch fitments, felt disks, darning needles and scissors will be supplied.

Confident beginner.

NO UNDER 16s

Make Your Own Ikhuko (Mat)

Tuesday 30 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R495

BEGINNERS

Facilitator: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP INFO

Make your own ‘ikhuko’ (a small sedge mat)

In this introductory class, you will learn the basics of mat weaving using natural fibres, and simple pattern techniques to weave a placemat.

All materials will be provided

No under 13s

Make Your Own Ingobozi (Basket)

Tuesday 30 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R545

BEGINNERS

Facilitator: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP INFO

Xhosa Basket (Ingobozi) Weaving Workshop

Learn about the materials and techniques used, to make your own traditional basket from the Master AmaXhosa weavers

All materials will be provided.

Inkle Weaving for Beginners Day 2

Day 1: Monday 29 April; 10:00 – 17:00

Day 2: Tuesday 30 April; 10:00 – 13:00

R850 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitators: Penny White

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to weave a band on an Inkle loom.

No experience needed.

All materials will be provided

NO UNDER 18s

mosaic knitting workshop

Mosaic Knitting

Tuesday 30 April; 14:00 – 17:00

R350

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Lee-Anne Hyslop

WORKSHOP INFO

Understand the principles of mosaic knitting and how to change colours using only slip stitches.

Learn the basic stitch combinations and how to read a knitting chart.

Basic knitting skills required: must be able knit plain and purl.

Yarn will be supplied: please bring a pair of 4mm needles

NO UNDER 16s

Knit Your Own Socks Day 2

Day 1: Saturday 27 April; 10:00 -13:00

Day 2: Tuesday 30 April; 14:00 – 17:00

R600 for both days

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Marianna Botha

WORKSHOP INFO

This workshop consists of two classes with homework to be completed before the second class.

MUST HAVE GOOD KNITTING SKILLS. 

Learn to knit a sock from the toe up. Starting at the toe you will knit as far as you can on the foot section in the first class. The foot must be completed at home so that at the next class you can start at the beginning of the heel. (Teacher will be available for help remotely)

Please bring:

100g sock yarn like Opal, Elle Bon Voyage Socks and More, African Expressions Soul or any 4ply merino wool with a polyamide or nylon content. 

2,5mm circular needles with a 60 – 80cm cable

NO UNDER 16s

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY – PUBLIC HOLIDAY  WORKSHOPS

Felted Hedgehog for Kids

Wednesday 1 May; 10:00 – 12:00

R300

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Karen Platte

 

WORKSHOP INFO

This workshop is a great way to get a feel for a 3D needle-felting project. Learn the basics of how to start a base and add simple armatures.

All materials will be provided.

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 5+)

Hanging Felt Bird for Kids

Wednesday 1 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R135

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Pam Stallebrass

WORKSHOP INFO

Create this bird mobile by stenciling with fabric paint, simple embroidery, hand stitching and beading on felt.

All materials will be provided.

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 6+)

Tolletjie Brei / French Knitting for Kids

Wednesday 1 May; 10:00 – 11:30

R250

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Guild Member 

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to do this traditional form of knitting.

All materials will be provided

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 8+)

Paper Cup Weaving for Kids

Wednesday 1 May; 14:00 – 15:30

R125

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Lee-Anne Hyslop

WORKSHOP INFO

Upcycle a disposable cup with a simple weaving technique.

All materials will be provided

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Beaded Flowers

Wednesday 1 May; 14:00 – 17:00

R550

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Karen Beningfield

 

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to bead a flower using Japanese (Delica) beads.

All beads and thread supplied. Please bring a sharp pair of scissors

Suitable for adventurous beginners. Knowledge of peyote stitch useful but not required

NO UNDER 16s

Needle Felted Bunny for Kids

Wednesday 1 May; 14:00 – 17:00

R350

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Karen Platte

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn about the different felting needles and equipment that is used for felting.

Making a bunny gives you the understanding of making a body, adding armatures and flat pieces.

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 7+)

Circular Weaving for Kids

Wednesday 1 May; 14:00 – 15:30

R300

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Facilitator: Guild Member

WORKSHOP INFO

Weaving on a wooden circular loom

Object to be made: Christmas Ornament or Coaster 

All materials provided.

All children attending this workshop must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the workshop.

