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Winter Wool Fair 2018

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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As it has just started to get a bit cooler here in Sydney, the up and coming Winter Wool Fair 2018 will give you the opportunity to stock up on some lovely winter woollies and fibres, yarn and equipment to you will need to make your own winter woollies.

The Sutherland Shire Spinner and Weavers Winter Wool Fair 2018. Image Courtesy of the SSWS.

The fair will be held on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of June from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Uniting Church Hall on the corner of Merton and Flora Streets Sutherland.

Items like this one will be for sale. Image by Gary Brown.

If you are already into the art of spinning and weaving and you need to stock up on more material and equipment, you will find the following traders will be present selling their goods:


Members taking part in a Felting class at Como. Image by Gary Brown.

Glenora Weaving and Wool.

Virginia Farm Wool Works.

Come in Spinner.

R & E Reynolds Yarn Supplies.

Members hand dyed and hand spun yarn. Image courtesy of the SSSW

Frank Williams Aussie Spindles.

Members of the Sutherland Shire Spinners and Weavers will be on hand carrying out spinning and weaving demonstration.

Members will be on hand demonstrating their craft. Image by Gary Brown.

These members are part of a great group that I visited last year at the Como School of Arts (Paisley Community Centre), 15-17 Novara Crescent in Como. They meet every Tuesday between 10am to 2pm.

Learn more about how to hand combing fibre in preparation for spinning. Image courtesy of the SSSW.

If you are a spinner and weaver, why don't you find out more about what they do and maybe you would like to become a member and attend their weekly meetings. You too can learn more about the art of spinning and weaving and create a hand-made piece of craft/artwork.

When I paid them a visit last year, I found that there were not only members who spun and weave, but there were also members who are felters, dyers, crocheters and knitters.

Many of their members have exhibited their works in galleries throughout Australia and overseas and they also produce alpaca and wool fleece.

Now how did that go again? Image by Gary Brown

SSS&W is one of the oldest established associations in the Sutherland Shire and their first formal meeting was in 1971.

Even if you have never spun, weaved, felted, dyed, crocheted or knitted, they have many accomplished artists, teachers & craftspeople who are more than happy to mentor and help newcomers. Workshops and excursions are plentiful during the year.

A lovely piece that has been Hand spun, hand dyed and knitted by one of the members of the SSSW. Image courtesy of the SSSW.

Calendar events include a yearly wool fair, challenges, stalls and charity input.

They welcome newcomers and enjoy mentoring and helping those who seek to learn new fibre skills.

A Shibori hand woven and hand dyed wrap. Image courtesy of the SSSW.

This two-day Winter Wool Fair is an annual event sponsored by Sutherland Shire Council and it's one that you should put on your to-do list.
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Why? There will be a great display on hand-made goods for sale.
When: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Phone: 0419 273 193
Where: Uniting Church Hall on the corner of Merton and Flora Streets Sutherland.
Cost: Free
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