SpinIn 2017

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March at the Bothwell District High School

...but stay a while on Kickback Sunday and wind down. Spin your friendships, share your stories, sip a cuppa, pack down at leisure. Coffee and food sales will be available.

It is a fun filled, two day event of fibre, fleece, fabric and more


Fashion Parade







Sheep Dog Trials

Fleece Display Boxes

Day Entry: Adult $8.00 per person

Children under 15 years free

 Essential Equipment for Each Registrant - Please bring a THIMBLE and a sense of FUN 

If you want to have fun, meet new people, and challenge your own skills, this is the competition for you! Friday morning at 1145am.

In a team of four you will prepare raw fibre, spin a yarn, and knit an article in a specified time frame. The article is a secret right up until the bell sounds to begin. Knitters will interpret the pattern while the spinners begin creating the yarn. The winning team of 4 are named on a perpetual trophy donated by the HWSD Guild of Tasmania, and each team member receives a small engraved plaque. Can you meet the Bothwell Highland Challenge?

bothwelltrophy.jpgEntry Form

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 weighing just ten grams using raw sheep's wool or alpaca! There are categories for different spinning methods.

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.

Here are the relevant forms. RulesInformation -  Entry Alpaca Fibre -  Entry Sheep Fibre Entry date was 31st October 2016.


Wool Class A; Wool on Spinning wheel, Sponsor Ashford, Prize $400 Ashford Product

Wool Class B; Wool Thread of Friendship, not measured, added to Friendship Ball

Wool Class C10; Junior Spinners <10yrs, Sponsor The Wool Shop, Prize $50

Wool Class C16; Junior Spinners >10yrs and up to 16yrs, Sponsor The Wool Shop, Prize $50

Wool Class D; Wool on Spindle, Sponsor R Ward & M Woolley, Prize Janet Ward Memorial Trophy

Wool Class E; Wool on eSpinner, Sponsor HansenCrafts LLC, Prize $200

Alpaca Class A; Alpaca on Spinning wheel, Sponsor AAA, Prize $50

Alpaca Class B; Thread of Friendship, not measured, added to Friendship Ball

Alpaca Class D; Alpaca on Spindle, Sponsor AAA, Prize $50

Alpaca Class E; Alpaca on eSpinner, Sponsor AAA, Prize $50

The Friendship Ball is an attempt 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. It has been added to at each and every SpinIN and will be displayed at the event. Add your thread in person, send it in by mail, allow your longest thread to be added - anyway you can, add a piece to our friendship ball so that one day it may circle our world.


Mary Simon Perpetual Trophy honours Mary, who loved colour and was a member of the South Hobart Group. 

This year it is A Bag With A Purpose

Entry Form

Val Payne was a specialist breeder of Moorit coloured sheep. She started breeding these wonderful animals back in the 70's with spinning characteristics of the fleece in mind, and the flock continued until 2013. Although the flock has now been dispersed other people passionate about these special sheep have taken on the task to continue her legacy.


Moorit sheep are genetically a double recessive gene that produces a true brown fleece. These sheep have brown skin and are brown nose to toes; they are not black sheep with a brown tinge. Their colour ranges from a light fawn through to a chocolate brown (not a very dark brown).

Entry Form.


Competition Classes. Sponsor and Prize added as they become available.


Class 1: Lace Weight Knitting Hand Spun - any article of your choice. Sponsor: The Alpaca Shoppe, Deloraine. Prize $50

Class 2: Lace Weight Knitting Mill Spun - any article of your choice. Sponsor: The Alpaca Shoppe, Deloraine. Prize $50


Class 3: Hand Spun Skein Art yarn - approx 100gms. Sponsor: HansenCrafts LLC, Prize $50

Class 4: Hand Spun Skein Lace Weight from fleece 18wpi or more - approx 50gms. Sponsor: HansenCrafts LLC, Prize $50

Class 5: Hand Spun Skein Medium Weight from fleece 11 - 17 dpi, 8 ply / DK - approx 50gms. Sponsor: HansenCrafts LLC, Prize $50


Class 6: Hand Spun Skein from hand dyed commercial top - approx 50gms. Sponsor: HansenCrafts LLC, Prize $50

Class 7: Hand Spun Skein from Natural dye or dyes - please state dye/s - approx 50gms. Sponsor: Victorian Feltmakers, Prize $50


Class 8: Weaving Rigid Heddle / Knitters Loom - woven article of your choice. Sponsor: Northern Branch of the HWSD Guild Tasmania, Prize $75

Class 9: Weaving on a Shaft Loom - woven article of your choice. Sponsor: Northern Branch of the HWSD Guild Tasmania, Prize $75


Class 10: Felted article with a Highland theme - Adult entry. Sponsor: Victorian Feltmakers, Prize $50

Class 11: Felted article with a Highland theme - Child entry. Sponsor: Barbara Fowler, Prize $60

Entry Form - please note, if you are entering more than 4 items you will need to print multiple forms.

Demonstrations, Workshops and Fun Activity in development.

The Show and Tell is your chance to share your craftiness with others, we are looking forward to your participation.


The Fashion Parade is a lot of fun, enter your item so it can be showed off on the catwalk.

Local, National and International Guests are a strong part of our event and we look forward to sharing their names with you soon.

This spot is reserved for our photos of the 2017 event. Will you be there, will your show and tell, your fashion parade, your competition item feature? We hope so.