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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Redlands Spinners & Weavers September 2016 Camp

If you are thinking about attending our Bribie Island camp from 9 – 11 September, the time is getting closer and closer so you MUST fill out your application form, and submit the $175 payment. Our camp is located at the House of Happiness, 2-16 Clement Street, Woorim, Bribie Island.

If you can only make it as a day visitor, please contact our Camp Convenor, Jan Bowell on 3207  2732 or 0409 276 486 to find out the day rate.

Our camps are always lots of fun. It’s where we forge and cement friendships, share knowledge, laugh a lot, eat a lot, relax to our heart’s content, spin, knit, crochet, weave or talk. Basically, it’s your weekend to do as you wish so please join us!

More information about our craft camps can be found here.

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Open Day 2016

Open Day is done and dusted for another year. It was so successful and I’d like to thank all of you who attended and supported our club and our wonderful traders. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day and didn’t even have the energy to check out my goodies when I got home. That had to wait until the weekend 🙂

Many thanks to Robyn from Booie Spinners and Weavers (Kingaroy) for introducing yourself to me and thanking me for all my efforts on the Redlands Spinners & Weavers FB page. It was lovely to meet you and I really appreciated that you took the effort to seek me out.

Also, many thanks to Jo Crang for introducing yourself to me too. Jo is a member of the Australian Handspinners and Knitters FB page and lives on the Sunshine Coast. I’ll definitely be touching base with you when I’m on holidays in Noosaville 🙂

Thanks to the local and Brisbane-wide media that supported the event and printed notices in their various publications.

A huge thanks to Redland City Council and Redland Performing Arts Centre for providing us with the magnificent venue to hold our Open Day. It has certainly put the Centre and our group ‘on the map’ in the spinning and fibre world.

And finally, many thanks to our wonderful committee members who worked so hard during the lead up and on the actual day. You put a lot of younger people to shame with your boundless energy and zest for life 🙂

You can find pictures of the 2016 Open Day here and a story about it here.

Our Open Day Convenor thanks email can be found here.

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Open Day Workshops – Tuesday, 21 June 2016

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.

Two Workshops – Ragmatting and Basket Weaving

Sandra Davis will conduct two ragmatting classes, at 11-11.30am and 2.30-3pm. Cost is $10 for the starter’s kit; tuition is free. Bookings taken via email: or phone: 3822 1759.


Carly Kotynski will be offering a basket weaving workshop at this year’s Redlands Spinners and Weavers Open Day. The workshop will run from 10.30am to 12noon teaching basket weaving techniques using palm, banana and vines to create your very own basket to take home on the day. The workshop will cost $30 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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Knit and Knatter – Saturday, 23/4/16

We had 16 attendees at Knit and Knatter on Saturday!!! This is a record for us. There were a few new faces including Michelle’s (from Knit and Yarn) son. It was a very noisy table with lots of information being swapped. Sheila, from the Gold Coast brought along a Little Peggy spinning wheel she’d just bought and Gillian gave her a few tips. I’ve since sent her our Open Day flyer plus a link to our website.

I have suggested to Gillian that in May we hold one of our Knit and Knatter gatherings at Michelle’s yarn shop in Wynnum West. As Michelle has been to a few of our K&Ks, I thought this might be an opportunity to repay the favour and also expose our members to her lovely yarns. We could all bring along a plate of goodies and have a lovely afternoon knitting, spinning, talking, eating and buying yarn! What more could you ask for?

Knit and Yarn is located at 210 Kianawah Rd, Wynnum West. Michelle is happy for us to come along. We can discuss this on Tuesday and then Gillian will send out her normal K&K email as a reminder🙂

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See you tomorrow🙂

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Redlands Spinners & Weavers Open Day 2016

Here’s a copy of the Open Day DL flyer which I will hand out at the next meeting. It looks fabulous🙂



The pdf can be found here.

I have received an email from Sue Punshon who is holding an exhibition of natural fibres at Pomona Railway Station Gallery along with Karen Grady and Anne Russell. It commences, for a month, from 23 April 2016.

Here is a link to the poster.

Sue has invited the members of the Redlands Spinners & Weavers to the opening on Saturday, 23 april at 11am. If you wish to attend could you please respond directly to Sue so she can manage the catering.

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