Weavers welcome the approaching winter

Craft : Spinners and Weavers member Susan Duyker operating a simple old style Inkle loom.Picture John Veage
Craft : Spinners and Weavers member Susan Duyker operating a simple old style Inkle loom.Picture John Veage

It must be close to winter because the Sutherland Shire Spinners and Weavers club is once again presenting an exhibition and sale of the work of its members at the annual Winter Wool Fair.

Featuring displays of an amazing variety of woollen creations there are also  spinning and weaving demonstrations and suppliers selling fibres, yarns and equipment.

Sylvania’s Susan Duyker has been weaving for many years but only joined the Sutherland Shire Spinners and Weavers two years ago.

She said Spinners and Weavers brings together people who wish to practise the art of hand spinning and weaving.

The friendly and creative group includes spinners, loom and tapestry weavers, felters, dyers, crocheters and knitters.

“The Spinners and Weavers are a large and diverse group who can almost do anything and they will teach and pass on all this knowledge,” Mrs Duyker said.

Natural: You can get  beautiful natural dyes using Eucalyptus leaves,bark and flowers.Picture John Veage

Natural: You can get beautiful natural dyes using Eucalyptus leaves,bark and flowers.Picture John Veage

“Even though I could weave since my teens I decided I wanted  to learn how to spin.

“It's still a craft industry but there is a real resurgence in the hand made and artistic value of products-its a functional pursuit not virtual.

“I have just got obsessed with dyeing material with eucalypts ,it’s amazing the different colours from different species.”

The club is one of the oldest established associations in the Sutherland Shire and was formed in 1971.

If people want to see this craft being practised, the Spinners and Weavers are holding a demonstration session at Sylvania Library this Friday, May 18 from 9.30am.

All are welcome.

Admission to the  two-day Winter Wool Fair is free at the Sutherland Uniting Church Hall (corner of Merton and Flora Street) from 9.30am to 4.30pm on June 1 and 2.