Redlands Spinners & Weavers 2017 Open Day

Open Day is nearly here!! I have just received our flyers which will be distributed very soon. Please book this date in your calendar: Tuesday, 20 June 2017. We are opening one hour earlier this year so be there at 9am!

If you are interested in attending workshops, please refer to a recent published post.

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Open Day Workshops – Tuesday, 20 June 2017

This year we are offering some exciting workshops for those who attend the Open Day. Bookings must be made to avoid disappointment. Please contact the workshop organisers direct. All details are included below. There are very limited places available.

Two Different Workshops – Ragmatting and Basket Weaving

Sandra Davis will conduct one ragmatting class, at 11-11.30am. Cost is $10 for the starter’s kit; tuition is free. Bookings taken via email:  Class limited to 6 people. Demonstrations of ragmatting during the day.


At this year’s Open Day Carly Kotynski will offer two different basket making workshops using natural fibres.

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Weaving Workshop – Basic basket technique
9.30am – 11.00am

Learn traditional basket weaving techniques using palm, banana and different vines to create your very own basket to take home from the Open Day. These basic techniques are the foundation for making most baskets but with just a little creativity every basket will be different and unique.

Weaving Workshop – Random weaving technique
12.30pm – 2.00pm

Using palm inflorescence you will learn a very different basket weaving technique in this workshop and create your own unique sculptural basket. These baskets are definitely conversation starters!

These workshops will cost $30 each as a special price for the Open Day and pre-bookings are essential. For more information or to book a place please contact Carly through the contact page on her website


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Bribie Island January 2017 Camp

Camp Logos 05Another wonderful Bribie Island camp was enjoyed by those who attended. Although it was quite hot and humid, we were blessed with beautiful sea breezes and access to the beach and to the pool.

Thanks must go to Jan who organises all our camps for us. Without Jan’s ongoing efforts we wouldn’t have these wonderful opportunities to come together in friendship to share our craft experiences 🙂

We also celebrated Gillian’s 70th birthday by surprising her with a lovely chocolate mud cake which was delicious!

Simone Cross from Gum Blossom Yarns in Brisbane attended and gave us a quick demonstration on natural plant dyeing. Simone also very kindly brought along quite a few skeins of beautifully dyed yarns and dyed silk scarves. We were blessed to be able to buy these goodies at the Australia Day sale price which was a whopping discount of 26%!! Thank you so much Simone. Needless to say quite a few of us indulged 🙂

Thank you to Lindy for again bringing along her shop of yarn, fibre and equipment which no one could resist!

And thanks to all of those who attended for making it such a wonderful and successful camp.

Photos can be found here.

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Knit and Knatter – Saturday, 10 December 2016

We had a record number of 18 women who attended Knit and Knatter on Saturday. This group is proving to be very popular due its relaxed atmosphere and lots of laughter. There is so much knowledge sharing and interest in each other’s projects.

The range of crafts is very interesting: spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, scrapbooking, loom knitting and sometimes we come along just for a talk 🙂

Due to the popularity of Knit and Knatter we will be holding our last one for the year on Saturday, 24 December at Hoya Garden Plaza from 12.30pm. We don’t expect to have a large number of attendees but I am definitely looking forward to it!

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circles-of-women-sayingSee you all at our Christmas Party tomorrow (13/12/16) at the Redland Bay Golf Club at 12 noon.

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Art in Wood – Cleveland – 26/27 November 2016

The Bayside Woodturners is holding their Art in Wood event at the Lions Community Hall, Shore Street, Cleveland (near the Grand View Hotel) on 26 and 27 November from 9am to 4pm. The event will feature a Gallery of their craft and sales items ready for Christmas. Displays – wheelchair access – gold coin entry per family.

I have uploaded some historical newspaper articles from 1983 – 1987 on the page ‘Our History’ which can be found here.

Don’t forget our Christmas Party at the Redland Bay Golf Club at 12noon. Secret Santa is optional ($10).

Knit and Knatter is on this Saturday, 26 November at Hoya Garden Plaza at 12.30pm. See you there!

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New 2016/17 Committee Members

On Tuesday, 11 October 2016 at our Annual General Meeting, the following members were nominated and elected:

President:  Gillian Smith (3206 0718)

V/President:  Merhyl Shevill (3341 5015)

Secretary:  De-Arne Crawford (0418 497 719)

Assistant Secretary:  Sue Marshke (3348 3917)

Treasurer:  Charlotte Kennedy

Librarian:  Miriam Elkin

Assistant Librarian:  Vanessa Bovee

Camp Convenor:  Jan Bowell (3207 2732)

Assistant Camp Convenor (Advertising):  Melanie Jonker

Open Day Convenor:   Shirley Graham (3206 8967)

Archivist:  Sandra Davis (3822 1759)

Newsletter/Digital Media:   Melanie Jonker (0402 109 499)

Our thanks to Desley who resigned as Secretary. Desley carried out this role for five years and did a stellar job. We now welcome De-Arne and Sue to the roles of Secretary and Assistant Secretary. I am sure between the two of you our minutes will continue to be recorded in a professional and thorough manner. Thank you for nominating 🙂

Don’t forget the Christmas Craft Extravaganza, Cleveland Assembly Hall, Smith Street, Cleveland 10am – 4pm this Saturday, 22 October 2016. You can visit the Extravaganza first and then come along to Knit and Knatter at 12.30pm at Hoya Garden Plaza 🙂

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October AGM

Ladies, next week we will hold our AGM (Tuesday, 11 October). Please come along and consider nominating for any of the positions that will be vacated. In particular, we need two to three members to share the role of Secretary. Desley has done a stellar role over the last few years but has decided to step down. There are only ten meetings a year, so shared between three, it only means 3-4 meetings each.

On another note, I would recommend you all read Kay Faulkner’s latest blog. Kay has some wonderful news to share.

See you at Knit and Knatter this Saturday, 8 October 🙂

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