I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Felt hats, knitted shawls & looms
Maddest hat by Helen Stumkart of Toowoomba.
Toowoomba Spinners, Weavers & Dyers set up shop at St Luke's Anglican Church this Carnival of Flowers to exhibit their wares. Wearable textiles such as felt hats, shawls, artwork, woollens, booties and scarves in every conceivable pattern and colour have been expertly hand crafted. Looms and spinning wheels were dotted around the display in operation.
On any loom there are threads 'thrown' across others to weave them together. The threads are known as warp and weft threads. Some looms differ in appearance though they all interweave threads in the same way. Warp threads are 'thrown' across the weft threads to create the beautiful textile fabrics the Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Group are passionate about.
Yarn fibres began to be spun on spinning wheels in India hundreds of years ago and are just as efficient today. The Islamic world began to use spinning wheels following China and Europe in the eleventh century. The spindle is rotated by a cord encircling a hand-driven wheel. A treadle may perpetuate the motion; this was introduced in 1533. The yarn is wound onto the spindle.
Spinning wheel demonstrations throughout the exhibit, or simply knitting.
The Toowoomba Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Group have serious fun with their craft and each other, even going on camps together. This year's exhibit saw them working away at looms, spinning wheels and just simply knitting. Joining could see your hobby become your profession. Woven, crocheted, knitted or hand-spun, you can learn to be an expert. Many workshops are held by the club each year. A recent felting workshop by Raewyn Penrose, a tutor from New Zealand provided each member with a vest of their own making. Regular exhibitions are held all year where members can sell their work and demonstrate their craft. The club's library has a wide range of books and magazines on 'how to', including dyeing, felting, weaving and spinning. Attending a meeting is stress-free as you can hire equipment on site for a small fee. Membership fees also apply plus a joining fee of $5.
To sweeten your visit to the Toowoomba Spinners, Weavers & Dyers 2016 expo, there was Gecko Grove jam, marmalade, relish, chutney and pickles. Shopping fun included colourful and cute paintings in acrylics, tea towels, post cards, Fig, Herb and Beetroot Greeting Cards, jewellery and felt art. Other lures were raffle tickets, beads for stringing, craft tools, card making gear, woodwork, painted saws and a second hand book sale. St Luke's floral display by donation is another breathtaking scene to soak in within the church while on site, plus their craft stall. Coffee and tea is on the lawn along with hot food such as steak burgers and a sausage sizzle.
Plenty of shopping opportunities for those on a budget.