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

Other Groups in NSW

When asked for the location of other spinning and weaving groups and when they meet, Guild members refer to our booklet Other Groups in NSW. We have used the same booklet for many years and it has got out of date. I have tried to get in touch with all the groups listed but not all of them have responded and I don’t know whether that is because they no longer function or because the address is wrong. Quite a few groups who no longer function did respond, with regret, to have their names crossed off our list. And I discovered a few new one by searching the Internet.
This is the list of active groups in NSW that I have collated. If you belong to a group, in addition to the HSW Guild NSW, please run your eye through these names. If your group’s name is not there, let us know so that I can add their meeting place, time of meeting and contact details to our list and to our web site.

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Blackheath Flower and Craft Show

Plant stall, cafe, mini workshops, entertainment.
When: Saturday noon-5.00pm, Sunday 8:30am-3.00pm
Where: Blackheath Community Halls, Great Western Hwy, Blackheath (opposite railway station)
Admission: adults $4, kids under 15 free
Exhibit entry times: Friday 3.00pm-8.00pm, Saturday 7.00am-9.00am. All entries are free.
Spinning and weaving enquiries: 6359 9777
Schedule: PDF

Sands Directories

The firm of John Sands Ltd (Printers and Stationers) published their directory each year from 1858-59 to 1932-33 (except for 1872, 1874, 1878 and 1881.) The household and business information it contains is a fundamental source for research into Sydney history, especially family history.
Until now, the directory was usually accessed through a microfiche edition made by WF Pascoe Ltd which is available at many public libraries. The City of Sydney obtained a complete digital edition of the directory from WF Pascoe, scanned from the microfiche and has made the complete set of Sands available and searchable online. Access is free.
Under Trades and Professions in the 1858-69 directory were no weavers. There were warehousemen, watchmakors, wellsinkors, wheelwrights, whipmakers, whitesmiths, wine merchants, wire-workers and wool brokers. Nor any spinners.
[According to Wikipedia a whitesmith, also known as a tinsmith, tinner, tinker, or tinplate worker, is a person who makes and repairs things made of light-coloured metal.]

(S)miles of Yarn

Spinning is a craft that has many antique words. This is a contemporary description of a spinning mill, that makes perfect sense… to a spinner:

The Carder is the heart of a fiber mill. Each feed of fiber is weighed and placed on the infeed belt. The swift carries the fiber forward. Straightened fibers are carried by the swift to the fancy. The fancy’s card cloth is designed to engage with the swift’s card cloth so that the fibers are lifted to the tips of the swift’s card cloth and carried by the swift to the doffer. The slowly turning doffer removes the fibers from the swift and carries them to the comb where they are stripped from the doffer. A fine web exits the carder.

The web can be turned into batts which are used in quilts and felt making, consolidated into roving, also referred to as sliver, which is further processed into yarns on cones and skeins.
Bumps, skeins, cones, etc may have meant something specific once. But these terms seem to be interchangeable. Added to this is the difference between English as she is spoke in different countries.

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Thrums: trash or treasure

We received the following email:

What do people do with the left over warp after they’ve cut the project from the loom? I don’t want to waste all that yarn.

Here are my ideas. What are yours?

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Achieve Australia

Crowle House used to be a treasure house of fibrey goodness in Concord. But it has been given a new name, Achieve Australia and moved to 112 Bowden Street, Meadowbank.
Trading hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.00am-2.00pm and the first Sunday of each month from 9.00am-12.00pm.
They want donations and volunteers as well as buyers.
P: 02 9807 3770
W: Achieve Australia

Workshop Etiquette

Arrive on time.
If you arrive late do not expect the tutor to devote more time to you than the other course participants. The tutor should not be expected to repeat information already covered simply because you were not on time.
Mobile phones should be turned off when possible. They are a distraction to the tutor and the other students.
Should there be a situation requiring you to be available on mobile, exit the room to accept the call.
Read all correspondence about your course thoroughly and be ready.
Bring all the required equipment to the workshop. Do not expect others to loan the course requirements to you. It is frustrating to have to ask to use your own equipment.
If your course has a materials fee please ensure you have the correct money ready for the assistant or tutor.
Always remember to bring and use all protective materials.
Should preparation work have been called for, you should have it all completed before the workshop. The tutor or other participants should not be hindered by your lack of preparation.
All equipment borrowed from the Guild should be returned by the borrower before the workshop is closed.
If the air conditioning is not your favourite thing – sit away from the unit. Others enjoy or need the AC from time to time. If those who don’t like the cool sit as far away as possible usually everyone can be kept happy.
Be aware of space. When sharing desks and tables try to remain aware of how much space you are using. It is very easy to spread too far when we get involved in creative pursuits and squeeze others into a too tight workspace.
Ask your tutor if photos or video recordings are allowed.
Come with an open mind and a sense of humour ready for a day of fun and learning with like-minded members and friends.

Freda Neale Grant 2013

Aim:       To give the joy of weaving particularly to the disadvantaged or handicapped
The deadline for the Freda Neale grant for 2013 has been extended until the end of June.
Applicants must be financial members of the Guild but the grant need not be distributed to that member/s: it may be applied to another person/group.
The applicant must submit a written proposal for a specific project. Any topic in the fibre field may be proposed but weaving will be favoured. Applications must be received by June 30. The recipient/s will be selected by a reviewer who is not a member of the Guild. Proposals not accepted may be resubmitted in following years.
By the end 2014, the recipient/s is required to arrange to share the results of receiving the grant with the Guild.
For more information and Grant Application Guidelines:
Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc, PO Box 578, Burwood, NSW 1805, 9745 1603,

Knitting Circle Workshop

The Kokoda Track Foundation is asking for donations of knitting needles and wool for an informal project to give women confidence to develop further opportunities for themselves. Through the establishment of a knitting circle, women will come together to learn new skills, have a yarn and exchange ideas and support one another to develop their own education and livelihood opportunities.
The Kokoda Track Foundation’s Project Officer, Petra Arifeae, will travel to Kokoda Village on the Kokoda Track in PNG in July for two weeks to present a top-up to the elementary teacher training held in January this year. After the teacher training sessions held during the day, Petra will facilitate informal classes to the women of Koko Village through a knitting circle.
They will keep us posted on how this pilot informal project goes. One of the aims of the project is to make small blankets for Kokoda Hospital.
If you live in Sydney and you have any spare needles or wool, contact the office 9252 2992 or drop them off to:
The Kokoda Track Foundation
Level 10, 19 Pitt Street
For further info contact: