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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Three Wool Items Competition

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.

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Bothwell Spin-In

The 2015 Spin-In committee plans to introduce something new while keeping to the traditions of the Bothwell Spin-In. Their competitions page will have information soon. Just a hint, it involves sheep and alpacas.
For those who enjoy making something for the Mary Simon perpetual trophy, the form is now on the website. The 2015 Spin-In item will be a throw rug.

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Portuguese Influence

We recently had visitor from Portugal, Lurdes Borralho. Lurdes has Esquilo, a small, on-line presence, from Portugal. She started making unique handbags and has more recently worked on a rigid heddle loom.
While in Australia she wanted to learn to weave on a multi-shaft loom. We couldn’t make it happen at Summer School, so I gave her my class notes for dressing a loom and she came to the Guild to hire a multi-shaft loom.

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The Bra Show

The Frayed Edges of Quaama, a far NSW south coast fibre arts group, will sponsor The Bra Show, an exhibition in aid of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Opening at 6pm Friday, May 9 at the Lazy Lizard Gallery, Cobargo, the Bra Show will run through May and continue over the Eat Think Create weekend of 6-9 June.

“From crochet to concrete, in fibre and feathers, felt, wire and wood, found objects or Granny’s lace, we invite you to contribute the fruits of your fancies, however outrageous, to this great cause. Remember that men get breast cancer too, as well as often being the main support of women survivors. So get out your chisels, chainsaws, needles, paints and brushes, and express yourselves!”

No charge for entries, forms from Cathy. All bras and entry forms needed by 1 May.

Kiama Show 2014

The 166th Kiama Show was held recently and the spinning, weaving and felting classes were again very successful with more than 85 entries!
Our judge, Denise Stephens did an excellent job judging such a large number of entries. She commented that the work exhibited was very diverse and of a high standard.
Our lovely display attracted many favourable comments and the area was abuzz with visitors who enjoyed the spinning, weaving, bobbin lace and felting demonstrations. Many thanks to the members of the Wollongong Handweavers and Spinners who demonstrated during both days, to Kris Supierz for running the childrens workshops, to members of the Bobbin Lacemakers for their participation and to the Illawarra Feltmakers who demonstrated and ran felt ball-making workshops.

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Craft Alive

Craft Alive is a company that has specialised in regional Arts and Craft expos throughout NSW and Vic for over 25 years. They are looking for feature exhibitors at their shows for 2014. They want beautiful work, demonstrations and master class leaders. They expect over 4,000 visitors at 3-day events.
A guild would be offered a complimentary site for a 2-day show, that includes two exhibitor passes and a trestle table.
They will hold shows this year at:

  • Seymour, 14 -16 February
  • Armidale, 15-16 March
  • Dubbo, 28-30 March
  • Morwell, 11-13 April
  • Bendigo, 20-22 June
  • Wodonga, 4-6 July
  • Warrnambool, 11-13 July
  • Broken Hill, 26-27 July
  • Wagga, 1-3 August
  • Tamworth, 12-14 September

Petite Miniature Textiles

Entries are now open for the biennial Petite Miniature Textiles exhibition from any Australian artists working in textile and/or fibre. The exhibition will be on display from 14 June to 27 July in Gallery 1 and will be complemented by a concurrent installation of fibre-based work by Melbourne artist Dana Harris in Gallery 2.

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5000 Poppies

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in WWI. In 2015, there will be a large number of activities to commemorate the ANZAC Gallipoli landing.
From its association with the poppies which flowered in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, the poppy has become a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind. As part of the 2015 ANZAC Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will plant a field of more than 5000 poppies in Fed Square, Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australians who serve in peace keeping operations, conflicts and wars.

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A virtual dye plant garden for the Guild

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Dye Plant Garden next to our Guild rooms? It would catch the attention of local gardeners and passers-by. We could show off our wealth of experience and share with other craftspeople the skill of transforming wool and cotton fibres with strong and rich colours.
Alas! Who knows if the chance will ever come up. 
Why not, instead, start up a Virtual Garden? Here we are, all across Sydney, Greater Sydney and beyond, with plants growing in our gardens that we use – or have experimented with! Imagine if we could list all our plants – if we could produce a map showing all the suburbs and municipalities where we grow dye plants – a huge footprint for the Guild.

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