Drop spindle spinning (Whakatū)

Learn the traditional craft of hand spinning using a simple drop spindle.


$98.00 per person



About this experience

Sep 7, 10am-2pm

During this workshop you’ll learn the key skills to start hand spinning beautifully soft yarn to use in your knitting, crochet or weaving projects. By learning to use a simple drop spindle, you’ll engage in an ancient craft that has been practised throughout the world for thousands of years. You will be provided with local wool and have the opportunity to purchase a drop spindle to take home to continue your spinning journey.

Please note:

  • All materials and tools will be provided.

  • This workshop is for adults.


Bookings are Non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays, and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


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.

Your Host

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Annie Mackenzie maintains an artistic practice as a weaver and spinner, occasional dyer, and gardener. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Canterbury but learnt her craft through the New Zealand Woolcrafts Society of Spinners and Weavers Guilds. Through her practice she celebrates the beauty of wool from fleece to yarn to cloth. Annie is now based on Te Tai o Poutini, the West Coast and teaches drop spindle spinning in Whakatū.