2015 will be the 37th year of the Bothwell International Highland SpinIn
A unique festival the SpinIn is held every second year and celebrates fibre arts such as spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting and allied fibre crafts.
The three day event consists of many activities including presentations, demonstrations, mini-workshops, parades, and competitions as well as a variety of interesting displays.
With international, national and state guests, visitors and participants have many opportunities to build their skills and keep current in their field through peer association and the opportunity to learn about similar activities in other cultural contexts, The cultural exchange that occurs between participants and the official guests are one of the SpinIn's special highlights.
Bothwell SpinIn is the home of the Guinness Book of Records listed Longest Thread Competition that attracts entries from across the world. This uses 10gr of wool fleece spun and plyed. A new feature of the 2015 event will be the introduction of an Alpaca section. Both sections have very generous Sponsors (see competition forms).
The Spin-in is organised entirely by a committee of volunteers known as The International Highland Spin-in Association Inc. All members are listed (About us). Please feel free to contact us for further information either by phone or by web site and don't forget to subscribe for information updates!
See you there in 2015
The Tasmanian (Bothwell) Tartan
This tartan is the culmination of a decade of experimentation in weaving and dyeing by its creators, Mrs Isabella Lamont Shorrock and her husband Jock, of the Lamont Weaving Studio formerly of Bothwell.
The sett and the colours come from the history of Bothwell
and Tasmanian nature.
The Bothwell district is well known for its early Scottish
settlers including the McDowells, so the design is based
on the McDowell sett.
The colours come from the Eucalypt and the Acacia, the two soft grey-greens of the living gum leaves and the maroon and pink are seen when the leaves are dying. The yellow represents the wattle blossom. The tartan is a beautiful reflection of springtime in the Tasmanian bush.