The Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania aims to bring together everyone who practises textile and fibre crafts for their mutual benefit, for the advancement of their crafts and discussions, demonstrations and exhibition. It has been running since 1971 and continues to provide community, companionship and resources to practitioners of the fibre arts and crafts.

Guild Headquarters, St George's Church, Battery Point, Hobart

We are open most Thursday mornings and 2nd Saturdays between 10am and 1pm except over Christmas School holidays. You will find us in the rooms behind St George's Church at 30 Cromwell St, Battery Point.

Committee reports

2017 AGM President's Peport 2016-2017
  June President's Precis June 2017
  July President's Precis July 2017
  Nov President's Precis Nov 2017
  Dec President's Precis Dec 2017

Guild History

During October 1970 ten ladies met in a private home to encourage one another in their infant spinning and weaving efforts. News spread, numbers increased and in August 1971 Fran Attrill was elected first president of the Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania. A Yarn store was established by Robyn Matheson and still provides cost effective and quality materials to the membership. An Equipment store was established and has a good range of spinning and weaving items for loan. A Library, started by Claire Bamford, is now the most comprehensive Fibre Library in the state.

A full history can be read in our 2nd published book, Textile Journeys, available for purchase from the Yarn Store, or by emailing the Secretary, or by using this order form.

Presidents

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Life Members

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Committee

1971 - 1973 Fran Attrill *   1979 Fran Attrill *   President ~ Eva Ruzicka
1937 - 1975 Janet Blundell *   1979 Erna Foot *   Vice President ~ Don Waller
1975 - 1976 Audrey Beswick   1979 Irene Isles *   Secretary ~ Margot Wilson
1976 - 1978 Nicole Johnson   1981 Eileen Eyre *   Treasurer ~ Ken Wagstaff
1978 - 1980 Ruth Johnson   1981 Janet Blundell *   Asst Treasurer ~ Joy Rees 
1980 - 1982 Jan Levis   1981 Claire Bamford   Librarian ~ Anne Frost 
1982 - 1984 Margaret Allan   1983 Mary Williams   Projects Officer ~ Jillian Brammer 
1984 - 1985 Peg Hall   1985 Lorraine Gregson *   Exhibition Officer ~ Waiting to be filled, is it you?
1985 - 1987 Sheila Beattie   1985 Janice Snare *   Equipment Officer ~ Di McPherson
1987 - 1989 Mary Williams   1986 Jope Vanderberg *   Yarn Store Manager ~ Viv Crawford 
1989 - 1991 Robyn Eyre   1987 Mary McDonald *   Membership Officer ~ Lorraine Wagstaff
1991 - 1993 Margaret Hortle   1988 Austral Carey *   Newsletter Editor ~ Tara Ulbrich 
1993 - 1995 Nell Gill   1989 Barbara Fowler   Public Officer ~ Ken Wagstaff
1995 - 1997 Doris Banks   1993 Janet Ward *   Committee Member ~ Doris Banks 
1997 - 1999 Maureen Hudson   1995 Peg Hall   Committee Member ~ Maree Cowan
1999 - 2001 Cynthia Tennant   1995 Margaret Hortle *    
2001 - 2003 Alan Shaw   1997 Yoka Douglas   Northern Branch Coordinator Kathy Littlejohn
2003 - 2005 Beverley Watson   1999 Margaret Allan *   Northern Branch  Sec. ~ Michelle Fitzallen
2005 - 2007 Joy Rees   2000 Clara Gregory *   Northern Branch Treas. ~ Cheryl Hogarth 
2007 - 2009 Jan (Levis) Rolfe   2000 Ruth Johnson   Northern Branch Lib. ~ Blanch Bejah / Joyce Ellett
2009 - 2011 Maureen Hudson   2001 Joyce Clark   Northern Branch Equip. ~ Joyce Ellett / Blanch Bejah
2001 - 2013 Diana Kearney   2001 Doris Banks   Northern Branch Yarn Store ~ Pam Statton / Di Kearney 
2013 - 2014 Di McPherson   2003 Sylvia Parr   Northern Branch Newsletter ~ Sara Nye 
2014 - 2016 Alan Shaw   2003 Diana Kearney    
2016 -  Eva Ruzicka    2005 Maureen Hudson    
      2006 Pam Statton    
      2007 Dot Wedd *    
      2009 Joy Rees    
      2010 Dot Barker *    
      2011 Maureen Moore    
      2012 Anne Gunton (Burnie)    
      2012 Shirley Dunn (Burnie)    
      2012 Gwen Diprose (Burnie) *    
      2012 Audrey Bradley (Burnie)    
      2012 Beverley Paton (Burnie) *    
      2012 Ken Wagstaff    
      2015 Veronica Brunton    
      2015 Kimbra Shadbolt     
      2015  Shirley Tongs    
  * = Deceased