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Cultural Threads: A Punch Needle Exploration with Aroha Knits
Cultural Threads: A Punch Needle Exploration with Aroha Knits

Sat, Jul 13



Cultural Threads: A Punch Needle Exploration with Aroha Knits

Join Françoise from Aroha Knits to explore Te Ao Māori (Māori culture) through the art of punch needle!

Time & Location

Jul 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT


About the class

Join us for a unique three-hour workshop hosted by Françoise of Aroha Knits, former LMA kaiako. “Cultural Threads” merges the art of punch needle embroidery with the rich traditions of Māori culture, focusing on the Tino Rangatiratanga motif—a symbol of Māori sovereignty.

Françoise will guide you through punch needle techniques suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced crafters. While you create, you’ll also learn about the significance of the Tino Rangatiratanga motif, gaining insight into its historical and cultural importance.

Workshop Highlights

  • Hands-On Guidance: Francoise provides clear, step-by-step instructions to help you master punch needle embroidery.
  • Cultural Insights: Discover the deep meanings behind the Tino Rangatiratanga motif as you stitch.
  • Crafting Kit Included: Receive everything you need to start and finish your beautiful punch needle piece.
  • Engaging and Personal: Enjoy a warm, interactive setting that encourages questions and discussion.
  • Creative Keepsake: Take home your own crafted piece, rich with cultural significance and personal accomplishment.

Workshop Materials

A kit is available for purchase HERE

Last day to purchase the kit is June 28th, 2024

  • 5-inch Embroidery Hoop: Perfect size for handheld crafting.
  • Monk’s Cloth: A high-quality foundation fabric for punch needle embroidery.
  • Punch Needle (#14, Fine): Ideal for detailed work and fine threads.
  • Design Template: Featuring the Tino Rangatiratanga motif.
  • Tapestry Needle: For finishing touches.
  • Threads: A selection of colors to bring your design to life. Worsted weight/8 ply yarn is recommended.

What You’ll Need to Bring:

  • Sharpie: For transferring your design onto the monk’s cloth.
  • Scissors: For cutting threads and trimming your finished piece.

Who should attend?

This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in crafts, cultural stories, or exploring new artistic expressions. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or new to needle crafts, you’ll leave with a piece of art, new skills, and deeper cultural understanding. Punch needle is a very beginner friendly craft, so if you’ve never considered yourself a “creative”, this craft form may change your mind!

Experience the fusion of culture and craft with Françoise—reserve your spot today for an enriching and creative journey!

About Your Kaiako (Teacher)

Françoise, with a decade in the fiber industry as both a knitwear designer and design coach, blends her rich Franco-Māori heritage into her work, creating pieces that resonate globally through their beauty and narrative depth. Residing in San Antonio, Texas, she's not only a skilled creator but also a mentor, guiding others in unlocking their creative potential. Her multifaceted background informs her vibrant, textured designs and her approach to coaching, making her a sought-after voice in the fiber arts community.

For more info email us at Ngā mihi!


  • General Admission (USD)

    *Please note the ticket price does not include the materials kit




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