The group was founded by Cecile Falvey OAM. She was a lecturer of Applied Textile Studies at Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education (now Queensland University of Technology), between the 1960s to 1996. She has been an active member of many arts groups including the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, Irish Guild of Weavers, Handweavers Guild of America, and former committee member of the Queensland Craft Council.
In 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia for her service to the promotion and development of the textile sector through a range of professional associations and as an educator, particularly in the field of weaving. In 2009, Cecily had her award winning design After the Bushfire, a handspun wool scarf, showcased in New York at a prestigious event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
For more information, you may like to read The First Twenty Years, a history of QSWFA.