By Dace Vare
The Ryeland fleece for the Guild’s Rare Breed Spinning Project to celebrate our 70th anniversary was obtained from Marylyn and Des Stevens at Hallylulya, who have been breeding Ryeland sheep since 1955. In fact, when they got married, Marylyn brought her Ryeland sheep with her, which was the start of their flock. The initial reaction of the packers when we started parcelling up the Ryeland fleece was a bit erky perky. Do not despair! Just wash it and you will have a lovely white, bouncy fibre. Read More
We welcome all members of the Guild and all members of our network groups to participate in a tea towel exchange, as part of our 70th year celebrations in June 2017.
All you need to do is:
- weave four (4) tea towels and keep a weaving record of them;
- send in three (3) tea towels, each with a copy of the weaving record by 23rd June 2017 (details of “where” below); and,
- include a $10 entry fee with each set of three towels.
In exchange, you will receive three (3) different tea towels with their weaving records in August 2017. Read More
The Guild’s rare breed spinning project to help celebrate our 70th anniversary next year has been launched with a spin off of Romney fleece. The Romney Spinning Notes are available for those who want to keep a record of your thoughts and your work.
In 2015, the Guild, using Freda Neale funds, commissioned Marie Clews to train the weaving room staff at Inala Disability Service to develop projects suitable for their disabled clients.
Dulkara narrow weaving for bag strap.
The weaving room at Inala has 8 to 10 clients at a time. Marie has been attending the facility on a regular basis, either when the Inala clients are weaving or after hours to instruct the Inala teacher. The teachers at Inala have no previous weaving experience. Marie said, “Since there is usually only one other aide in the room, the teacher cannot spend much time learning the basics of weaving.” Some of the clients are capable of weaving by themselves, others need one-on-one help, while a few have been weaving for years very competently. Read More
Following the talk by Katherine Henry in April about the Australian Rare Breed Project (also on Facebook), the Guild began a special project to feature some of these breeds as part of the Guild’s 70th birthday celebrations in 2017. The Guild has decided to purchase the fleece of ten breeds, starting with Romney, Ryeland, Lincoln crossed with Hampshire Down, Perendale and Dorset Down. Read More
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.
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.
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.
Objective: To complete the sweater/jumper, following the identical International Wool Challenge rules and pattern exactly, within a day.
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.
Competition to be conducted at Agricultural Society, Group & State Level. A group of three items are submitted to a local show. The winners at that level are entered in a zone competition at a later show. The winners of the zone competition, are entered to the RAS in Sydney at Easter.