Local producers showcased

June 04, 2018

Colourful: Beersheba Farms wool producer Wendy Beer had a stall at the Fibre and Wool event. Pictures: Ashlea Witoslawski.

Kialla's Marie Burley was spinning Alpaca fleece on the day of the event.

Model bunny: Angora Rabbit Fleece’s Christina Heaphy of Clonbinane and Annabelle MacDonald of Carlsruhe had a stall on the day with the help of Angora rabbit Disco Doll.

Loyal: Joanne Gwin of Nathalia has been a part of the Shepparton and District Handweavers and Spinners Guild for seven years.

Making a shawl: Maitri Housiaux of Marraweeney.

Teaching: Lynne McCartney of Tatura hosted a workshop on wool embroidery.

Saturday’s Fibre and Wool Day was the perfect beginning to winter, as spinners, weavers and the like met at St Augustine’s Hall in Shepparton to work on their craft and learn more.

Organised by the Shepparton and District Handweavers and Spinners Guild, the group celebrated a wonderful turnout for its second annual event.

Guild member and event organiser Tanja Waterman said the group decided to create this event to showcase Goulburn Valley producers.

‘‘We wanted to bring something local as there wasn’t anything like this close and we have a lot of great producers in the Goulburn Valley region,’’ Ms Waterman said.

Many took a seat at their spinning wheels or with their needles and enjoyed the company of others, learning new techniques or simply having a chat.

There were also different workshops and demonstrations during the day.

Moorngag sheep farmer and spinner Wendy Beer had a stall, showcasing her Beersheba Farm wool, ranging from superfine merino to carpet-wool drysdale.

‘‘It’s been a nice day and everyone has been really friendly,’’ Ms Beer said.

There was also a stall sporting Angora rabbit fibre, modelling a chocolate colour Angora rabbit named Disco Doll.

Angora Rabbit Fibre Australia owner Christina Heaphy enjoyed her second year at the event.

‘‘It’s been really good and nice to see some younger people around as well,’’ she said.

All funds raised support the Shepparton and District Handweavers and Spinners Guild for future events.

‘‘Thank you to the vendors and public for coming along and supporting us,’’ Ms Waterman said.

Fibre and Wool Day will return next year on the first Saturday in June.

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