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Guild’s Rare Breed Spinning Project to Celebrate 70th

Following the talk by Katherine Henry in April about the Australian Rare Breed Project (also on Facebook), the Guild began a special project to feature some of these breeds as part of the Guild’s 70th birthday celebrations in 2017. The Guild has decided to purchase the fleece of ten breeds, starting with Romney, Ryeland, Lincoln crossed with Hampshire Down, Perendale and Dorset Down. Read More

New Craft Group in Lane Cove, Sydney

The Neighbourhood centre at Lane Cove, Sydney wants to start a social group for people to indulge their crafty pursuits (whatever they may be) in a social, fun and friendly environment. They are open to all crafters: knitters, crocheters, quilters, needleworkers, tatters, jewellery makers, folk artists, scrap bookers, whatever craft takes your fancy.

The group will be held at their centre at 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove on a Thursday evening.

To determine if the group would be successful, they ask interested people to express their interest by , Facebooking Meeting House Neighbourhood Centre or by phoning 9427 1841.

Cost: $5 per person with tea and coffee provided

A Small Mill Survey

hopes to put together a project for a complete small wool processing mill here in Australia aimed at small farmers (1 to 200+ shed). She is at the information gathering stage of her business plan and would like small fibre producers to complete a short survey.

Call for Applications

To celebrate the first twenty one years, WAFTA is inviting textile artists to submit entries for their juried exhibition to be held in June and July 2016.

Entries should be explore and celebrate the emotionally evocative, tactile, sculptural and sensory qualities of fibre and textiles in the 21st Century.

Entrants will be asked to push their practice to expand their engagement with the medium.

The exhibition twentyONE+ will be held at:

Spectrum Project Space
Mount Lawley, WA
17 June to 7 July 2016

Online entries open 1st January 1, 2016, and close on 1 March.

Entrants should submit photos of the completed work with the entry.

For full details of the conditions of entry see the WAFTA web site.

Scrumbling with Prudence Mapstone

The Prudence Mapstone workshops held at the beginning of March were very well-attended. The venue was the Burwood RSL, which was great. It had the advantage of free parking and easy access to their bistros and coffee bar.

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‘The Gallipoli Letter’ tapestry finished after 2,500 hours of weaving

A tapestry, which took 2,500 hours to complete and honours the sacrifice of the Anzacs, has been cut from a loom at a special ceremony in Melbourne ahead of the Anzac centenary.

The tapestry, measuring about three square metres, will be on display in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The artwork Avenue of Remembrance was based on a piece by Australian artist Imants Tillers.

It was inspired by The Gallipoli Letter written by the late Sir Keith Murdoch.

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Apple Day Fleece to Garment, Tallong

We look forward to seeing fleece to garment teams bright and early at Tallong Apple Festival, 3 May, all we need is some good weather!

If you need access by car to unload gear and equipment, please arrive in good time so you can unload and park your car outside the site before 9.00am. After that time no cars are allowed on site. I will be on site from 6.00am to help if needed, and also on site in the hall on Saturday afternoon if anyone wants to drop off gear.

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International Back to Back Wool Challenge 2015

Objective: To complete the sweater/jumper, following the identical International Wool Challenge rules and pattern exactly, within a day.

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February Guest Speaker: Margaret McKenna

Margaret loves colour and fibre. While still at school, she wove a long wall hanging that has linen/hemp, natural and dyed hand spun wool and slits. Since then she has moved to knitting the lovely colours, making shapes of glazed porcelain [Margaret donated one of her neck pieces for us to raffle] and, most recently, embroidery. She loves making things and needs to do things with her hands even though along the way she developed carpal tunnel syndrome that did not respond well to surgery. She finds that when she is doing hand work she must sit up straight with a pillow behind her back to protect her hands.

Because of the aftermath of her surgery she is very sympathetic to people in pain. Margaret realised that much of our brain is involved with the nerves in our hands and that if she stressed and worried about getting back at the surgeon, the healing process would be blocked. The corollary works: if you are using your hands, you cannot obsess about what worries you. Out of everything bad, something good comes.

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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