About the Event
Convergence is a gathering of felt makers held every two years, alternately in New Zealand and Australia, and hosted by a different group in a different location each time.
The first convergence was held in New Zealand when a group of feltmakers got together to share their knowledge and ideas about felt. Since then it has grown to an exciting and dynamic event looked forward to by many felters. The sharing of knowledge is still the theme of convergence today.
We are excited to announce the 15th Convergence will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand at The Rydges Resort, 22-27 September 2019. All workshops, the exhibition and traders will be on-site. Participants make their bookings direct with The Rydges, or are free to find alternative accommodation at their discretion.
The registration fee covers all workshops, morning and afternoon teas and lunches on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, morning tea only on Wednesday, as well as a Welcome Dinner and Opening on Monday evening.
Wednesday afternoon, including lunch, will be free time outside the hotel to take in the sights of the region.
Two optional events (not included in Registration cost) will be on the programme.
One will be the Celebration to mark our 15th anniversary to be held at Walter Peak High Country Station homestead, including crossing beautiful Lake Wakatipu in the famous steamer, The Earnslaw; and the second is the Finale, our closing dinner, when felted fashions will be paraded between courses.
Members of the organising committee are, with one exception, members of the Southern Fun Felters’ group, based in Cromwell, Central Otago. It is Creative Fibre NZ’s newest group, having been formed about 18 months ago. The one exception, Shona Schofield, Ashburton, is responsible for the 2019 Southern Hemisphere Felters’ Convergence coming to Queenstown, New Zealand, so a key member, having nominated Queenstown as the 2019 host.
Convenor: Gillian (Gill) Shaw
Roxburgh, Central Otago
Being a high country farmer, my life has evolved around animals that produce fine fibres – Merino sheep and Angora goats. I learned to knit, spin and felt at an early age but have only become a serious felter in recent years.
I love to explore the felting medium using many and varied materials and found objects in my work, texture and colour always providing a challenge. Most of my inspiration evolves from Mother Nature’s abundance of both and I have to confess to being another addicted fine fibre felter.
Registrations: Carole Hyndman
Roxburgh, Central Otago
My passion for wool began very early. I went to university to do a wool degree and became a professional wool classer in both Australia and New Zealand. Spinning, weaving and felting now occupies all my spare time.
Exhibition and Fashion parade: Shona Schofield
Growing up living in Ashburton, I have always been interested in many different crafts. Once I was introduced to sheep and wool I got hooked with fibre related arts – dyeing, carding, spinning and felting. Feltmaking is my biggest love, a passion which started in 1991 when I first tried it. I am happiest when I am designing and creating unique garments and accessories, or tutoring and inspiring others to catch the same bug.
Tutors: Bev Muir
Cromwell, Central Otago
Bev has been felting for many years and now leads the Southern Fun Felters creative fibre group based in Cromwell. While living on a sheep farm she loved nothing better than working with the wool in the woolshed, and while living in Australia on and off for 15 years took the opportunity to take classes with many great tutors. Now she loves nothing better than teaching and supporting others, particularly the young, in the wonder and versatility of this ancient craft.
Traders: Maureen McKenzie
Alexandra, Central Otago
Maureen has always had a great passion for wool, previously machine and hand knitting.
16 years ago she and husband Ian bought a lifestyle block in Balclutha and breed coloured sheep. Then Raewyn Penrose came to Milton and taught FELTING – Maureen had found her passion. Many tutors later and exploring has lead to making fine Merino garments and accessories. Just Love It!
Organising Committee: Ruth Corbett
I have always enjoyed working with textiles, particularly quilting, patchwork and toy making. In a career that included farming for many years I developed a particular love of fine Merino wool and becoming a felter was a natural progression from that. My particular delight now is working with very fine Merino wools and the making of three dimensional articles.
Organising Committee: Jillian Gunn
I have been felting for 13 years and am especially passionate about needle felting making 3D figures, trees, masks and boats and have recently moved to beautiful Queenstown.