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Title: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on April 20, 2007 12:16:27 AM
The Queensland Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists Ltd are having their annual Craft & Open Day, on Sunday the 27th of May this year.  There will be lots of demos, heaps of stalls and a fashion parade   8)  It is all at 12 Payne Street, Auchenflower (which is reasonably handy to public transport I think) between 9:30 and 3:00.  Hope to see you all there.  I for one am looking forward to watching a spinning demo, grabbing a devonshire tea and scoring some undyed handspun yarn   :D


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: jacquiw on April 20, 2007 02:31:38 AM
I am going to be there with at least 2 others. I haven't been to one before except in Toowoomba years ago. It should be interesting i want lots of  new fiber to try.Maybe we'll see you there.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: jane feebles on April 26, 2007 01:28:07 AM
I'm going, it'll be great. I'll be fighting Miss Vicki for the handspun yarn!! Brisbane inDesign is on the day before too http://www.brisbaneindesign.com.au/about.aspx (http://www.brisbaneindesign.com.au/about.aspx)- it's a big weekend for design goodness!


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: snakeface on April 26, 2007 05:12:16 AM
I think there'll be some kind of handspun scrum. A handscrum? Anyway, I'm ridiculously excited to see some spinning. I told myself I wouldn't go down that path, but it's too late.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on April 26, 2007 04:15:01 PM
Gee, perhaps we ought to warn 'em we are coming?  ;D


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: palopinto on May 08, 2007 08:33:31 PM
I'm (hopefully) going - I desperately want to learn to spin, but I've never seen anyone do it, so I'm hoping to see some action there! ;)


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: kissofdawn on May 09, 2007 03:39:39 AM
LMAO...
I have been on these boards for a while and only just saw this..
My mother somehow manages to make me model for their fashion parades every year.
The things we do for family. :P

ps: im going to indesign as well jane (im an interior designer)
Do you work in the industry as well?


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: jane feebles on May 11, 2007 01:33:27 AM
well, I dabble. we'll leave it at that for now. Did you get your pre-registration pack thingy? Cos mine ain't turned up yet  >:(


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: kissofdawn on May 13, 2007 10:53:37 PM
nope...not yet
have had a few invites from the different showrooms reminding me to register and letting me know what interesting things they will be showcasing....but thats about it so far.
Will be interesting to see what sort of gimmics each place has.
(one lighting company has a special prize for the first 100 people to bring in a compact fluro for them to give to charity - they will let you release a monarch butterfly)



Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: jane feebles on May 14, 2007 12:58:36 AM
My plan is to look at all the pretty stuff, pick up as much free shit as I can carry and maybe get a price on the Ryan table by Mark Heslop in the Queensland Design comp for my work
If I ever get to know what's going on that is!!


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Jane Doe on May 14, 2007 04:58:57 PM
I'm so jelous of you all
Have a good time!



Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: utemama on May 22, 2007 12:48:17 AM
i so want to go but hubby and oldest son are going toowoomba for the day oh alas woest me maybe next year have a great weekend all.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: jacquiw on May 22, 2007 09:05:12 PM
Oh that'd be right just cause its one of the few times i won't be home Utemama or we could have met up for coffee lol! I will let you know how the Open Day goes i have a ute load of passengers now and only one of us knows how to navigate. Should be interesting.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: utemama on May 27, 2007 01:12:43 AM
hope you all had a great time i am still fuming,i oh so wanted to go,he promised i could go but as usual cars are first.oh well such is life,hope you got some great yarn


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: jacquiw on May 27, 2007 02:51:03 AM
Bought some beautifully dyed Mulberry silk and Tussah silk,some Optima merino tops(roving) to try and a couple of small bags of dyed fleece. Oh and a Turkish drop spindle.We all had a lovely day out but didn't stay there very long,there were some cranky old ladies and one man who seemed to think we looked to stupid to use our Turkish spindles so we left.I admit i was disapointed. But we went off to West end and had lunch and a look around and generally just enjoyed our girls day out.I didn't see any craftsers there though i looked maybe they were scared off by the grumpy old ladies in the main hall to.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on May 27, 2007 04:28:13 PM
I bought myself a spindle too.  An ashford top whorl.  Fleece too.  Merino silver, a bag each of yellow, orange and turquoise.  A baggie each of a silk merino blend and a merino, alpaca, camel blend.  Both of the last two for after I have learned how to use it properly.  The workshop is not until much later in the year, and it sounds as though it may not happen at all.  We'll see.

I also got a big 230 gram skein of undyed lace weight merino.  The prize that I was after in the first place and it was such a steal too.  It is for my first ever big lace shawl project, not in a hurry though.

Ha!  can you tell I like my merino?   ;D


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: snakeface on May 28, 2007 02:40:13 AM
There were spindles? Damn, I was on the lookout for those and didn't see any. I got some purple and green roving though, and purple-pink-orange-yellow lightweight cotton. I've had to make do with my cd-spindle for my virgin spinning and so am greatly jealous.

