our craftmakers . weaving . basketry
Elizabeth Calnan . designer weaver
My main interest is in experimenting with colour and structure, so I like to keep changing the weave structures I use in my scarves, wraps and clothing.
I also weave rugs, wall hangings and some table linen. Hand-dyeing many of the fibres, weaving and embroidery yarns, allows me to create subtle variations in colouring.
I always have more ideas and designs than I can possibly complete but I would like to do more clothing by combining plain and patterned handwoven cloth. I am also interested in variations of double weave. This is where two layers of cloth are woven one above the other, allowing the interchange of a whole layer or part of a layer.
Wendy Cartwright . spinning and weaving
In 1970, after the birth of my third child, I felt I needed some external stimulation and so completed a one year handweaving course at East Sydney Technical College.
I have been weaving ever since. Weaving can be a simple or as complex as the weaver wishes and I find it fulfils my creative urges and also offers intellectual stimulation
My main interest is weaving fabric for clothing. I also enjoy weaving floor rugs. I like to experiment with complex weaves and colour and texture. My aim is to concentrate more on spinning silk and wool fibres and to continue experimenting with dyeing yarns. In this way I hope to create unique fabrics to make into garments.
Nan Crozier . weaving . felted hats
I love working with luxury fibres such as mohair, alpaca, silk and wool. I weave wraps, scarves and jackets using simple weaves to produce an interesting fabric with colour and texture.
I am making felted hats, first spinning the merino fleece and knitting the hat, incorporating alpaca, mohair or angora, then dyeing and felting the hat. These have proved very popular and have gone all over the world from Iceland to New Zealand
Beverley Dargin . weaver
I cannot remember when I was not interested in fabric and design. Sewing for myself and family as well as an involvement in theatre costume provided stimulation. The challenge came when I joined the local Spinners and Weaving Guild
There I was surrounded by the most beautiful fine Australian Merino wool. I was hooked! I bought my first spinning wheel and then a weaving loom. Weaving has become a delight for me, working with wool and blending myriads of different fibres and colours to make scarves, wraps, bags and clothing.
Joy Dodd . textile weaver
I have been weaving wearable items such as scarves, wraps, capes and handbags. I prefer working with natural fibres such as fine wool, alpaca, silk, bamboo, tencel and cotton.
I also love colour and try to use fibres which are hand dyed by myself or friends, and enjoy working with different coloured and textured yarns to create handcrafted articles to suit a modern market.
I learned to weave through courses run by the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of NSW, building on a lifetime of textiles enjoyed through kntting, crocheting, embroidery and dressmaking and I continue to learn and improve my skills and ability through formal and informal training.
Helen Frostell . spinning and weaving
While living in Sweden for five years I was strongly influenced by the design, colour and texture of textiles. My introduction was through attending batik classes in Stockholm.
I became aware then of the wonderful world of colour and design. Weaving has become my way to combine pleasure and the gathering of knowledge and express it in a complete work. The use of colour, texture and design possibilities is of great interest, using silk linen and wool.
Gwen Hanna . handweaver
On leaving the workforce and stimulated by a long-standing but general interest in handcrafts, I sought an activity which would be an on-going learning process combined with social contact.
The local Technical College offered several possible courses and without any particular motivation, I chose weaving, not realising that it would quickly become an all-absorbing and dominant activity in my life.
My main focus is directed towards weaving fabric suitable for clothing and accessories such as wraps and scarves. At times this involves dyeing yarns to produce interesting colour and weave effects.
Vicki Lowery . weaver
I weave in a range of fibres such as silk, wool, and alpaca. I delight in the excitement of trying new combinations of colours and finding out how different colours and fibre types suit different weave structures.
Because I usually dye my own yarn, both commercial yarn and my own handspun, I enjoy experimenting with my choice of colours. Silk takes up colour wonderfully and its sheen and brilliance make for beautiful scarves that are enjoyable to wear. Alpaca has a wonderful softness and is a joy to wear. Wool too takes up colour very well and provides endless ways of structuring interesting items of weaving.
I completed a three year weaving course with Liz Calnan at the Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW and learned spinning from Linda Coffil.
Margaret Olah . basket weaver
The idea of producing an artwork from grasses and plants is of great interest to me. Being shown how to spin and weave by Virginia Kaiser in a workshop at the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, set me on the path of experimenting with fibres.
I am constantly on the hunt for materials that will spin and twine. I help 'tidy' gardens, ask permission from councils to harvest from gullies and parks, and cultivate as much as possible in my tiny garden and in the common areas of my units.
I check out the landscape maintenance trucks with some success, and am often seen hauling huge palm seed bunches and bundles of 'stuff' into my unit, much to the amusement of my neighbours.
Dawn Talbot . weaver
Growing up in Melbourne, knitting was a natural pastime for those cold winter months and my mother was a patient teacher. Many years later while living in California, I rediscovered knitting as the US became knitting obsessed.
On moving back to Australia in 2010 I enrolled in the Weaving Course at the NSW Handweavers and Spinners Guild and completed their three year course studying various weave structures under the vigilant tutorship of Elizabeth Calnan. I have also taken opportunities to study with other weavers, both in Australia and overseas.
Helen Wilder . handweaver
I weave because I enjoy creating beautiful fabrics. Colour and the way it effects weave structures fascinates me.
I continue to work with the 'what if' theory to try to create fresh and appealing examples of the ancient art of weaving. The simple designs and colours of the Scandinavian weaver have great influence on my work