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Handweavers and Spinners Guild.  Workshops

Knitters' Guild members can attend at the members' rate.

Revive Vintage Knits: WS3

Explore patterns, fashion, design and colour.

Understand old pattern terminology. Convert written patterns into charts. Analyse vintage yarn. View a vast range of vintage patterns and explore options for making them fit today's figure and fashion.

Tutor: Barbara has a dressmaking and teaching background plus a vast collection of pattern books.

When: Wednesday, July 23

Design a Shadow Knit: WS5

This workshop is for knitters who know how to knit shadow weave patterns and who want to move onto designing their own. We will chart shadow knitting patterns using graph paper. This will be either converting a knitting or cross stitch chart for shadow knitting or charting a pattern from a simple picture, or something like a leaf.

Tutor: Iris Horoch who is fascinated by shadow weave. She is an enthusiastic, skilled teacher.

When: Sunday, July 27

Materials fee: $5

Skill level: Must know how to shadow knit


Contact the Guild Rooms on Thursdays 12.00pm-4.00pm, leave a message on 02 9745 1603 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Full payment by cheque (make cheques payable to Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc), credit card or cash (in person) will confirm your place in the workshop(s) of your choice. Include the workshop form.

Cut off date for bookings: July 10, except for A Weaving Experience when the cut off date will be: June 19

Cost: Members $70 per day, non members $85 per day unless otherwise stated.

Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Where: Guild rooms upstairs at the back of the hall behind St Paul's church, 205 Burwood Rd, Burwood or in the small hall at the foot of the stairs to the Guild rooms, both air-conditioned.

New ratified Guidelines for Group Executives have been posted here along with helpful forms to use to notify the Guild Secretary of who is filling the roles of Convenor, Secretary and Treasurer for Groups for the next year.

The Newcastle Group will be holding their 25th Anniversary Exhibition "It's a Knitters World" from 9.30am to 4.00pm on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Scots Kirk Hall, Murray Street, Hamilton, Entry is free.

The proceeds from the raffle of a hand-knitted rug will go to Motor Neurone Disease Research. For further info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Follow the NSW Knitters’ Guild on Twitter

The Knitters' Guild now has a Twitter account – the feed can be seen on the bottom right-hand side of the website Home Page so all members can see what is posted. 
President Merrin Marks explains this latest innovation: "At our last meeting the Executive ratified an official Twitter Group @KnitGuildNSW. This Group will be controlled by the Publicity Officers, Anne Powell and Margot Palk as well as Vice President, Mary-Helen Ward, and will be used for two main purposes: to quickly contact members if, for example, help is needed at the last minute for staffing at Shows or advise of upcoming deadlines and events and to broadcast from events posting pictures of displays or competition entries etc.
Why do we need this, some may be asking? Again it is part of modern culture. I joined Twitter recently and I am the 507,357,013th person to join up. Basically it will allow more immediate communication with members and it provides a public profile which is intrinsically free advertising"
Please register on Twitter and join us to get bulletins on latest shows, results, events. Your Group can also use this to advertise your own events or even ask for last minute help if required.
Recently we “tweeted” Castle Hill and Sydney RAS show results, as well as photos.
If you wish to post anything on Twitter, please either contact our external Promotions Officer Anne Powell, Vice President, Mary-Helen Ward or the Newsletter Editor. We hope this will become a valued additional communications vehicle for members.


 The big favourite at the Easter Show stand was the bag made from Plarn or plastic yarn recycled from shopping bags. Workshop Coordinator, Helen, shows off the before and after components of her Plarn bag.

A pattern for a similar bag is here and the process of making plarn is here.


Guild Membership now includes access to Wool Inn online discounts

Some retailers offer discounts to Knitters' Guild members, however, for many it means travelling some distance to visit the retailer who may not have enough stock at the time of your visit or spending time on the phone trying to locate a retailer with the product/shade in stock.

Anita Borcherdt, the owner of The Wool Inn at Penrith, has just launched an online store to help address the issues.

When we spoke to Anita she said  "We have loaded the most popular products into our online store and we show the quantity available. The store is updated from the system in our retail shop nightly.

Traditionally we have used mail order to service members geographically displaced from our shop. The member had to trawl through online websites and then phone or email the shop to confirm we had stock of that product/shade. The new online shop allows the member to shop at any time, knowing what products/shades we have in stock. Members can pay using direct deposit, a credit card using Paypal or by posting a cheque/money order and we ship using Australia Post - same day for orders placed before 3:00pm that using Paypal as the payment method."

The Wool Inn has provided the Knitters' Guild  with coupon codes that members can use to redeem their discount as they use the online checkout process. Your regular newsletter will contain the coupon code to use when shopping at




My name is Erin Carmody and I am writing on behalf of the registered not-for-profit charity Yasminah's Gift Of Hope (YGOH).

At YGOH, we provide support and a Gift Of Hope to families who experience miscarriage, premature birth, neo-natal loss, stillbirth or infant loss of their child. Our Gift Of Hope is a hand decorated journal (as pictured here) given to families via hospitals, medical centres, funeral homes and palliative care facilities. We also provide knitted/ sewn garments along with our journals to provide families with a lovingly made keepsake that their baby has been able to wear.

Items we like to include: beanies, booties, blankets and clothing (in premature sizes as well).

I ask for your assistance in being able to supply such items to families

Thanks kindly for your assistance,

Erin Carmody

Vice President

Yasminah's Gift Of Hope

There is a permanent record of this request on our Charities page.