Fibre and Wool Day in Shepparton

By Ashlea Witoslawski

It was warm and cozy inside St Augustine’s Church hall in Shepparton on Saturday for the annual Fibre and Wool Day.

Hosted by the Shepparton and District Handweavers and Spinners Guild for a third year, the event showcases the group’s craft as well as displays and stalls featuring different wools, fibres, yarns and dyes, weaving tools, books and spinning wheels.

Group president Jenny Shields said it was a good day, with quite a few people coming through the doors.

Group member and event organiser Tanja Waterman said it was a good opportunity for the community to learn more about locally produced yarn and fibre, as well as new techniques.

‘‘It can be hard to find these things here, you often have to travel,’’ she said.

‘‘This is about focusing on local producers and bringing people together.

‘‘We’re showing people the amazing things we have right here in our community.’’

The Shepparton and District Handweavers and Spinners Guild, in its 47th year, is a group of people with an interest and passion for fibre and a number of techniques including felting, spinning, weaving, knitting, and crochet.

Meeting on the first Saturday of every month at St Augustine’s Church hall, members are encouraged to bring their projects along and work in a friendly and supportive environment.

Shepparton and District Handweavers and Spinners Guild are hosting ‘‘Spinning Spectacular’’ on the first weekend of August at Shepparton Golf Club, 15 Golf Dve, Shepparton.

Beginning with a dinner on Friday, August 2, attendees will enjoy two days of workshops to improve their skills and techniques.

A physiotherapist will also be on hand to help people learn more about correct sitting techniques.

For more information, phone Lynne McCartney 0458200462.