Thursday 30 June, 1-4.30pm, Craft Opportunities- Make a felt hotwater bottle cover

Come along and learn how to make a felted hot water bottle cover with Simone Bensdorp in a workshop held at our Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre workshop, which is located upstairs in the former Boys’ High building at 28 Worcester Boulevard.

This workshop is free/low-cost for Community Service Card holders, though donations are appreciated. The standard workshop price of $64 applies for those without cards. Please select the appropriate option at the bottom of the page. 

In this workshop, Simone Bensdorp of Wild Felt will teach you how to make a cosy felt cover for your hot water bottle, using natural, undyed, New Zealand wool and traditional felting techniques. Wool felt-making is the oldest known way to make fabric, simply by combining wool, soap and water. This handmade product requires no fancy machines or chemicals, it is a simple practice that anyone can learn and use.

You will design and make your own felt hottie cover and leave with the skills to continue felting other basic objects at home. Please bring two towels and a bar of soap, plus your hottie (so you can try it on for size!). All other materials will be provided. It is also a good idea to bring a spare bag for your towels and case as they may still be wet after the class.

Masks are required for this workshop.

Simone Bensdorp is a textile artist and teacher with a passion for sustainability and creativity. Her work is grounded by a philosophy of resourcefulness, using local, repurposed and sustainable materials wherever possible. She is committed to keeping traditional felt making skills alive, while continuing to expand and push boundaries with contemporary techniques.

Simone's workshops aim to equip people with practical skills, whilst providing a safe space for creative expression and learning. She loves sharing the knowledge of traditional crafts, and the inevitable stories, laughter and connections that come with it.


Bookings are non-refundable 

A credit may be issued if you are unable to attend due to illness or COVID isolation and advise Rekindle as soon as possible, prior to your workshop. A transfer fee may apply.

Credits will not be issued with less than 24 hours notice given. 



We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand, and from Te Matatiki Toi Ora the Arts Centre.


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