This Scarf Exchange has been happening since 1996, and each year it is hosted by a different spinning group in Australia. In 2007 the Scarf Exchange was hosted by the Gumeracha Handspinners and Weavers, from Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills, with the theme of The Four Seasons.

Participants each sent in 150 grams of ready-to-spin fibre in May 2007. In June they received back a package provided by someone else, and they then had three months to make a clothing accessory, such as a scarf, gloves, beanie, bag, mittens, socks, hat or beret, (or more than one), crafted with a particular season in mind. All the articles were returned by November, when an exhibition was held to showcase the imagination and good craftsmanship of the participants. After the exhibition, the articles were sent back to the person who originally provided the fibre package.

The high points of being a participant are:

In 2007 the exhibition was held over three days in early November in the Gallery at the Heart of the Hills Market, Lobethal, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. The area was divided into four rooms, one for each season. These pictures are from the exhibition and showcase the 242 entries. (See if you can find yours!) Participants entered from all over Australia, with a few entries from New Zealand and the USA.


In 2008 the Scarf Exchange will be hosted by The Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Western Australia with a theme “The Outback”. If you are interested in participating, contact Jean Leary at learyj@bigpond.net.au or on (08) 9386 5632 for an entry form.


Photos

Click on any of the four seasons below to see more photos from that room.

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Autumn

Autumn

Winter

Winter

Peoples Choice Award Winners

During the Exhibition, the visitors were encouraged to vote for the accessory they would most like to take home. Interestingly, over half the exhibits received at least one vote, (and not from their crafters!). However, two items received over four times the amount of votes of the next nearest one, being far and away the most popular in the exhibition. Of those two, the wedding ring scarf crafted by Smila Smithers of NSW had just a few more votes, so was awarded First Place. The felted and woven scarf and bag crafted by Dina Van Der Gaag of SA, was awarded Second Place. Congratulations to them both. 

Click on the photos to see them in more detail.

First Place First place - detail Second Place


General Exhibition Photos

Click here to see wide views of the exhibition space

Fibre Assignments

Click here to see a list of the articles displayed in each room, who provided the fibre, and who crafted the article.

Scarf Exchange History

Click here to find out who hosted the previous Scarf Exchanges.

Colonial Lake Books , a retailer of fibrecraft books, is happy to host this website,
having immensely enjoyed helping organize the 2007 Scarf Exchange.
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