September 2014 – Rudolf Steiner Spring Fair

The Guild will again return in September this year to the Rudolf Steiner Spring Fair. Over the last few years the members of the Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and Textile Arts Guild have displayed their crafts, entertained and educated visitors to the fete with their creations, skills and knowledge. Look out here for further details regarding the venue, the date in September and Guild plans.

Mangrove Mountain Country Fair

The Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and Textile Arts Guild were proud to demonstrate their skills at the 50th Mangrove Mountain Country Fair (19th of October 2013). “The Fair” as its known to locals is one of the longest continually running events in NSW operated by a rural community, for the benefit of the local community in.


Guild members Bev Smith, her daughter Naomi and Naomi’s family kept their wheels and carders at full pace all day as visitors stopped by to learn about the Guild’s crafts and watch wool and alpaca fleece be turned into beautiful yarn.


The younger visitors to the fair were particularly interested – perhaps some of them think yarns are something Grandpa tells and clothes come just from the shops. Guild members have again been asked to set up and weave their magic at the 2014 Country Fair, and we hope to see you there!

Don’t call me “Wooly”


Meet Al Packer – a friendly fellow from Bumble Hill Alpaca Stud who carefully watched over the proceedings when Guild members participated in the Fiftieth Anniversary Mangrove Mountain and Districts Country Fair. Alpaca’s don’t have wool, they have fleece – and the resulting fibre is highly prized by both spinners and clothing makers. Alpaca fleece comes across a wide, natural colour spectrum ranging from white, through many shades of brown to black. The fibre also readily accepts dyeing.

Clothing made from alpaca fleece is known to be warm, durable, light weight, and not scratchy to the skin.