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- Taking a short break -

November 6th 2017 we welcomed a baby boy to the world. I'm taking some time off workshops while we settle in with our newest family member and I hope to be back running workshops in April 2018. If you are interested in doing a workshop with me, please let me know! I'll email you when I set a date and start taking bookings for the workshops again. 



Newcastle workshops are usually held monthly at our favourite fabric and yarn store, Mulberry and Flax - Shop 2, 104 Maitland Road, Islington. 


Hey, I'm Rainie, the weaver behind The Unusual Pear!
I have run over 40 weaving workshops and taught over 300 amazing people the wonderful art of weaving in a ton of different locations over the past few years. I've taught in Newcastle (regularly), Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Brisbane and even as far as New Jersey USA!
My weaving workshops are perfect for beginners. They have a relaxed vibe which allows you to learn at your own pace. I aim to keep my workshops intimate, only having around 8 bookings per workshop (subject to demand in out of town locations) to ensure I have enough freedom to guide everyone through the process equally. 

Etsy reviews from weaver-birds I have had the pleasure of teaching

"Weaving workshop was fun, informative, very well presented and put together and exceptional value for money! Very successful in my opinion and fabulous for those who want to try something new/ creative :)" - Jenni
"Such a great class. Rainie so patient with all our questions and I just love my first piece! Thank you" - Jacqueline
"Had a wonderful time. Rainie was a great teacher and I'm looking forward to creating something beautiful with my loom. Highly recommended workshop." - Valerie
"It was lots of fun, and Rainie was a patient and helpful teacher. I loved it!"- Amanda
"I loved this workshop so much. Three hours went way too fast, but obviously a sign of a good time being had. And I am really happy with my little creation. Thanks so much Rainie." - Natasha
"Such a fun workshop! Not only did we learn different weaving techniques but we got to take home our finished weave and goodies to keep going. Thank you The Unusual Pear!!" - Bec
"I had the most wonderful time learning from Rainie in the presence of such positive, like-minded women! Rainie is a great teacher and we all went home with completed pieces. Mine is already hanging above my bed. :)" - Morgan
"The workshop was amazing!! Extensive and incredibly enjoyable. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn how to weave." - Heidi
"Rainie is amazing! Great workshop, I learnt a lot!" - Sandy
"Amazing class in amazing space. Can't wait for the next one! (2017? Wishful thinking!)" - Cristina
"A fantastic introduction to weaving. I found your workshop really worthwhile and inspiring. So many tips & tricks!! A must for anyone who uses an Unusual Pear loom or wants to learn weaving in general! Thanks Rainie" - Kels O'Sullivan
"Great fun learned a lot... Lovely teacher. Just can't stop weaving now!" - Kirsten
"What an amazing workshop!! Now I can't stop" - Kate
"Rainie was lovely and friendly and so helpful. I had a great time and feel like I can do my own weaving now. Thanks Rainie!" - Bonnie
"Amazing workshop with The Unusual Pear - I would love to do another one with her! Really informative, learnt a lot. Lovely company and food for the workshop! Please do another one! :-)" - Kerri-Ann
"A wonderful introduction to weaving. Rainie delivers lots of useful information in a very calm and positive manner. The tools provided are of excellent quality. I left feeling inspired and confident to create further projects on my own. Would recommend this workshop to anyone interested in weaving." - Gai
"Such a wonderful afternoon! Stunning wool and materials supplied. Highly recommended" - Frances