2015 SpinIn

The dates for the 2015 SpinIn are:
Friday 27th February, Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March

The Mary Simon perpetual trophy form is now on the forms page

The Bothwell SpinIn is attempting to collect enough threads in a FRIENDSHIP BALL so that it reaches around the world and for this purpose we ask you to send your thread to be added to our FRIENDSHIP BALL.

Please help to make this project a success and let us share our Cultures for Friendship, Love and Peace. This idea is only a small contribution towards PEACE but it is better than guns.

At the equator the world spans 40 074 km, which means that we will need 40 074 people to send one metre of thread to acheive our aim. We are aiming to span the Roaring Forties which passes through Tasmania


Collect from all your FRIENDS, especially children, a thread of any sort eg. Silk, cotton, wool, string or any fibre at least a metre in length and wind these threads on a MESSAGE STICK. The stick can be made of any material. Write your message for PEACE on the stick and tie the threads you collect together and wind them on your message stick. We will display these sticks with our FRIENDSHIP BALL.

List the name and place of each participant and length of their piece of thread on the application form. Please be aware that all threads coming into Australia must be clean and free of dirt and seeds. Send threads and sticks together with names to:

Bothwell SpinIn Committee

PO Box 394, Moonah, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA 7009

ENQUIRIES bothwellspinin@gmail.com

The ball is a circle, no begining, no end.

It keeps us together as a circle of friends.

The treasure inside you cannot see.

Is the treasure of FRIENDSHIP you granted to me.

The Longest Thread contest takes place before the Spin-in. This is a truly International contest with spinners from all over the world participating. The contest was created to enhance the quality of fine spinning around the world. It’s theme is to ‘link spinners throughout the world in friendship and greater understanding’.

The contest requires participants to spin the longest continuous two ply thread they can, from just ten grams of raw wool! In addition to the main contest there is also a competition for the longest thread using a hand held spindle.

It takes considerable time to check the weights of each entry and to measure the lengths of the threads with accuracy. As a consequence entries need to be in well ahead of the Spin-in and judging completed to allow the announcement of the winners at the official opening of the Spin-in.

If you are interested in taking part in this competition, you will find the forms here




Florence Jaukae Kamel

a Bilum Fibre Artist from PNG





Michelle Snowdon

An Australian fibre artist who creates innovative and unique handspun artisan yarn and freeform accessories.

Michelle is recognized among international fibre art circles for her unerring inquiry into the art of spinning yarn and innovating neck-wear designs right on the spinning wheel.

Her finely tuned technique produces yarn with a vibrant modern twist, bringing a fresh design to her handspun yarns and contemporary wearable accessories.