Fi­bre craft group relishing re­turn

Wool­shed quake-ticked

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Gear Wool­shed Fi­bre­crafts folk are back in their wool­shed.

The group spent the past few months meet­ing in each oth­ers’ homes and at Mana Arts So­ci­ety’s build­ing next to Plim­mer­ton Do­main.

That came af­ter the Gear Wool­shed, for­mer sta­bles to the nearby Home­stead, was flagged as an earthquake risk by own­ers Porirua City Coun­cil in late 2012.

Kapiti Cam­era Club, Wool­shed Pot­ters and At­tic Artists also had to find new homes un­til the strength­en­ing work on both floors was com­pleted. It took 10 weeks and cost $160,000.

‘‘We’re re­ally happy to have this space back and there’s been so many im­prove­ments, like in­su­la­tion,’’ club mem­ber Kathy McLauch­lan said. ‘‘It’s a place we share ideas, and help each other im­prove.’’

In a cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment, mem­bers spin, felt, weave, knit, dye and cro­chet, Ms McLauch­lan said. Books and the in­ter­net will get people so far, but the group’s meet­ings had both a so­cial and learn­ing at­mos­phere, she said. The club was al­ways keen to find new mem­bers.

‘‘In this club there is talent and ex­per­tise [in fi­bre­craft] and I’d hate to see that die be­cause people didn’t know we are here.’’

Gear Wool­shed Fi­bre­crafts meet Mon­days and Thurs­days from 10am till noon and from 7pm on Wed­nes­day nights.

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