Weaved or Wove?

There is a very interesting explanation about the origin of the words weaved and wove on Michael Quinion’s excellent WorldWideWords web site
Weaved or Wove?WorldWideWords

Certificate of Competence in Hand Spinning Information Day Report

We had a very successful day, with all present participating and communicating well. The advisory panel answered questions from the students as we went through the course booklet. The panel was also able to give helpful information about the course and what is expected of the students, eg deadlines for submission of work, that no names should appear on submitted work, fees, checks on spinning throughout the course (if requested).

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East Timor Weaving Tour

Itinerary: The tour begins with two days in Dili visiting local projects. On day 3, participants have the choice to make a day trip to visit the Maubara basket weavers or stay in Dili for a conference about sustainable livelihoods. On day 4 head east to Com with its stunning beaches and spectacular Tais. On day 5 head inland to Los Palos, renowned for its strong traditions for the first of the weaving workshops. On day 6, go through the hills to the isolated sub-district of Iliomar for two days of workshops culminating in a celebration feast with the community in appreciation for their hospitality. Day 10 to Baucua. Day 11 return to Dili to visit local sites.

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Discover Natural Fibres Conference

This conference is being held in Dunedin, New Zealand, at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first University. This will be the first joint conference of branches of the Textile Institutes in New Zealand and Australia. Both the conference theme and sub-topics are relevant to challenges facing those with diverse interests in natural fibres.
The conference objectives are to:

  • recognise and celebrate the United Nations Year of natural fibres
  • examine current issues related to natural fibres in Australasia – production, processing, development of niche products, use, disposal
  • facilitate discussion among those working with textiles manufactured from natural fibres – such as members of the Textile Institute and other professionals (academics, curators/ collection managers/conservators, industrialists, students and technologists)

When: 15-17 April

My Annual Summer Retreat

As I do each January, I made my way from Coramba to Sydney for the Guild’s annual Summer School.
This year choosing my courses was even more difficult than usual. There were so many great workshops to choose from but some were on at the same time as others. After some deliberation I made my choices. I selected four workshops. A day travelling in each direction – I was having a ten day fibre holiday.

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Orange Forum: 19-25 April 2009

Catharine Ellis from the USA is featuring next April in Orange with a spectacular workshop on Woven Shibori Shaping and Special Fibre Effects where “participants will begin to grasp the unlimited options open to them when various kinds of fibres and processes are combined in the finished cloth as shaping and texture are explored using polyesters, crepe spun yarn, felting and felt resist, cross dyeing and burn out.” Some dyeing will also be explored. This workshop is still open for enrolment.
Others in which you can take part include:
Leather Breastplates & Body Adornments: tutor Rick McGill
Faces/Figure/Expressions: tutor Cheryl Bridgart
Digital Photography: tutor Steve Gonsalves
Paper/Bags/Embroidery: tutor Isobel Hall (UK)
Running Stitch with Style: tutor Jan Irvine-Nealie
Bags of Felt: tutor Rachel Meek
Procion MX Dyeing: tutor Heide Stoll-Weber (Germany)
Luscious Leather Bags: tutor Yvonne Twining
Glass Beadmaking: tutor Kathryn Wardill
And there’s the Scrumblers/Loopers Mini-Forum:
From Square to Eternity: tutors Ashforth & Plummer (UK)
Fizzy Fibre Loops: tutor Susan Bowring-Miller
Creative Looping: tutors Jenny Dowde & Lynne Johnson
Full details on tutors, plus course descriptions from:
Janet De Boer: or phone (07) 3300 6491
Or go to:

Do You Want to Expand or Consolidate Your Spinning Knowledge?

The Certificate of Competence in Hand Spinning Parts A and B are available to all members of the Guild as a self-guided study comprehensive spinning course. The course was set up by members of the Guild to maintain a standard of spinning knowledge and skills throughout the spinning community.

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Weaving Knitting

After carefully knitting pattern sections it is difficult to sew cast off edges together and get a smooth seam. It is much easier to graft them together before they are cast off. This also eliminates the problem of sometimes pulling the cast off too tight and distorting the edge.
This method is known as grafting or Kitchener stitch.

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Spinning for Shows

When spinning for exhibition and shows be sure to choose fleece wisely. Choose one that is:

  1. clean, to minimise preparation, leaving more time for the spinning
  2. open, to permit easy drafting
  3. the correct length for the type of yarn, eg short for woollen, longer for worsted
  4. the correct type for the project, eg Lincoln for rugs, merino for fine work

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Spinning Mohair

It is important to choose suitable Mohair (fleece of the Angora goat) for your end purpose.
Superfine kid mohair runs about 23 micron and is over 150 mm long. Fine kid may be between 23 and 27 micron and both are the result of the first shearing and should contain no kemp (short, dead white fibres which are coarse and will not accept dye).
Young goat (second shearing) is still soft and silky but the ringlets will be less tightly curled and the individual fibres will be coarser. Adult mohair, over 33 microns, should not be used in garments which will touch the skin but may be wonderful woven into a knee rug and brushed. Avoid any fleece with kemp or dandruff and fleece from a working buck.

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