Continuing Threads, 60th Anniversary Exhibition 2007, January Update

Our exhibition will held in conjunction with the Quilt and Craft show at Darling Harbour from 27 June to 1 July, 2007
It is in celebration of the 60th anniversary of our guild and will be our diamond anniversary. The videotape made of the last exhibition in 1997 was shown at the November meeting and I borrowed it to watch during the Christmas break. I was most impressed with the scale of the exhibition and the number of people involved with putting it together.
This time we will have less space and the Guild has fewer members to make exhibits or to help with the work that goes into it. That doesn’t mean that we can’t produce something very special and I have already heard some interesting ideas.
For those people who like to work to a theme, perhaps you can use the fact that it is our diamond anniversary as your inspiration.
The guidelines and entry forms are being sent out with the February newsletter and there will be requests for volunteers in the next few issues. I imagine that most of you have no idea yet if and when you will be available in June. Jenny Hopper has volunteered to manage the sales area and Barbara Kerle will co-ordinate the data entry and catalogue. They will both need some help just before and during the exhibition. We need someone or two or three to organise the demonstration area so if this appeals to you let me know.
Thank you to Lisa Waller and Barbara Williams from Newcastle who have offered to assist with publicity and display and to Elizabeth Trappl from Dorrigo who will come to Sydney for the exhibition and would like to be involved. By the time you receive this newsletter you will have about three and a half months to work on your entries or have you already finished them?
2007 Continuing Threads Exhibition Guidelines, Entry Form and Sales Form

A Box full of Weaving

If your group selects a topic to study each year, consider asking for a Weaving Box of woven samples. Some items do not have details of materials or drawdowns but are nonetheless inspiring. Your group may like to take the challenge to analyse a draftless sample.
Contact the Guild if you would like to borrow a box.
We have boxes of:
Twills, Tartans and plaids, Rosepath, Overshot, Summer and Winter, Tapestry, Bound weave, Braids, Lace weaves both hand manipulated (like Leno) or loom controlled, plain weaves, etc
A full list is available on application.

Continuing Threads, 60th Anniversary Exhibition 2007

We are starting to plan for Continuing Threads, our 60th Anniversary Exhibition. The proposed space will be less than half the size we had in 1997 but we hope that all members will make something. We will also have space for sale items.
If you have a skill we can use or you would like to learn we want to hear from you as it takes many heads and hands to put it all together.
We expect a wide variety of woven, spun, felted and braided items that will demonstrate our expertise to visitors to the Exhibition Hall, Darling Harbour.
Get busy with your items
Exhibited items must have been made within the last two years.
Up to 3 items per member/Network Group for exhibition, up to 10 items for sale with more in storage to restock those sold. An item can have many parts eg a spectrum of hand dyed skeins of silk for embroidery rather than just one skein for sale, or a set of placemats for exhibition.
Members who submit items for sale will be encouraged to spend time on the sales table during the exhibiton.
Entry forms are due in May 2007. Refer to coming issues of the Guild News for more details.
Items must be delivered to the Guild Rooms by 7 June 2007. Due to the limited space available a selection may be made by the exhibition committee to ensure that the very highest standard of work will be exhibited.
There will be a vote for the most popular exhibit.
2007 Continuing Threads Exhibition Guidelines, Entry Form and Sales Form

Ralph E Griswold, 1934-2006

Ralph Griswold who founded the web site with thousands of weaving drafts, has died.
Ralph’s contributions to the weaving community were almost beyond measure. Though he himself never learned to weave, he brought his insatiable intellectual curiosity to the process of learning all he could about weaving, built up a large and eclectic weaving library, and leaves us with an online archive of weaving and other textile-related documents probably second to none available to any other handcraft group.

