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Flax fibres . . . Timaru Creative Fibre members Marilyn Rathgen (left) and Heather Moss make flax flowers during a meeting on Monday. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN
Weaving ways . . . Timaru Creative Fibre group member Koa Mantell (right) shows off her woollen Maori creations to Karen Bower (left), which inspired the Maori weaving class at the meeting on Monday. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Timaru Creative Fibre members learned about Maori weaving last week.

Their twice-monthly meeting, held at the netball pavilion in Morgans Rd on Monday last week, focused on Maori weaving, including flax flowers.

Member Koa Mantell had inspired the group’s interest in the traditional craft, after creating several woollen designs including Maori rock art designs.

The group had taken a trip to the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre last month and the Monday session was a continuation of that, member Heather Moss said.

Woolly warmth . . . Timaru Creative Fibre member Dale Milne displays some of the knitted woollen baby singlets the group members created, which were donated to Timaru Plunket earlier this week. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

Fellow weaver Dale Milne showed off the group’s recent project: creating woollen singlets for Timaru babies, which were to be donated to Plunket.

The group meets on the first and third Monday of the month, from 10am to 1pm.

They will also host an open day on August 6 – these days often attracted weavers, knitters and other fibre creatives from as far afield as Christchurch and Oamaru.

The open day, which is held once every two years, will be held at Timaru Bridge Club in Wilson St.