FAMILY FRIENDLY (Kids 8+)

THURSDAY 2 MAY WORKSHOPS

Reversible Honeycomb Brioche Beanie

Thursday 2 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R580

ADVANCED

Facilitator: Beate Woermann 

WORKSHOP INFO

Knit a miniature version of a Beanie and learn all the stitches and steps needed to knit a Reversible Honeycomb Brioche Beanie.

Learn to:

Cast on for double knitting using the 2-colour Italian/invisible cast-on in a stress-free way.

Knit a brim in the easiest form of double knitting i.e. reverse stockinette.

Transition into reversible honeycomb brioche (i.e. resultant fabric looks identical on both sides – but in different colours – provided you are knitting with 2 yarns in different colours.).

Knit the body of the beanie in reversible honeycomb brioche.

Work decreases in reversible honeycomb brioche for the crown of the beanie.

Close the crown so that it has a neat finish on both sides of the beanie.

What to bring:

4mm 80cm circular needles

2 cable needles

All other materials will be provided

Advanced knitting skills required.

NO UNDER 18s

Crochet an Amigurumi Bunny

Thursday 2 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R550

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Corinne Otto

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to crochet an Amigurumi Bunny.

(Amigurumi is a Japanese-style crochet where items are crocheted in a continuous round.)

Various finishing and decorating techniques will be covered.

Requirements: The complete kit with all materials and a pattern for a dress will be provided.

What to bring: 2.5mm crochet hook – (a soft grip hook is advised) and a pair of scissors

Participants must know how to single crochet, slip stitch and how to increase and decrease

NO UNDER 16s

Learn to Dye Wool the Easy Way

Thursday 2 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R700

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Carlé Dehning

WORKSHOP INFO

In this course, Carlé will cover colour theory and how to dye wool with the microwave. Participants will learn different dyeing techniques on 5 mini skeins. Thereafter they will have freedom with the dyebaths to dye a 50g skein with the techniques learnt.

Participants will leave with 100g of dyed superwash wool.

All materials will be supplied.

NO UNDER 16s

Hexagon Needle Case

Thursday 2 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R220

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Simmy Schofield

WORKSHOP INFO

Hand sew a hexagon needle case with felt pages.

All materials will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

Felted Vessel

Thursday 2 May; 14:00 – 17:00

R850

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Tali Lehr-Sacks 

WORKSHOP INFO

Make a karakul wool vessel using wet-resist felting techniques.

All materials included in ticket price.

Please bring a towel.

NO UNDER 13s

Wheel Spinning for Beginners

Thursday 2 May; 14:00 – 18:00

R650

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Gina Ross

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to spin your own yarn on an Ashford traditional spinning wheel.

Start off with a drop spindle and learn the techniques of how to spin wool, and then move onto a spinning wheel.

First spin undyed merino wool, and then proceed to spinning a mini hand-dyed fibre braid and rolag.

Plying will be demonstrated – if time allows, you will have the opportunity to ply the yarn you have spun.

Use of spinning equipment is provided.

Students will take home the yarn that they have spun during the workshop.

NO UNDER 16s

FRIDAY 3 MAY WORKSHOPS

Free-Form Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Friday 3 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R800

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Beverley Keyser/Andries Kotze 

WORKSHOP INFO

Join us for a special workshop where you’ll learn how to weave your own stylish neck wrap on a rigid heddle loom. This workshop is perfect for beginners and will teach you the basics of weaving while creating a beautiful and functional accessory.

What You’ll Learn:

– Weaving Techniques: Master basic weaving techniques, including creating a hand-manipulated lace.

– Colour and Texture Play: Experiment with different yarns, colours, and textures to create a unique design for your neck wrap.

– Finishing Touches: Learn how to finish your neck wrap professionally for a polished look.

– Materials Provided: We will provide pre-warped looms and tools for participants to use during the workshop. The loom will be pre-warped with an ecru ( Natural) colour warp and the same yarn will be available for weft. Colour and texture yarn will be available, participants are advised to also bring yarn in their favourite colours and/ or textures.

Why Join Our Workshop:

– Expert Guidance: Our experienced instructors will guide you through every step of the weaving process.

– Small Class Sizes: Enjoy personalized attention in a small, intimate setting.

– Unique Finished Product: Create a one-of-a-kind neck wrap that reflects your personal style.

– Fun and Creative Atmosphere: Meet other craft enthusiasts and enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable weaving experience.