500th Issue of the Guild News

As we approach our 60th anniversary it is not surprising that we should also have arrived at this milestone. Ten or eleven issues a year for 60 years adds up. Copies of all our Guild News’ and Journals are stored in the reference cupboard in the Library. They are an incredible source of information and history.
The first issue was named the Quarterly News of the Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild of NSW. Volume 1, Number 1 was published in August 1949. The President was Professor H Priestly and the editor did not include her/his name but included an address in Lane Cove. Prof Priestly wrote:

“Most people probably have, in some measure, the desire to make things, to create something. One of the ways in which this desire may make itself manifest is hand weaving. Weaving is almost the oldest of human arts, so old that there is little difference in fundamentals in all parts of the world. Before the introduction of power weaving, hand looms were necessary for the making of fabrics for all purposes and weaving was essentially a home industry. With the introdution of power weaving, hand loom weaving largely disappeared except in certain peasant communities.
During the past few years in Europe and America and more recently in Australia, there has been a recrudescence of interest in hand weaving and now very large numbers of men and women gain much interest and enjoyment from the making of various fabrics on hand looms. Hand weaving is a fascinating hobby; the combinations of different colours, of different fibres and the production of patterns all play their part in keeping the weaver interested.
This little periodical is intended primarily for the members of the Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild of NSW to keep them in touch with Guild affairs and to bring new ideas to members. No matter how skilled a weaver may be, he or she can always learn something from other weavers and from workers in other fields impinging on certain aspects of weaving. It is intended to publish articles on new methods of weaving, for, in spite of the antiquity of weaving, new ways of getting desired results can still be found. Articles on colour and colour combinations, the source and preparation of fibres suitable for weaving, home spinning and home dyeing are just some of the subjects which will be treated.
As President of the Guild it is my pleasure to launch this little periodical on its way and hope that it and the Guild may have a long, useful and interesting life.”

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More 2006 Royal Agricultural Show Results

Our Guild gives prize money to the RAS for excellence in felting, spinning and weaving. The following entries won the Guild awards this year:

Felting award
Rachel Meek for item 2157
Spinning award
Jean Piddington for item 2196
Weaving award
Noelene Cox for item 2169

South Coast Muster

The South Coast Fibre Muster is an exciting event to be staged at the Berry School of Arts, Alexandra Street, Berry on Saturday, 1 July from 9am to 4pm.
This is the inaugural South Coast Fibre Muster and will include Displays and Sales by ten spinning, weaving, knitting and felting groups from the South Coast Region. The plan is to hold this event annually, with different southern groups hosting the event each year!
There will be competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and mini-workshops for everyone and fifteen traders selling materials and equipment for the fibre artist.

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2006 Royal Agricultural Show Results

Class 161: A hand felted article
1st Lyette Hall
Class 162: Scarf, Stole or Shawl
2nd Natalie Webb
Class 163: Napery
2nd Elaine Fletcher
3rd Trevor Passmore
Class 164: A hand woven article
1st Elaine Fletcher
Highly Commended Elizabeth Trappl
Class 165: Skein of 2 ply wool
1st Jean Piddington
2nd Janet De Rooy
Class 166: Article of your fine spun wool knitted or crocheted
1st Jean Piddington
2nd Geraldine McCulloch
Class 167: An article made from your hand spun Mohair or Alpaca
1st Jean Piddington
2nd Geraldine McCulloch
Class 168: An article made of your hand spun wool-blend or wool singles plied with any other natural fibre, any ply
1st Aletta Smithers
Class 169: An article made from your bulky hand spun yarn
1st Geraldine McCulloch

Teaching Beginner Spinning

The brief was to plan a set of lessons to teach Beginner Spinning at the Guild Rooms. Margaret Pinto-Correia and I trawled our collective minds back to the days when we learnt the craft of spinning, and we began brainstorming what we would have liked as an introduction to what has become a life-long obsession for both of us.

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Open Day 2006

Everyone is invited to our Open Day, particularly if you are interested in fibre arts and crafts. Come and expand your stash, with traders selling fibres for spinning and felting, yarns for knitting and weaving, various pieces of equipment, such as looms, needle felting supplies, warping boards and much, much more! Members will be selling their goods also, with a range of unique hand dyed, hand spun yarns and handmade wearables such as vests, scarves and beanies, perfect for this time of year. Plus there will be tea and coffee with yummy handmade refreshments to warm the tummy. Bring along a friend and enjoy a great day out!
Saturday, 8 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, 205 Burwood Road, Burwood.

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