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
Please complete the entry form and send or deliver with your competition items to:
The Wool Shop, 58 Main Road, Moonah
Or posted to PO Box 394, Moonah Tas. 7009
By Wednesday 11th February, 2015
Don’t forget to include a sample of fibres used and a description of the technique used with your competition item.
Items can be collected on Sunday 1st March at the end of the SpinIn or from 58 Main Road, Moonah after Tuesday 3rd of March. If not collecting your item a prepaid post bag MUST be supplied to enable us to return your Item. If no prepaid post bag is supplied your item will be held at The Wool Shop, 58 Main Road, Moonah till you collect it.
If you would like your item to be put for sale please mark this on the competition entry form. 20% of all items sold will be held by the committee.
Lace weight Knitting – 2 classes in this lace weight competition
A. A handspun lace weight knitted article of your choice
B. A mill spun lace weight knitted article of your choice
There will be a $50 prize for each class, sponsored by the Lucky Ewe of Oatlands
2. Weaving competition – 2 classes in this competition
A. Rigid heddle / knitters loom loom woven article of your choice
B. Article woven on a 4 (or more) shaft loom
This competition will be sponsored by the Northern Branch Weaving Group of HWS&D Guild, Tasmania
There will be a $50 prize in each class.
3. Needle Felting competition – Children’s competition only
A. A felted picture with a farm yard theme
Sponsored by The Wool Shop, Moonah - $50
4. Knitting competition – a knitted jacket any weight and any size
A. Must be an original design and can be made with natural fibre handspun or commercial spun.
Sponsored by The Wool Shop, Moonah - $50
5. Spun skein
A. Art Yarn skein - approximately 100 grams
B. Lace weight skein from fleece (18wpi or more) – approximately 50 grams
C. Medium weight skein from fleece (8ply/DK/11-17wpi) – approximately 100 grams
D. Skein from hand dyed commercial top – approximately 100 grams
E. Skein from natural dye or dyes (state dye/s) – approximately 100 grams
Items A, B, C and D are sponsored by Hansen Crafts - $50 for each section
Item E is sponsored by the Northern Branch Weaving Group of HWS&D Guild, Tasmania - $50
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
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
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
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
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.