Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria

  Site Update: 17 April

The Guild aims to bring together those who practise, or wish to practise, handweaving, spinning and allied crafts. It seeks to help and encourage them to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills in these crafts through discussion, demonstration, exhibition, teaching and the provision of resource materials.

Please browse through our website which contains lots of interesting information about these crafts. If we can assist in any way, or if you would like to join some of our activities, give us a call or email us. All our details are available on the Contacts page together with an application for membership.


Guild meeting Day Saturday 16th May 2015

10.30am Regular Monthly Meeting
12:00pm MD Presentation of 20 year badges and a 40 year certificate
12.30pm Lunch (please bring a plate to share)

The present committee looks forward to some new faces and refreshing ideas on the Committee for 2015/2016. As most would know, the current committee meets on the first Monday of the month at 1pm but the time and date has moved many times to suit the committee members at the time. Nomination forms are available in the Guild

Certificate Weaving - Intensive just announced. Check the Classes page for details.

New Classes have been added. Check the Classes page for details.

Rigid Heddle weaving

Above is an example of Rigid Heddle weaving - a new class added for May/June 2015

Also check out the photos from this year's weaving class whilst you're on that page.

Some photos from Summer School have been placed on the Summer School page: click here

  0809 Weavers


April Meeting
Convenor: Marilyn Fincher
"Melbourne College of Textiles -
experiences as a student"

Time/Date 10.30am 25 April.

NB: yes, meeting on Anzac Day!

May Meeting
Planning day for Exhibition & Open Day
Time/Date 10.30am 23 May.

  Knitting with Handspun

Meets 2nd Saturday of the month
10am - 1pm

  Experimental Spinners

Meets 1st Saturday of the month
1pm to 4pm

  Spindlers Group

Under the leadership of Tricia, this is a new group for the Guild that will meet on the 1st Saturday of the month 10am to 1pm, except for May which is the 2nd Saturday
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th
August 1st
September 5th
October 3rd
November 7th
December 5th

Seeking Information

Guild member Lorraine Cross is compiling a database of Australian Spinning wheels and their makers and seeking information on craftsmen including:

  • Philip Elford, who made spinning wheels in Ballarat
  • Nairne Butchart, past president of the Guild and a wheel maker
  • Norman Walsh, original maker of Ettrick wheels
  • Eric and Min Corrin   Sheriden wheels
  • R. Kelly who advertised in the Guild's magazine in the early 1990s ( Was he the maker of the decorative horizontal "Ballarat" wheel?)
  • Alan Kelly who made Ceallaigh Craft Wheels in Cape Schank

Contact Lorraine Cross 
Email spinneroo@Hotmail.com

You can also type in Australian Spinning Wheels on your search engine for more information

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Australian Woolcraft


Textile Bazaar

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0809 Weavers invite you to join them at an Open Day to experience the art of hand weaving.

Open Day and Exhibition

11am - 3pm

Saturday 30 May 2015

0809 Weavers group logo

Download a brochure here

Inkle, Rigid Heddle, four and eight shaft looms will be set up for you to experience many weaving techniques with assistance from members of our 0809 Weavers interest group

Members will also demonstrate how to wind warps and dress looms.


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Looking for a way to sell your work?

Through the Gallery the Guild provides
opportunities for members to sell their work.

For more information ring the Guild on (03) 9387 9222