Wairarapa Creative Workshops


Art has been such a huge part of my life. Our matriarch of the whānau, mum, was always creating. Our clothes were all handmade by our mother, and sold in our family business, a children’s clothing store. Painting, pottery, screenprinting, baking, weaving to gardening and even floristry, mum has always been my most inspiring role model and always shared and encouraged us to be part of a colourful world. Naturally, I went on to study the arts in a number of area’s and have different qualifications and certifications I am extremely proud of. I have mum to thank for that, and so, I dedicate this space of the blog for her (love you mum).

I will be attending workshops all across the Wairarapa and this is where you’ll find our creative vendors and artists hosting them. I will continue to update this blogpost one-workshop-at-a-time and here you will find all the info you’ll ever need.


Palliser Ridge

  • Natural Dye Class
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Featherston, Wairarapa South
  • Cost: $95pp

Keiry Belton, The Kindly Dyer, hosts her famous Natural Dye Classes at the Palliser Ridge Woolshed. You will receive 3x 50g skeins of pre-mordanted Palliser Ridge natural lamb’s wool, if that’s not enough there is extra wool for purchase. Try different natural dyes, from both locally sourced plant materials and exotic natural dye materials and enjoy getting creative experimenting with combinations of dyes and techniques to create a range of colours. What’s extra special is the wool used is from the exact woolshed we worked away in, shorn off Palliser Ridges very own well-loved lambs! The cost includes a delicious afternoon tea and beverages. My wool turned out exactly how I wanted it, a warm-walnut colour, and as it be, made with real walnut dye! My talented mum weaved my wool into my husbands Korowai. So special!

For more info:

Palliser Ridge host a number of creative events, they are almost always booked out so get in QUICK! Check out their events page here.


The Purple Dhalia


  • Summer Bouquet Workshop
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Coco Masterton, Queen Elizabeth Park, Wairarapa
  • Cost: $40

Pip, one half of the dynamic hubby & wife duo behind The Purple Dhalia runs creative floral workshops using locally grown flowers from The Purple Dahlia’s very own flower garden based in Masterton all throughout the year. At this workshop we learned how to create a stunning summery bouquet and additionally learned all about their sustainably grown flowers, along with plastic-free, fully compostable products we were using. I made some new friends and very much indulged in the yummy high-tea and coffee from the Coco Team.

For more info:

Contact Pip – purpledahliaflowers@gmail.com


Be sure to visit again! I will be updating this post… one-workshop-at-a-time!



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