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

2018 AGM President's Report 2017-2018   2017 AGM President's Peport 2016-2017
  April  President's Precis      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 ~ Margaret Miller
1937 - 1975 Janet Blundell *   1979 Erna Foot *   Vice President ~ Doris Banks
1975 - 1976 Audrey Beswick   1979 Irene Isles *   Secretary ~ Don Waller
1976 - 1978 Nicole Johnson   1981 Eileen Eyre *   Treasurer ~ Ken Wagstaff
1978 - 1980 Ruth Johnson   1981 Janet Blundell *   Asst Treasurer ~ vacant
1980 - 1982 Jan Levis   1981 Claire Bamford   Librarian ~ Anne Frost 
1982 - 1984 Margaret Allan   1983 Mary Williams   Projects Officer ~ Sue Hastie
1984 - 1985 Peg Hall   1985 Lorraine Gregson *   Exhibition Officer ~ Margot Wilson
1985 - 1987 Sheila Beattie   1985 Janice Snare *   Equipment Officer ~ Jutta Roper
1987 - 1989 Mary Williams   1986 Jope Vanderberg *   Yarn Store Officer ~ 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 ~ Don Waller
1995 - 1997 Doris Banks   1993 Janet Ward *   Committee Member ~ Maree Cowan 
1997 - 1999 Maureen Hudson   1995 Peg Hall   Committee Member ~ Di McPherson
1999 - 2001 Cynthia Tennant   1995 Margaret Hortle *   Committee Member ~ Jai Patterson
2001 - 2003 Alan Shaw   1997 Yoka Douglas   Immediate Past President ~ Eva Ruzicka
2003 - 2005 Beverley Watson   1999 Margaret Allan *    
2005 - 2007 Joy Rees   2000 Clara Gregory *    
2007 - 2009 Jan (Levis) Rolfe   2000 Ruth Johnson   Northern Branch Coordinator Kaye Dimmack
2009 - 2011 Maureen Hudson   2001 Joyce Clark   Northern Branch  Sec. ~ Michelle Fitzallen
2001 - 2013 Diana Kearney   2001 Doris Banks   Northern Branch Treas. ~ Cheryl Hogarth  
2013 - 2014 Di McPherson   2003 Sylvia Parr   Northern Branch Lib. ~ Blanch Bejah / Joyce Ellett
2014 - 2016 Alan Shaw   2003 Diana Kearney   Northern Branch Equip. ~ Joyce Ellett / Blanch Bejah 
2016 - 2018 Eva Ruzicka    2005 Maureen Hudson   Northern Branch Yarn Store ~ Pam Statton / Di Kearney 
2018 -   Margaret Miller    2006 Pam Statton   Northern Branch Newsletter ~ Sara Nye  
      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