Fibre Arts Expo

We are excited to present the Fibre Arts Expo, an exhibition of our members’ finest works at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium.

Held from 10 to 12 June, 9 am to 5 pm, the Fibre Arts Expo showcases work that is not only of the highest calibre in craftsmanship and technical ability, but which also speaks to the intricacy of expression, the intimacy of design, thoughtful communication, and visual excitement.

There will be a diverse range of traditional and contemporary fibre arts skills on display including Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing, Paper, Bookmaking, Basketry, Stitching, Knitting and Crochet.

Come and meet the Rolling Possum’s bunyip!

Judged by a panel of experts, entries will be evaluated on concept, design, and technique. Visitors are also invited to choose their favourite to win the Viewer’s Choice Award.

Attend Fibre Arts Expo for an eye-opening view of the creating process with demonstrators scheduled for each day.

The art gallery experience is also complemented by an on-site Gallery Shop, the perfect place to pick up handmade warm winter garments and accessories.

Finally, relax in the Café with a cuppa and delicious hot lunch or sweet treat.

The Queensland Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists group are all-inclusive, welcoming all backgrounds and skill levels from beginners to experienced. They look forward to meeting you at the Fibre Arts Expo.

Entry is $5 and includes a raffle ticket. Children receive FREE entry.

The Exhibition Opening is on Friday 10 June at 6.30 pm.

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When: Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June 2022

Where: Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Brisbane

Cost: Entry is $5 – includes a raffle ticket. Children receive FREE entry

Fungus Fest

We have been getting together to crochet, knit and felt fungus. Yes, ghost fungus in fact. It is a bioluminescent fungus local to SE Qld. We are making an art exhibit, ‘Neon Night Garden’ for Botanica which is on from 20-29 May at night in the City Botanic Gardens.

If you would like to make some with us, the patterns are below. The finished fungus has to glow yellow or green under black light so you have to use special materials that we have sourced.

Thank You BBQ

Thank you to everyone who helped us help those in need after the devastating floods three weeks ago! We were glad to be able to host a BBQ last Saturday to give back to the community and allow those we helped to thank the wonderful people and businesses that donated food, cleaning supplies, toiletries and much more.

Fibre Arts Retreat 2022

A weekend away, surrounded by your craft (spinning, knitting, weaving, felting,…..) and crafting friends. Sounds great, doesn’t it! Now’s the time to book in to our annual Fibre Arts Retreat 29-31 July 2022 in rustic Mapleton in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The weekend starts Friday afternoon when you can catch up with old and new friends. All meals provided, so you’ll have time to craft without worrying about cooking (or cleaning up!). Friday evening we have planned some skill share sessions where you can polish up old skills or learn new ones. And throughout the weekend there are several workshops. (Download our workshop brochure here.) And, if you would rather a more unstructured weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to work on your own projects (or get a massage). There will be several opportunities over the weekend to shop with our fibre vendors, including goods from our own Emporium. Craft ’til you drop (or at least until after lunch on Sunday).

For more information and to book your place, visit our Fibre Arts Retreat page and scroll down to the bottom.

See you there in July!

Crafting Christmas Cheer…

ABC radio Brisbane loves hearing about ideas from QSWFA to keep kids’ creative hands busy while getting ready for Christmas and setting the table for a festive meal. They invited Michelle for an interview yesterday morning to give a few quick and easy, no skills required, make at home, decorations……

Michelle’s interview on ABC Brisbane Radio, 21 December 2021

Profile: Weaver’s Interest Group

Weaver’s Interest Group is a bit different from some of the other groups at QSWFA. After all, it’s difficult to cart your floor loom into a meeting! The monthly meeting (1st Wednesday at 10 am) is more of a study or discussion group than a crafting session. Each month we discuss a specific topic and bring examples that we have woven. We also have ‘show and tell’ for our recently completed projects.

At the November 2021 meeting, the topic was wearable handwoven clothing. Members brought in some lovely garments and wraps – some beautifully tailored, and others with minimal construction but nonetheless stunning.