What is the Knitters Guild?

 

The Knitters' Guild NSW Inc. was established more than 30 years ago to promote and encourage hand knitting and crochet. The Guild provides the opportunity for members to learn both traditional and modern techniques, and to keep up with the latest developments in material developments and knitting and crochet design in Australia and internationally. It also encourages maintenance of high standards in design and technique, and encourages the exhibition of members’ work. We also encourage local dyers and retailers to become retail members of our organisation, which brings benefits to both their business and to our members.

Our nearly 800 members all belong to a local group, and more than 25 Guild groups meet regularly throughout NSW. Meetings encompass a variety of activities, including talks and presentations, short classes, longer workshops, retail opportunities with local indie dyers and designers, and the chance to practise our crafts in the companionship of like-minded people. As well as the chance to attend a meeting, members of the Guild receive a monthly e-newsletter, KGBytes, and a quarterly magazine in digital or paper format.

We recently held our inaugural FibreFest in rural NSW, and also hold a weekend event, KnitCamp, every two years. Camp gives us the chance to invite international guests, showcase our work, learn from our expert tutors and from each other, and just have a lot of fun as a craft community. Several one-day events offering a number of workshops, held in different venues around the state, are also planned for 2017.

Knitting and crochet are far from moribund crafts. New techniques and ways of creating fabrics are being developed constantly by designers around the world. The Guild has responded to this international surge in skill development by offering skills-based workshops at least monthly, in locations around the state. These are taught by local experts, and are tightly focused on specific techniques. Members have first priority in booking for these quality learning experiences.  From time to time we have also been able to host international guest tutors for very successful workshops.

The Guild is presently re-developing its suite of certificates to increase knowledge and skill of craft within the community. The new introductory certificate will be available soon, and will be followed by a series of modules for specific skills in both traditional and modern techniques. These modules will be free to download, and a small charge will be made for the assessment and certification process. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As the Guild grows and develops we are keeping the links to our history, and the history of craft in NSW, alive through the work of our Archives Committee. They aim to preserve and exhibit the examples of knitting and crochet and patterns from the past that have been amassed since our founding. These will be available for teaching and exhibition, and will form a link between the crafts of knitting and crochet, which were largely hidden and domestic, and the much more open and public practice of craft today.

 

 

Executive Committee Members

President: Cynthia Mulholland (Maitland) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Vice President: Joyce Fisher (Maitland); Deborah Hammond (Inner City)
Secretary: Sharon Holstein (Blue Mountains)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Treasurer: Helen Horan (Blue Mountains)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Committee

Diane Schnebli (Blue Mountains)
Sally Webersink (Inner City)
Maureen North (Pittwater)
Kate Semler (West Ryde)

Sub Committees

Collection: Merrin Marks (Blacktown) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Information Management (Membership) - Acting:  Clare Hacker (Blue Mountains) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Magazine Editor: Anne Powell (Upper Mountains) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Education & Judging Convenor: Mary-Helen Ward (Inner City) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: Kate Semler (West Ryde) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Workshop Convenor: Diane Schnebli (Blue Mountains) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Publicity Officer: Anne Powell (Upper Mountains) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Exhibitions Convenor: Vacant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Camp Convenor: Sally Ogilvie (The Entrance) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Public Officer: Sandra West (Inner City)


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