Christmas Stockings Workshop

Yes, Christmas is on its way again and many of us are looking closer to home to do their Christmas shopping.

This is your opportunity to not only do something locally but to also make it yourself.
What better way to get into the Christmas vibe, get your creative on and make a Christmas stocking for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

In this workshop we look at the fun you can have with recycling, reusing, re-purposing of fabrics, textiles, buttons embellishments, odd bits and bobs. Making them come to life as something new in the shape of a Christmas stocking.

Let nostalgia rule, let your imagination flow, share creative ideas, relax and enjoy.

Workshop 1: Saturday, December 4th 10 am to 12
Venue: Re-made Taupo Alterations
NB: Please be mindful of neighboring businesses as parking can be limited at times.
$35.00 per person ( R16)
10 people per workshop ( a minimum of 6 to run the workshop)

All materials provided

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Past Workshops

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Hats & Fascinators Workshop

Melbourne Cup Day, Hats & Fascinators Workshop
After the great feedback I received from doing these workshops at Te Awamutu Museum in January this year and with everybody wanting more, I decided to run them again, here at my studio in Taupo in time for Melbourne Cup Day.

You’ve got the outfit, the shoes are polished, the handbag is just right…. all you need now is something to give that finishing touch. And what better way to do that than with a flamboyant hat or a sophisticated fascinator.

Let your imagination run free, give your creative ideas life by crafting your own masterpiece. You can be as subtle or as outrageous as you like. Compliment, clash, or colour match, it’s totally up to you.

It’s going to be Fabulous darlings. All the materials are provided, just bring your enthusiasm and creativity. Get in register and book your place in one of the two workshops.

Workshop 1: Saturday, October 23rd 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Workshop 2: Sunday, October 24th 10.00 am to 12
Venue: Re-made Taupo Alterations
NB: Please be mindful of neighboring businesses as parking can be limited at times.
$45.00 per person ( R16)
10 people per workshop ( a minimum of 6 to run the workshop)

Workshop Outline
Make do and Mend: Fascinators and Hats
In this workshop you will be making either a fascinator or embellishing and redesigning a hat, being able to walk away wearing what you have made, feeling Melbourne Cup-tastic.
Using repurposing materials that have been sourced for you, and then manipulating these things in new ways to create something fun and useable.
You will be doing the following: hand sewing, cutting, getting an eye for styling, some glue gun use, and using your imagination to bring your creations to life.
Incorporating the ethos of Make Do and Mend, where we take things that exist and make something new from them, to be mindful of not wasting or throwing away things, thinking about how we can reuse things. And remember how many years ago that making do with what you have, mending things, and reusing them was a part of everyday life. Being mindful about how we can bring this way of thinking back into our own everyday life.

Provided by Connie:
Materials: Hats, headbands, hair clips, cotton thread, men’s ties, lace, fabric remnants, buttons, beads, embellishments, bits, and bobs.
Equipment: glue gun and glue sticks, sewing needles, scissors, snips.

Fancy Workshop Booking Form

Make Do & Mend Workshop: Fascinators & Hats 

Tutored by: Connie Takarangi

Mon 18 Jan, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Tuesday 19 Jan, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Wed 20 Jan, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Venue: Te Awamutu Museum 135 Roche Street

Level: Open 

Age: 16yrs + 

COST: $10 per session

If you’ve always wanted to reuse, recycle, re-purpose, rethink and up-cycle something in your wardrobe then here is your chance. Connie Takarangi, a fashion designer from Taupō, will be presenting a series of ‘Make Do & Mend’ workshops. Connie scours second-hand stores for materials, breathing new life into them through design and creative art techniques.

Skill: All participants will enjoy sewing, hand sewing, styling, can use a glue gun, possess creative imagination or explore ideas to make amazing creations.

Bookings Essential: 10 participants per session, phone 07 872 0085 or


For more details see Te Awamutu Museum website

Or on there Facebook page

Read more about this Workshop on our blog

You could also read an interesting article on these workshops published in the Waikato News, NZ Herald

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Tutored by: Connie Takarangi

Time: 9 AM – 11 AM

ROOM: 1 

Venue: Active Arts building, 5 Redoubt St, Taupo 

Level: Open 

Age: 14yrs + 

COST: $45 or attend any 3 for $120

Do you want to JaZZ up your jacket, emBellish your hat or bag? Do you have a favourite garment that needs some Tender Loving Care? PERFECT TIMING! In this ReVamp workshop, we will do all those sorts of things as well as having the opportunity to try out new ideas, learn something new and be inspired by each other’s creativity. Discover what you can do with those bits of broken jewellery and things like zippers you have stashed away for a rainy day. So RAID your scrap box, bring in the bliNg, forage in your craft drawers, bring in 2-3 garments, and/or accessory ( e.g hat, handbag or bag). Even if you have something that needs a bit of mending, button fixing and you’re not sure where to start? Bring that in too. Most importantly bring your creative groove and that radiant smile. 

Partial materials included. You will need to bring in your own garment or item/s to ReVamp* 

• There will be some limited materials provided for Revamping. It is advised to bring some of your own bits & bobs, beads, yarn, old bits of jewellery, buttons, quirky stuff, whatever you fancy adding to your items. 

• Practical items will be provided as in needles, scissors, threads, some glue. 

• A basic domestic sewing machine will be available for use if needed. Remember you have

2 hours of creative bliss, so pace yourselves. 

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I am a Creative Upcycle Artist with a special interest in costume design and Repurposing garments and textiles. My mahi has a lean towards a Steampunk, olde worlde vibe, taking you on a fantasy journey, being able to encompass a feeling, a story, portray a character through the medium of clothing and textiles. 

My special techniques of hand sewing and embellishing are parts of my practice that are unique. I am able to manipulate fabrics and other items to build up elements that makeup characters within my stories. The ethos of my practice focuses on Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Rethink. Where the concept of Make Do and Mend can be exciting and fun, using everyday objects and breathing a new life into them.

I have a Bachelors Degree of Creative Technologies, with a special interest in garment and fabric manipulation. I have been involved in multiple group exhibitions as well as my own solo exhibition. Costume designer and maker for a short film. Studied Art, Textile and Design in London for a BTECH LEVEL 3. Finalist and previous winner in the Taupo Hospice Creative catwalk. 

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