18th AAA National Show, Sale and Expo

For the first time, the venue for the Australian Alpaca Association national sale and show will be the Falkiner Pavilion at the Sydney Showgrounds, Homebush. And for the first time ever, the show will include an Expo offering something for everyone whether you are considering owing alpacas or just want to come and enjoy a day out with plenty of opportunity to cuddle some baby alpacas (cria.)
On Saturday and Sunday there will be shearing demos, on the hour every hour, together with fleece sorting and classing in preparation for processing. You will be able to watch the entire process as raw alpaca fleece is spun into yarn and then knitted into garments.
When: Thursday to Sunday, 13-16 October

17th International Back to Back Challenge

Toronto Spiders, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5 hours 53 minutes 34 seconds
Knitwits, Tocal Agricultural College, Paterson, NSW
6 hours 37 minutes 37 seconds
Hitsujikouboh Masako, Chibaken, Japan
6 hours 53 minutes 42 seconds
Wendy Dennis
PO Box 34
Birregurra VIC 3242

New Committee Members: Katherine Henry and Ann Jackson

Katherine grew up in Kansas, as did Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Superman. Katherine points out that she differs from these characters in that she is real! She has been in Australia for 17 years and is married with two daughters. One of her daughters, Isabella, is a fine young spinner and often attends Guild meetings with Katherine.

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Shop till You Drop Bus Trip to Melbourne

The Wool Road Spinners and Weavers Inc have again organized a bus trip to Melbourne that you are welcome to join.
They have not finalized the destinations as new ones are added as old ones that have closed are dropped. They would welcome information about new places to visit. Feel free to let them know about any interesting fibre related places to be included.

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Disaster Gift Boxes

You are invited to join a new Fibre Collective group formed on Yahoo.
Fibre Collective unites fibre artists and collectors by supporting our fellow artists through a scheme of collecting and packaging textile/fibre related gift boxes.

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Weaver in Residence

ASF Shetland and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of three weavers in residence posts. The posts are based in Yell, Shetland and will take place over four months each year for the next three years. Each post has a unique focus; for this year, the residency will be principally working in the North Isles of Shetland, developing new products and running workshops for ASF Shetland, working in collaboration with Sarah Dearlove, their PhD research student.

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The Year of the Rabbit

FACE’s Chinese New Year 2011 programs to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit have reached beyond the walls of the Powerhouse Museum and engaged with the local Chinese community. The artist Dadi Xiong will conduct four workshops on Chinese knotting in January at the Harris Community Centre, Ultimo Community Centre and with the Australian Nursing Home Foundation at the Stanley Hunt Centre.
Dadi and her pupils will demonstrate their Chinese knotting skills in the Museum on Saturdays, 5 & 12 February. Museum visitors then can make a lucky knot to take home.
For information about the establishment of an angora rabbit industry in Australia go to Angora Rabbits: A potential new industry for Australia by AC Schlink and SM Liu, CSIRO Livestock Industries, April 2003

Worldly Soles

Your shoes were made for sharing! Whether they are runners, sandals, heels or flats, your spare shoes can change someone’s world.
We need your help to collect 50,000 pairs of shoes! All shoes will be donated to children and adults in need in Third World countries, including Haiti, Africa and the Himalayas.
You can drop off your unwanted new or pre-loved shoes to all libraries and Neighbourhood Service Centres in the City of Sydney council area until January 2011.

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Bendigo Show Specs

This year a new system of judging criteria was used at the Bendigo Show with a scoring system which tells the exhibitor her/his strengths and weaknesses from the judge’s viewpoint.
Their system works as follows:
Rules: Check against schedule for conditions of entry, both general and class specific. Check for – correct class for item, wool content, weight for spinning, length for weaving, fibre for the class entered, labels and samples. Stewards check for notes and remove any identification.

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Call for Guild Journal Submissions

If you have an interesting story or something to tell, why not have it printed in this year’s Guild Journal?
Please submit a draft or idea submission to Carol Hoh by mid August. If selected for publication, your finished article will be due by early September.

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