Join Us Today: Space is limited, so don’t miss your chance to join our beginner’s rigid heddle weaving workshop and create your own beautiful neck wrap. Sign up now and unleash your creativity!

NO UNDER 16s

Indigo Dying

Friday 3 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R1250

Facilitator: Mignon Hattingh

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn techniques of stitching, binding, clamping and wrapping to prepare fabric for dyeing in a living indigo vat.

All materials will be provided.

NO UNDER 16s

Slow Stitching with Indigo and Cyanotypes

Friday 3 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R400

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Pam Stallebrass

WORKSHOP INFO

Make a cover for a notebook with simple stitches, embroidery, stencilling with fabric paints, and beading on pre-printed fabric.

All materials included in price

NO UNDER 18s

Boho Macramé Plant Hanger

Friday 3 May; 13:00 – 17:00

R825

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Andrèa Fedder

WORKSHOP INFO

This beginner’s macramé workshop is for anyone looking to invite more gentle flow into their life, and maybe fall in love with a craft that opens moments of solitude, silence and mindful rhythm.

What you’ll learn:

5 basic macramé knots (square knot, spiral knot (or half square knot), lark’s head knot, 4 cord braid, wrap knot)

An easier way of measuring cord length for future plant hanger projects

How to secure ends or prevent fraying while knotting or incorporating beads

How to adjust tension for basket section depending on the plant pot size/ shape

What’s not included but required to bring:

Your pot of choice – this is not provided because preference for this is so specific. I recommend:

A basic ceramic or terracotta pot measuring max 18cm in height and 20cm for top rim diameter. A straight-sided or tapered pot is somewhat easier to create the basket tension for, but a rounded pot can definitely also be used. Ideally no holes in the pot for ease of watering (best to place container with holes holding your plant inside your decorative pot)

Scissors

Snacks  – knot making is energy-consuming!

All other materials will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

SATURDAY 4 MAY WORKSHOPS

Introductory Tapestry Weaving Day 1

Day1: Saturday 4 May; 10:00 – 16:00

Day2: Sunday 5 May; 10:00 – 16:00

R1900 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Andries Kotze 

WORKSHOP INFO

Immerse yourself in the artful world of textile creation with our Tapestry Weaving Workshop!

Join us for a hands-on experience that combines traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental techniques of tapestry weaving, guided by a skilled instructor passionate about the craft.

Discover the mesmerizing interplay of colours, textures, and patterns as you learn to manipulate threads on the loom to create a masterpiece. This workshop offers a supportive and creative environment for those new to the craft. Engage in the rhythmic and meditative process of weaving, gaining insights into design principles and composition.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a beautiful tapestry sampler to take home, showcasing your newfound skills and creative expression.

Join us for two days of artistic exploration, connection, and the joy of crafting your own woven masterpiece!

No prior weaving experience is needed; suitable for beginners.

A tapestry frame loom and weaving yarns are included in the price.

Please bring:

Scissors
Pen/ pencil
Ruler
Fork (to use as a beater)

The second part of the workshop will take place on 28 April 10:00 – 16:00

NO UNDER 16s

Beginners Knitted Rib Beanie

Saturday 4 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R270

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Beate Woermann

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn all the techniques needed to knit a ribbed beanie by creating a miniature version.

The following will be covered in the class:

Cast on using the alternating cable cast on.

Join in the round.

Knit 1 by 1 rib in the round.

Create the crown using neat equally spaced decreases.

Close the top.

Make a little pom pom using a fork.

Please bring:

Knitting needles: Please bring 4.0 mm circular knitting needles with tip length at least 10 cm.

A kitchen fork for making the pom pom. 

All other materials will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

Crochet an Amigurumi Bunny

Saturday 4 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R550

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Corinne Otto

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to crochet an Amigurumi Bunny.

(Amigurumi is a Japanese-style crochet where items are crocheted in a continuous round.)

Various finishing and decorating techniques will be covered.

Requirements: The complete kit with all materials and a pattern for a dress will be provided.

What to bring: 2.5mm crochet hook – (a soft grip hook is advised) and a pair of scissors

Participants must know how to single crochet, slip stitch and how to increase and decrease

NO UNDER 16s

Make Your Own Ingobozi (Basket)

Saturday 4 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R545

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP INFO

Xhosa Basket (Ingobozi) Weaving Workshop

Learn about the materials and techniques used, to make your own traditional basket from the Master AmaXhosa weavers

All materials will be provided.

Boho Macramé Plant Hanger

Saturday 4 May; 13:00 – 17:00

R825

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Andrèa Fedder 

WORKSHOP INFO

This beginner’s macramé workshop is for anyone looking to invite more gentle flow into their life, and maybe fall in love with a craft that opens moments of solitude, silence and mindful rhythm.

What you’ll learn

5 basic macramé knots (square knot, spiral knot (or half square knot), lark’s head knot, 4 cord braid, wrap knot)

An easier way of measuring cord length for future plant hanger projects

How to secure ends or prevent fraying while knotting or incorporating beads

How to adjust tension for basket section depending on the plant pot size/ shape

What’s not included but required to bring:

Your pot of choice – this is not provided because preference for this is so specific. I recommend:

A basic ceramic or terracotta pot measuring max 18cm in height and 20cm for top rim diameter. A straight-sided or tapered pot is somewhat easier to create the basket tension for, but a rounded pot can definitely also be used. Ideally no holes in the pot for ease of watering (best to place the container with holes holding your plant inside your decorative pot)

Scissors

Snacks  – knot making is energy-consuming!

All other materials will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

Make Your Own Ikhuko (Mat)

Saturday 4 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R495

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Handmade Trust

WORKSHOP INFO

Make your own ‘ikhuko’ (a small sedge mat)

In this introductory class, you will learn the basics of mat weaving using natural fibres, and simple pattern techniques to weave a placemat.

All materials will be provided

No under 13s

SUNDAY 5 MAY WORKSHOPS

Colourwork for Socks

Sunday 5 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R300

INTERMEDIATE

Facilitator: Marianna Botha

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn to knit colourwork on a small round as for hand-knit socks. This is not a sock knitting course and assumes that you have knitted socks before.

Pattern will be provided for you to finish your socks at home. You will knit just the ribbing and colourwork in the class.

Intermediate knitting skills required.

What to bring:

100g sock yarn like Opal, Elle Bon Voyage Socks and More, African Expressions Soul or any 4ply merino wool with a polyamide or nylon content.

 2,5mm circular needles with a 60 – 80cm cable

NO UNDER 16s

Wrapped Rocks

Sunday 5 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R500

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Vina MacGillivray

WORKSHOP INFO

Do simple weaving, wrapping and knotting around rocks with a variety of fibers to create unique keepsakes

A minimum of 2 rocks will be wrapped during the workshop

All materials included in ticket price.

NO UNDER 16s

Andean Pebble Weave - Day 1

Day1: Sunday 5 May; 10:00 – 17:00

Day 2: Monday 6 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R850 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Penny White

WORKSHOP INFO

Weave a band for a bag in Andean Pebble Weave on an Inkle loom.

Please note workshop takes place over 1 1/2 days.

All materials will be supplied

Previous experience weaving on a Inkle loom required

NO UNDER 16s

Introductory Tapestry Weaving Day 2

Day1: Saturday 4 May; 10:00 – 16:00

Day2: Sunday 5 May; 10:00 – 16:00

R1900 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Andries Kotze

WORKSHOP INFO

Immerse yourself in the artful world of textile creation with our Tapestry Weaving Workshop!

Join us for a hands-on experience that combines traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental techniques of tapestry weaving, guided by a skilled instructor passionate about the craft.

Discover the mesmerizing interplay of colours, textures, and patterns as you learn to manipulate threads on the loom to create a masterpiece. This workshop offers a supportive and creative environment for those new to the craft. Engage in the rhythmic and meditative process of weaving, gaining insights into design principles and composition.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a beautiful tapestry sampler to take home, showcasing your newfound skills and creative expression.

Join us for two days of artistic exploration, connection, and the joy of crafting your own woven masterpiece!

No prior weaving experience is needed; suitable for beginners.

A tapestry frame loom and weaving yarns are included in the price.

Please bring:

Scissors
Pen/ pencil
Ruler
Fork (to use as a beater)

The second part of the workshop will take place on 28 April 10:00 – 16:00

NO UNDER 16s

Learn to Crochet

Sunday 5 May; 14:00 – 17:00

R350

BEGINNER

Facilitator:  Corinne Otto 

WORKSHOP INFO

Master the basics of crochet by learning to crochet a granny square.

