Fibre Fest 2015

Fibre Fest 2015 is nearly upon us!

Our illustrious event coordinator Nat Billing has been hard at work organising the categories and assessment criteria.

It’s time to start considering your entries – for all the terms and conditions, please read the documents linked below IN FULL and refer any enquiries directly to Nat.

Assessment Criteria

Entry Form

Terms and Conditions

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Mapleton Craft Retreat 2.0!


Calling all spinners, knitters, weavers, felters, basketmakers, papermakers and lovers of all things fibre and textile – it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… the big reveal for the Mapleton Craft Retreat 2015!

We’ve listened to the responses from campers past and we’ve made the move back to Mapleton. It almost feels like coming home!

There are some changes this year – first, we’ve moved the dates to the last weekend in July to put a little more space between other fibre events on the calendar. Our retreat will run from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2, 2015.

We have also introduced an “early bird special” for those who pay for the whole weekend by May 15, 2015.

The plan for this retreat is to open it up to a range of fibre crafts, from the familiar to the new and exciting! If you’ve never attended a retreat before because you thought it wasn’t for you, then this is the one to try!

Stay tuned for special guests, interesting workshops, and announcements about extra activities.

Mapleton Craft Retreat 2015 Registration Form

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Karlene Lewis – 39 years of EKKA demonstrating!

Ekka’s yarn spinner draws crowds with gum leaf wonder

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Twilight Market – Friday, September 19


QSWFA are super excited to announce our very first Twilight Market, to be held Friday September 19!

We are offering a wide variety of arts and crafts for sale created by our very talented members. All are welcome to come and have a look, it will be the perfect chance to get a little early Christmas shopping done!

We would love to invite our members to reserve a spot to showcase some of your fantastic artworks in this unique suitcase sale. A spot can be reserved for $10, get in quickly! Please note that sales space will only be available to current financial members of QSWFA – if you’re not yet a member but would like to take advantage of this and our other wonderful membership benefits, please have a look at our website for everything you need to join our group!

To book or for more information, please contact

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Ties that Bind Bells that Toll – Jumpers & Jazz

In 1982, the year Queensland Spinners Weavers & Dyers moved into its permanent home, the group members created a collaborative work titled “Temple Bells” for the National Art Textile Exhibition, held in St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane.

Thirty-two years later (and now known as Queensland Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists) the group is still achieving its goals of bringing people together to share textile techniques and skills. Elements of the original “Temple Bells” work were being re-used, and added to by current members to create a new work: ”Ties that Bind Bells that Toll”, which was presented for the first time at the Warwick Tree Jumper Exhibition.

Our entry received a “Highly Commended” award in the Open Artistic Section.

We extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Nat Billing and Mary Elizabeth Barron who worked on this exhibition – great job ladies!

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