Rock Ridge Craft School

Welcome to the home of crafts

Welcome to Rock Ridge Craft School – a dream begun in the week we purchased our farm in Little Sydney Valley in 2006. Come and learn how to transform fleece into fashion, how to use a traditional craft to make something someone will treasure.

Take time to enjoy life on a farm. At Rock Ridge we have sheep – white and coloured, and alpacas of various colours. Fleece and yarn are available for purchase. You will also see a range or hens wandering about and Harry the cat is sure to meet and greet. Or bring your own fleece to Rock Ridge Craft School and learn to sort, wash, dye, card, spin, knit, crochet or weave.

Come and enjoy time in our renovated shearing shed – time it right and there could be shearing or wool sorting to watch. A great place for children and parents or grandparents to relearn the traditional methods.

Don’t have space for a weaving loom but would love to have a go. Come and learn anyway. There are table looms, a variety of floor looms and a rug loom. Help is available to design and set up your project and then just sit there and weave.

Bring yourself, your family or your friends. 

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Come and learn or relearn the old crafts and not just knitting and weaving. Come and learn with me how to use a knitting machine, a sock making machine, how to sew, how to use an overlocker. My grandmother taught me tatting, cross stitch and embroidery, and I watched her make lace. My mother taught me sewing and she learnt spinning and weaving. A friend has given me the loom my dad made for my mum. Mum also learnt macramé. We learnt cane basket weaving at school. Have a go at leather work, embellishing your clothes or accessories with patches, fabric paints, or bead work.

Advance your craft skill with special tutors, online courses, and access to a vast library of books and DVD’s.

Those at High School – is this an opportunity for NCEA credits or Gateway work experience? Could this be a step towards tertiary education at NMIT or University? There will also be opportunities to display your work at local and national exhibitions and competitions.

Could this be a fun and friendly way to create for yourself, your family, your friends or for income?

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