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Hello, and welcome to the Berry Spinners & Weavers, Inc. We are a group of men and women who design and create beautiful articles handcrafted from textiles of all kinds. We practise the traditional crafts of spinning, weaving and knitting, just to name a few.

Many of our senior members have decades of experience, from working in the textile industry; through tertiary education; from travelling and learning craft techniques from other cultures; exhibiting their own works; or simply years of creating napery and clothing at home.

We have award-winning members among our flock and we encourage all members to exhibit in regional agricultural shows and the NSW Royal Easter Agricultural Show. We also exhibit and show our work at our biennial Open Day, the Berry Celtic Festival and the annual Berry Show.

Please browse our site. If you’d like to contact us, visit us, or you’re passing through town — and would like to see what we do — then please use our <
Contact Us page>.
Our regular meeting is every Thursday morning.

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Spinning
Many of our members are spinners who are more than willing to help beginners learn and spinners
improve. We can assist you to assess the characteristics and quality of various wools, hairs and fibres from the many different animals and plants used for spinning. We have members who can show you wheel spinning or drop-spindle spinning.
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Knitting
Knitting includes many stitch techniques, such as simple garter stitch, complex lace knitting, colourful Fair Isle sweaters and heraldic cables. Between all members we have probably knitted every stitch known. We have members who regularly visit the islands of the NE Atlantic and who are very knowledgable about these traditional styles as well as particular fleece types from the indigenous flocks there. We have knitters who use the English method (right hand wool) as well as the Continental method (left hand wool). If you would like to learn to knit or crochet then we have members willing to teach you how.
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Weaving
Over a dozen of our members are hand-loom weavers using rigid heddle looms, Saori looms, inkle looms, tapestry looms, table looms and floor looms. We have also been gifted two large floor looms, housed at our meeting hall, available for members to use as well as smaller table looms available for loan. Weavers meet once a month after our usual general business meeting to discuss all things weaving. Members will bring along items to show and we discuss techniques and problems related to weaving. Our weavers regularly come together to weave a 'community' item that we raffle for charity.
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Crochet & Lace
Many of our members are expert in the many types of crochet; from simple stitches to Tunisian Crochet (which is a cross between knitting and crochet). If you wish to learn crochet, then members will be able to assist you. Some of our members are competent in bobbin lace making, crochet lace making, candlewicking and tatting.

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Dyeing
Many of our members have a sound knowledge of natural dyeing recipes and methods using regional plants and fungi. Throughout the year we hold dyeing discussions and practical workshops. Some members are constantly finding and trialling new ingredients.

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Felting
As felting has become more popular, some of our members have taken up felting alongside their other craft activities. We do, however, have a few members who prefer felting and they produce beautiful and award-winning work. We do both wet felting and needle felting. We also make clothing items and accessories from the handmade felt.

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Locker Hook & Latch Hook rugs and wallhangings
Situated on one wall of our meeting hall is an enormous latch-hooked wall hanging rug designed and made by one of our long time members. This rug is taken, annually, to the Royal Easter Show to decorate the the sheep and wool pavilion. Hooked rugs and hangings use a canvas grid backing into which yarn or other textiles are inserted and pulled through using a small hook tool. It's a very rewarding activity to get children started on their craft journey.
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Kumihimo

Kumihimo is a technique of braiding, usually associated with Japan. Some of our members have learnt kumihimo and are competent to teach it to others. Japanese Kumihimo is mostly used for embellishing Kimonos, cushions, bags, upholstery and curtains.

Please browse our site. If you’d like to contact us, visit us, or you’re passing through town — and would like to see what we do — then please use our <Contact Us page>.
Our regular meeting is every Thursday morning.