I've got to say, I don't know what the thing is with freeform crochet.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: jane feebles on May 28, 2007 02:55:41 AM
LOL! the fashion parade was entertaining, that's for sure.
I picked up some hand dyed cotton, handspun adn dyed merino and this cool handyed cotton/synthetic blend that will look awesome as a scarf.
I also ran into heaps of people (I must be on the cranky old lady mailing list!) and wish I could afford to get into weaving


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on May 28, 2007 05:48:14 PM
Aw darn!  You just reminded me Jane Feebles.  I forgot about the pink, orange and purple skein of cotton I was gonna get before I went home.  I left it because there was a lady fondling it who didn't look like moving on in a hurry.  I wasn't worried she'd buy it, they had a few of them anyhow.  But I forgot to go back.  Silly of me, but too bad, maybe next year.   ;D

I must agree with you about the freeform snakeface, except I have seen some awesome handbags, keep an eye out for those!  I love weird stuff, but I probably won't be sporting any scumbled ponchos any time soon.  Actually, now that I think about it, by the time I'm 65 or so, I reckon I may be up for it.  Of course, by the time I get to that age it won't be 'cool' anymore.  All the more reason to do it I suppose.

I got my spindle from a stall down the side, but there was some Turkish ones inside the emporium too (I think that is what they call their store).  I really needed one, my CD spindle is so bad that it is just about unusable.  I have since learnt that it is too light, because i only used one CD and my shaft is a short length of plastic (read 10mm crochet hood :D).  It is a shame though, because there is a small (albeit rather conceited) part of me that would have really liked for my first ever skein to have been spun on a spindle I could say I'd made myself.  Ha!   ::)

I only left my Nana alone for five minutes but when I got back, she had accumulated a small gathering of folks to chat to.  Including, a nice lady who insisted on giving us all a spinning demo with my new spindle (It was her that told me what was wrong with my CD model).  It is amazing how far a little tuft of merino will go.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: utemama on May 29, 2007 12:38:47 AM
you all scored so well,great!!! i am so jealous.i have been told i am going to nimbin in a few weeks time i so cannot wait.i am so on the lookout for some dyed cotton,i want to further my collection of head covers.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on May 29, 2007 03:06:08 PM
Cool.  I am certain you'll find some cotton there.  Bet you can find hemp yarn there too.  Now I'm super jealous.  I have been unable to find any of that stuff so far.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: snakeface on May 30, 2007 05:20:35 AM
Quote from: Miss_Vicki
It is a shame though, because there is a small (albeit rather conceited) part of me that would have really liked for my first ever skein to have been spun on a spindle I could say I'd made myself.  Ha!   Roll Eyes

There's a little pride. On the other hand, there's a certain indignity to spinning on something that looks like this (http://snakefaced.blogspot.com/2007/05/i-love-sound-of-you-walking-away-you.html) [if you scroll south]. :P

And I think fashions stop being trends once you hit sixty, so you shouldn't have any worries about flaunting your freeform floral future ponchos.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on May 30, 2007 04:06:27 PM
Wow, your CD spindle is waaaay better than mine snakeface.  And you named it too, aww.  I like that you used a bamboo knitting needle where I have used a thick plastic crochet hook.  Sure I didn't need to add a hook to the top of it, but is is so short and light.  I did have fun decorating it with my mini sharpies as it spun though.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: utemama on May 30, 2007 06:53:14 PM
miss vicki
thanks for the reminder about hemp yarn i so have to get some of this.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: jane feebles on May 31, 2007 04:06:15 AM
There's a hemp shop at Montville that has some, but it's so 'spensive, let us know if you find a good supply


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: jacquiw on June 01, 2007 12:54:12 AM
I have a heap of undyed cotton Utemama is that any good for you ? Do you dye your own? I will never use all i have it was given to me undyed unspun.Let me know and i can bring it to you.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: utemama on June 02, 2007 04:19:00 PM
i have hit the motherlode ladies,hubby did some barter with a dude in nimbin,and this dude knows someone who is involved with hemp yarn,so as soon as i know full details will let you know.i so love barter you meet some great people.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open
Post by: jacquiw on June 02, 2007 08:25:22 PM
Well maybe i will have to barter with you i have a friend in need of some hemp yarn. Email me.


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: jane feebles on June 02, 2007 10:56:55 PM
i have hit the motherlode ladies,hubby did some barter with a dude in nimbin,and this dude knows someone who is involved with hemp yarn,so as soon as i know full details will let you know.i so love barter you meet some great people.

Excited!


Title: Re: Brisbane, QLD: Craftsters go to Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Craft Open Day
Post by: Miss_Vicki on June 03, 2007 04:07:06 PM
That is great news utemama.   :D   Here I am telling everyone this stuff is hard to find, and it only took you a moment, LOL!