Natural fibres/tuition/local art
For the love of wool
Rewa Rewa Station is farmed by Patrizia and her late partner Rod. Patrizia is passionate about natural fibres and has her own flock of 50 coloured sheep to gather fibre from. The small flock consists of Polwarth, Romney x Corriedale and Gotland Pelt Sheep. Patrizia, an Italian Interior Designer, began a very steep learning curve when they purchased a Hill Country Sheep & Beef farm in Tinui. There is now a Craft Studio on the farm where you can purchase yarn, fibre and knitted goods. Or, for those keen to learn knitting, spinning or natural dyeing classes may be an option.
Old weaving techniques
Old weaving looms make beautiful fabrics: A chance encounter with a person who knew of three pedal powered heritage looms sent to NZ after WW II to help the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and which were gathering dust in a South Otago shed led to a new venture for a young South Otago couple.
Rachel invites visitors to her property at Churton Park, a semi-rural suburb of Wellington City, to learn the craft of spinning woollen fleece into fine yarn, the craft of dying fabric into different colours, the felting of fleece into soft fabric and the making of woollen beanies and felt hats.