Saturday 4 June, 10am-2.30pm, Eucalyptus printed hottie covers

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

In this workshop you will learn to make a cosy felt cover for your hot water bottle, then dye it with eucalyptus leaves to create a colourful design. This workshop is suitable for beginners and two different skills will be taught: wet felting and eco-printing.

First we will create the hot water bottle covers, using traditional wet felting techniques and natural New Zealand merino wool. Once the felting is complete, we will use eucalyptus leaves to eco-print vibrant colours onto the felt. Expect to create shades of orange and brown with the Eucalyptus leaves. 

Please note: This workshop is for adults only please, as it is not suitable for children.

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.

Refund/credit requests

Participants who have COVID 19 symptoms, or who are required to self-isolate due to being a close contact, must not attend the workshop.

If you need to miss the workshop in order to isolate, we need to be advised of this as soon as possible, so that we can try to fill your space. Depending on the circumstances, you will either be offered a refund or a credit.

Refunds or credits will not be given if participants arrive to the workshop unwell and they will be asked to leave.


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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