A beginners crochet kit will be provided

NO UNDER 16s

‘Weave’ Your Story Into Cloth

Sunday 5 May; 14:00 – 17:00

R520

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Liezl van Schalkwyk

WORKSHOP INFO

Explore your story through intuitive stitching and fabric collage. Participants will be guided to access little pieces of their story using intuitive techniques. These gathered narratives will be brought to the fabric using collage and simple stitching to create a fabric piece representing something of their own valid and unique story. There will be opportunity to share in each other’s experiences.

All materials will be provided but please bring any scraps of fabric that have special meaning to you, or threads of colour you currently like.

NO UNDER 16s

MONDAY 6 MAY WORKSHOPS

Indigo Dyeing

Monday 6 May; 10:00 – 17:00

R1250

Facilitator: Mignon Hattingh

 

WORKSHOP INFO

Learn techniques of stitching, binding, clamping and wrapping to prepare fabric for dyeing in a living indigo vat.

All materials will be provided.

NO UNDER 16s

Andean Pebble Weave - Day 2

Day1: Sunday 5 May; 10:00 – 17:00

Day 2: Monday 6 May; 10:00 – 13:00

R850 for both days

BEGINNER

Facilitator: Penny White

WORKSHOP INFO

Weave a band for a bag in Andean Pebble Weave on an Inkle loom.

Please note workshop takes place over 1 1/2 days.

All materials will be supplied

Previous experience weaving on a Inkle loom required

NO UNDER 16s

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 various 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. Did we mention that workshop participants only pay R60 entry to Kirstenbosch for the day?

We look forward to sharing our love of all things textile with you here.

Still have questions?

ALL YOUR FAQs ANSWERED

What is ExTex all about?

Welcome to the much-anticipated return of ‘Exploring Textile Workshops’ hosted by the Cape Guild of Weavers at Kirstenbosch this Autumn 2024.

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.

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

 

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How must I pay for the workshop?

You can click on any of the buttons on this page that say ‘book workshop’. These will take you directly to Quicket where you can browse all workshops on offer and book and pay directly on the Quicket page. You’ll receive your ticket details from Quicket via email which you can then present at the Kirstenbosch gate on your workshop date. As an ExTex workshop participant, your Kirstenbosch entry fee is  the student rate of R60, payable on presentation of your ExTex Workshop Quicket booking confirmation.

Can I book but pay on arrival?

No, bookings are secured upon payment. Spaces are limited and only confirmed and paid for bookings via Quicket can help our workshop facilitators plan their materials needed.

I'm a pensioner and the workshop I want to attend is on a Tuesday. Do I get my entrance discounted?

​​Yes, if the course you are booking falls on a Tuesday, and you are 60 years or older and have your South African ID on you, entry for that day for you will be free.

Do full-day workshops that run over lunch include time for a meal break?

​Yes, there will be a break for a meal during the full day workshops.

Can you tell me a bit more about the course?

Below each course is a dropdown button that gives a full explanation of what each workshop entails and also what to bring along, if anything. Navigate to the course you are interested in and read more.

Do I need to bring anything?

The description ​accompanying each workshop will give the information regarding workshop requirements.

A notebook and pen or pencil is always handy. Please bring a jersey, an umbrella (Cape Town weather smile) , a water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes, so you can go for a walk in the Gardens before or after your workshop.

If your workshop runs for the whole day or if you intend to spend the whole day, bring a picnic lunch or alternatively, the Fynkos Kirstenbosch Tea Room is right next to the Richard Crowie Hall, so you can treat yourself to a meal there.

Will there be refreshments during the workshops?

There will be an urn, ceylon tea, rooibos tea, coffee, sugar and box milk (please bring your own if you have alternative milk requirements)
Disposable eco-friendly cups will be supplied.

How do I book for attending multiple different workshops?

We’re so glad you want to attend multiple workshops! You can navigate to Quicket via each of the listed workshops, add them to your cart and the cart will update with your selection of workshops which you can pay for via the Quicket portal.

How do I gain entry to Kirstenbosch?

All ExTex workshops are held at the Richard Crowie Hall near Gate 2. There is plenty of parking available.

As an ExTex workshop participant, you only pay R60 entry when you show your Quicket ticket on arrival.

We hope to see you there and that you have lots of fun!

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Rosebank Methodist Church
2 Chapel Rd,
Cape Town 7700
Rosebank
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Guild Shop Hours

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12h00-15h00, by appointment
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