The International Scarf Exchange is Coming.

QSWFA International Scarf Exchange

QSWFA International Scarf Exchange

Hi everyone my name is Felicity Clarke and I have volunteered to run the 2017 International Scarf Exchange. The International Scarf Exchange has run for 24 years in Australia but has never been held by Qld Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists and was last held in the state of Qld in Toowoomba in 1996.

I gingerly held my hand up to run the 2017 Exchange for our organization. I have designed the new entry form which will be available online, on our official facebook page and a link on the qswfa website as well as physically from the hall before the Christmas break. I am getting photos from the current co-ordinator of the Bland Spinners and Weavers Group, of the successful exhibition they held a few weeks ago, to upload onto facebook for our launch. We have already had our first entrant from a keen participant from Geelong  ,( as I provided entry forms for the 2016 organizers to include with their returns) –which only went out last tuesday. And enquiries from NZ and Holland have already come in.

So the 2016 Exchange has officially concluded and ours will now kick off!!

 What is involved?

The theme this year is Brisvegas, the colours of the tropics.

It’s easy to participate in this exchange and join in the fun. Send us 150 grams of fibre, and we will send you someone else’s fibre from across the world. You get busy and make a colourful creation in five months which you send back to us. We will display all of the entries for this international swap. We then send you back your original fibre that someone has transformed into a beautiful item…. you get the picture!!!!

The fibre can be spun, dyed, or felted, then woven, knitted or crocheted and embellished to produce a scarf, shawl, beanie, hat or bag or whatever you can come up with. If you don’t spin –call a friend or the organization to help or you can felt a base. Be creative and innovative in producing a colourful artwork to share

Dates

  1. Fibre and form received by January 15 2017
  2. Fibre swapped and posted out by February 01 2017
  1. Closing date for the return of the article to Brisbane will be June 30th 2017, as all entries will be displayed at Fibrefest and the hall for members , and I am negotiating to get another exhibition and/or a large no. of BCC council libraries displaying the items across Brisbane.
  1. Articles will be returned to the original supplier of the fibre after August – October 2017 depending on displays organized.

Having chatted with a no. of previous organizers including the lovely ladies from Bland NSW, I think this will be a great forum to promote our organization across Australia and the world. I will be calling for volunteers to help swap the fibre in feb 2017 and later in the year, otherwise you can all sit back and create beautiful pieces. I will be regularly updating our site as pieces arrive and all participants work will be able to be viewed on facebook, a great way to showcase to the world and the myriad of other spinning, weaving and textile groups what we can do and hopefully bring in some new members.

So get ready to be creative!!!

Click here to download the form.

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The case for change

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Hello to all the members of QSW&FA Group.

Some of you may not be aware that at the beginning of this month an Extraordinary General Meeting was held at Fibrecraft House. Please go to the EGM page for more details. The purpose was to inform members, so that a vote can be taken at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on Saturday 3rd of September on the long-term direction of the group.

The presentation (there’s a copy on the EGM page) was the culmination of over six months of research. This included reviewing almost 50 years of board minutes and Clippings, as well as gathering and analysing over 10 years of financial and membership data, and the results of the membership survey undertaken in June.

The result of this has led to an honest look at ourselves. There are fundamental challenges facing the group. Our financial and membership numbers are steadily in decline and the day to day overhead of managing the group, with fewer and fewer people, is unsustainable.

This is not a Board issue, this is something that will effect every craft group and member. The decision we have to make is this…

Do we downsize our offerings and minimise the overheads and make provisions to eventually close down?

Or do we go back to our original purpose, communicating, engaging and operating in a new way, to reach new and different audiences and a new generation to ensure the group can continue on for anther 50 years?

If we decide as a group the we want the latter option, we will need to work together over the next 3 years to turn our position around. That will mean change. And not everyone is comfortable with change. “One reason people don’t like change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.” There is much to be gained from reaching out to new people in new ways.

We are not changing the fundamental purpose of our commitment to fibre art. If anything, we would be keeping true to the original aims of the group as it was formed in 1969:

  • To promote a knowledge of and interest in spinning, weaving and dyeing in the state.
  • To share one’s skills with others.
  • To create a friendly, caring atmosphere

What has to change is the way we do these things and ensure we remain relevant, not just for ourselves, but for anybody who has an interest in fibre arts.

Spinning and weaving are traditions that have been passed down for over 2000 years. Cecile, our founder, had a dream – she was brave enough to act on it and share it with others. To ensure that the tradition, as well as the craftsmanship and the art would continue. That dream has become our dream and our passion and the responsibility of all of us, regardless of what craft we pursue, to emerging generations and beyond.

The other option on the table, to continue as we are, would mean each of us going our own separate way and saying goodbye to the incredible history and accomplishments of the last 47 years.

Please take the time to make your voice heard and vote on Resolution 4 at the Annual General Meeting.

Thank you

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Mapleton Camp is Coming!

QSWFA’s fantastic craft retreat, known as Mapleton Camp, is just over the horizon – July 29-31!

The camp convenors are working hard to bring you a selection of interesting and informative workshops, talks, and demonstrations. Stay tuned for the lineup!

Mapleton Camp 2016 Enrolment Form

If you have any questions, comments, concerns or just want to find out what it’s all about, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

See you in Mapleton!

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Beginning Weaving with Kay Faulkner

Beginning Weaving Workshop, Sat July 23 & Sun July 24
This workshop is designed to equip the beginner weaver with basic skills to enable them to go forward and weave independently at a basic level. Participants will work step by step in a simple logical manner to create this framework and in addition the participant gets to weave their own individually designed and hand woven scarf.

For tickets, please click here.

 

Beginning weaving workshop 2012.

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Mapleton Camp

QSWFA’s fantastic craft retreat, known as Mapleton Camp, is just over the horizon – July 29-31!

The camp convenors are working hard to bring you a selection of interesting and informative workshops, talks, and demonstrations. Stay tuned for the lineup!

Mapleton Camp 2016 Enrolment Form

If you have any questions, comments, concerns or just want to find out what it’s all about, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.

See you in Mapleton!

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