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New Craft Group in Lane Cove, Sydney

The Neighbourhood centre at Lane Cove, Sydney wants to start a social group for people to indulge their crafty pursuits (whatever they may be) in a social, fun and friendly environment. They are open to all crafters: knitters, crocheters, quilters, needleworkers, tatters, jewellery makers, folk artists, scrap bookers, whatever craft takes your fancy.

The group will be held at their centre at 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove on a Thursday evening.

To determine if the group would be successful, they ask interested people to express their interest by , Facebooking Meeting House Neighbourhood Centre or by phoning 9427 1841.

Cost: $5 per person with tea and coffee provided

A Small Mill Survey

hopes to put together a project for a complete small wool processing mill here in Australia aimed at small farmers (1 to 200+ shed). She is at the information gathering stage of her business plan and would like small fibre producers to complete a short survey.

Call for Applications

To celebrate the first twenty one years, WAFTA is inviting textile artists to submit entries for their juried exhibition to be held in June and July 2016.

Entries should be explore and celebrate the emotionally evocative, tactile, sculptural and sensory qualities of fibre and textiles in the 21st Century.

Entrants will be asked to push their practice to expand their engagement with the medium.

The exhibition twentyONE+ will be held at:

Spectrum Project Space
Mount Lawley, WA
17 June to 7 July 2016

Online entries open 1st January 1, 2016, and close on 1 March.

Entrants should submit photos of the completed work with the entry.

For full details of the conditions of entry see the WAFTA web site.

Scrumbling with Prudence Mapstone

The Prudence Mapstone workshops held at the beginning of March were very well-attended. The venue was the Burwood RSL, which was great. It had the advantage of free parking and easy access to their bistros and coffee bar.

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Apple Day Fleece to Garment, Tallong

We look forward to seeing fleece to garment teams bright and early at Tallong Apple Festival, 3 May, all we need is some good weather!

If you need access by car to unload gear and equipment, please arrive in good time so you can unload and park your car outside the site before 9.00am. After that time no cars are allowed on site. I will be on site from 6.00am to help if needed, and also on site in the hall on Saturday afternoon if anyone wants to drop off gear.

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International Back to Back Wool Challenge 2015

Objective: To complete the sweater/jumper, following the identical International Wool Challenge rules and pattern exactly, within a day.

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February Guest Speaker: Margaret McKenna

Margaret loves colour and fibre. While still at school, she wove a long wall hanging that has linen/hemp, natural and dyed hand spun wool and slits. Since then she has moved to knitting the lovely colours, making shapes of glazed porcelain [Margaret donated one of her neck pieces for us to raffle] and, most recently, embroidery. She loves making things and needs to do things with her hands even though along the way she developed carpal tunnel syndrome that did not respond well to surgery. She finds that when she is doing hand work she must sit up straight with a pillow behind her back to protect her hands.

Because of the aftermath of her surgery she is very sympathetic to people in pain. Margaret realised that much of our brain is involved with the nerves in our hands and that if she stressed and worried about getting back at the surgeon, the healing process would be blocked. The corollary works: if you are using your hands, you cannot obsess about what worries you. Out of everything bad, something good comes.

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Wool Road Spinners and Weavers Inc Shop Until You Drop Bus Trip Melbourne 2015

They are again organising our bus trip to Melbourne and welcome you to join. They have not finalised the destinations due to new ones being added and old ones that have closed being dropped.

When: Sunday 12 July to Saturday 18 July

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award

The Call for Entries for the 2015 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award is now open. The entry form can be downloaded on their website (PDF).

The value of the acquisitive award has been increased to $10,000 in 2015.

If you have any questions or if you would like a hard copy of the entry form posted out. Please the Exhibitions Officers (Susan Murphy and Sally Huguenin).

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Scarf Exchange 2015

2015 the year of the Sheep/Goat is an excellent period for all the Chinese zodiac signs.

The element for this year is wood and the lucky colour is green. The sheep is the eighth sign in Chinese astrology and number 8 is considered to be a very lucky number. It symbolises wisdom, fortune and prosperity.

The West Australian Hand Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild is sponsoring a scarf exchange. To join the 22nd year of the Scarf Exchange with Year of the sheep/goat as the theme, send 150 grams of fibre and the entry form by March 27, 2015, and you will receive a different package of fibre by the end of April 2015.

To make the article, the fibre may be spun, felted, woven, knitted, dyed, crocheted and/or a combination of crafts.

Closing date for the return of the article to Western Australia will be 28 August 2015. We will return your original fibre in the form of scarf, shawl, beanie, hat and/or bag with the details of the person who made it.

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