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A very big thank you to Glenora Weaving and Wool and Sew & Tell, Berry for their prize donations!

Hello, and welcome to our website. We are a wonderful group of women and men — even children sometimes — who have a passion for the domestic crafts and the creating, designing and making of beautiful articles from textiles of all kinds. Many of our senior members have decades of experience: either working in the textile industry; exploring traditional skills from other lands; designing and exhibiting their own works; or simply creating domestic gems to beautify their homes and dress their families! Our newer members, now learning these time-honoured skills, gratefully acknowledge our more experienced crafts people.

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

Thankfully we live in Berry — with its crisp, cold winters — so we get to indulge in all things warm and woolly, sleek and silky, crisp and cottony; while chatting and drinking a warm beverage.

Please have a look around 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>.
We love welcoming new folk and ‘spinning a yarn or two!’

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Spinning
Many of our members are spinners and, as with our other craft skills, they are more than willing to help those interested to learn or improve.

We can show you how to assess the characteristics and quality of various hairs and fibres from the many different animals and plants used in spinning. We can show you how to spin with a spinning wheel or the more ancient skill of drop-spindle spinning
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Knitting


There are many styles of knitting, from simple garter stitch to complex lace shawls and intricate cabled ganseys. As well as using traditional straight needles, you can use circular needles and even finger knitting and arm knitting! Our members knit using the English method (right hand wool) as well as the Continental method (left hand wool). Experienced members are happy to discuss ideas with you and show you how.
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Weaving

Over a dozen of our members are hand-loom weavers and we have some true talent in this craft. We are very fortunate to have been gifted two lovely (large!) floor looms which are in regular use. Our members use all styles of loom including: Rigid Heddle looms, Saori looms, inkle looms, tapestry looms, table looms and floor looms. If its got a frame and a warp, then Im sure one of us would weave on it!

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Crochet

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). We have members who make bobbin lace, crochet lace and who even do tatting!

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Dyeing

Natural fibres (vegetable or protein) can be dyed using various techniques; using leaves, husks and flowers; or jelly dyeing using jelly crystals and commercial dyes. Dye-setting techniques we use include crampot, microwave, stove-top or solar dyeing. It’s always lots of ‘messy’ fun.

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Felting

As felting has become more popular, some of our members have taken up felting alongside their father craft activities. We do, however, have a few members who prefer felting and they produce beautiful and outstanding work. We can do both wet felting and needle felting. We also make items from handmade felt.

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Locker hooking & Latch Hook floor rugs

Both use a canvas grid backing yarn and strips of carded fleece or material strips can be hooked through the grid to make a design.
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Kumihimo (which means ‘gathered thread’)

is a form of braiding, developed by the Japanese. Used for embellishing finished work such as Kimonos, cushions, bags, upholstery and curtains.

These are just some of the wonderful skills our members have to share. If you have any textile or fibre crafts that you would like to experience, just ask and some one will know how to do it!

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