Call for Entries – Bothwell SpinIN



Feeling up to a bit of a challenge and some fun at the same time?


Bothwell International Highland SpinIN and Fibre Festival 2019 is looking for you to join in!


The SpinIN is run every second year, and this year is celebrating its 40th birthday. It is a celebration of friendship and creativity in a historic town situated in the Southern Highlands of Tasmania.


There are a few different competitions for you to consider entering:


Fashion Design Competition:

Five sections are on offer – 

  1. “Tartan it Up” – $200 prize – celebrates the unique Tasmanian Tartan.
  2. “Fruit of the Earth” – $200 prize – retail clothing design celebrating natural fibres and eco-dyeing/printing.
  3. “Re-made in Style” – $200 prize – repurposed vintage garments and accessories.
  4. “Look-the-loop” – $200 prize – non-woven garments and accessories.
  5. “The Home-sewing Whizz” – $200 prize – open section.


Entries close Friday 8th February. For terms and conditions, and entry form, click HERE.


Students at TasTAFE are getting in the swing of the Fashion Design Competition, and creating their entries as part of their course. Three of the students are shown here along with their partially-completed garments. Each is entering the “Tartan it Up” section.

Sean Dooley is using specific tartan he imported from Scotland and has been carefully arranging the plaids within his garment.













Rachel Loft is using the Tasmanian Tartan to create her garment – she had only just received the tartan when we met her, and was busy cutting her pieces out for assembly.














Ness Cragg is also using the Tasmanian Tartan, and her garment is Vintage-inspired.



We are looking forward to seeing the finished garments from these three talented students.


Hand Craft Competitions:

These are favourites of the SpinIN, are free to enter, and are open to anyone who wants to join in.

Entries close Friday 22nd February. For terms and conditions, and entry form, click HERE.


The following have prizes of $50-

Class One: Lace Weight knitting hand spun: Article of your choice

Class Two: Lace Weight Knitting Mill Spun: Article of your choice

Class Three: Hand Spun Skein Art Yarn (minimum length: 5m)

Class Four: Hand Spun Lace Weight from Fleece 18wpi or more (approximate weight: 50g)

Class Five: Hand Spun Skein Medium Weight from fleece 11-17dpi, 8ply/DK (approximate weight:50g)

Class Six: Hand Spun Skein from Hand Dyed commercial top (approximate weight: 50g)

Class Seven: Hand Spun Skein from natural dye or dyes-please state dye(s) (approximate weight: 50g)

Class Ten: Felted 40th Birthday Hat-Adult Entry

Class Eleven: Felted Birthday theme badge or decoration-Child Entry


The following have prizes of $75-

Class Eight: Weaving Rigid Heddle/Knitters’ Loom: Woven article of your choice

Class Nine Weaving on a Shaft Loom: Woven article of your choice


And there are some special competitions / challenges:


The Mary Simons Competition -“A handcrafted Colourful Vest”

Prize: Mary Simons Perpetual Trophy


The SpinIN Novelty Competition – “A knitted “Bothwell Themed Tea Cosy”

Prize; Goods to the value of $30.00


Guess the Stitches Competition – a competition to challenge your knowledge of stitch craft. S

Prize: A beautiful hand knitted throw rug incorporating the competition stitches.


…this one will be very special, both to participate in and to watch!:

The Highland Challenge – teams of four will comb and spin fleece into yarn, then knit it to a set pattern that they’ve not seen before in a race of speed and skill against time to finish! Penalties will be incurred for lack of quality or faulty stitching…

Prize HWSD Guild Trophy and Board and individual engraved plaques.











There’s sure to be something there for you to join in!


Of course, everyone is welcome to come along to the SpinIN in Bothwell – lots to see and do! 

Date & Time: 01 & 02 March 2019 10am-4pm

Venue: Market Place, Bothwell, Tasmania

Theme: “Life begins at 40”


For more information click HERE.




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