Tasmanian Craft Fair 2016

Posted by VP for AS on 7 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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The Guild had a strong presence at the 2016 Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine. Organised by the Deloraine Group, with a willing and able posse of Guild members from around the state volunteering their time, a great weekend was had.

The venue - St Marks Church Hall -  was filled with beautifully crafted goods from more than 40 Guild members, and volunteer members were busy spinning and weaving to create a happy and welcoming atmosphere. Visitors were very complimentary and steady sales ensued. 7 people were interested enough to join the Guild, and one even travelled down to Hobart to purchase a wheel and learn how to use it.

There was a lot of interest in the spinning, weaving and carding demonstrations with many enquiries about groups, and where they met around the state. Lots of cakes, slices, biscuits and sandwiches were consumed!

Thanks are due to everyone who gave up their time to join us, and to everyone who contributed goods to the colourful array. Their volunteered time, talent and goodwill combined to allow our members to successfully sell their hand-crafted goods.

The Guild was well represented to the Deloraine Craft Fair crowds. 

Returned goods; South and Launceston will be available at Launceston Open Day, Devonport, Northen and Western will be sent to Devonport soon.

Text and photos contributed by Allison Smith and Robin Cox
A note from Guild President, Eva
First off, a thank you to Allison Smith and the team from the Deloraine Group for their splendid showing at the 2016 Tasmanian Craft Fair.  People who attended St Mark’s Church Hall were greeted by the volunteers in a happy and welcoming atmosphere.  Lots of conversations were had with prospective customers as volunteers sat spinning and weaving, even attracting seven new members!  So attentive were the volunteers to the magnificent display of goods on offer, when spaces were opened from sales we heard they were not left empty for even a minute.  To quote a member who came from the South and was billeted out, “we were treated like royalty.  The Deloraine people cannot be praised enough for being on the ball with customer service”.  A thank you also to the more than 40 Guild members who contributed goods for sale, and to Viv and Glenys for their on-site Yarn Store – popular even to crafts outside our skill range. Now, members, the Hall is booked for next year.  The challenge is on for all of us to fill it to bursting next time!