Presidents Report 2019


We’ve had another stimulating and interesting year at OFG, with 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning meetings at Johnsonville Community Centre in the Trust room, and Thursday nights on the weeks in between at my home.

We have strong membership and are financially in good shape going forward.

Our Committee

Elizabeth has done a sterling job in her first year as secretary. Fiona has been vice president and managed the blog. Florence has been a great support as treasurer for several years, and Sandra has been helping us organise education for our group. It has been my first year as president and I have enjoyed it immensely.

Gallery visits

We started the year with an outing to Dowse to see weaving by Anne McKenzie and onto Expressions where we took in the quilting display and Mt Felix tapestry. Other visits included another trip to Dowse in September to see work by Lakiloko Keakea.

Suffrage in Stitches was on in September at Wellington Museum and we were represented by works from Caroline and Winifred. We visited Pataka in October to see work by Val Griffith-Jones, and most recently a group of us visited the Massey University Exposure exhibition in November. These visits are always fun and sociable and we always manage to visit a cafe for some good coffee and refreshments, either before, after or both!

Creative Fibre Gold challenge

In April we were represented by our team “Oh for Gold” in the runway challenge at the Creative Fibre National Festival held in Palmerston North. Tomoko modeled a maroon and gold daywear ensemble. Our team included Nan, Tomoko, Sandra, Esther, Rachel, Marilyn, Maureen, Fiona, Flo, Glenis, Heather, Caroline and Romain. Included in the ensemble was a hand woven embellished skirt, hand felted and embellished jacket and handspun handknitted top in gold. The process of design to completion was journaled by Fiona. Our team did us proud with their wonderful work.

Anniversary Lunch

In July we celebrated our 25th Anniversary in style with a lunch at the Khandallah Trading Co. We had our own area and speeches from life members Audrey Sangster and Mary Knox were a highlight for me. Esther made the celebration cake, Caroline and Elizabeth researched and made a memory board display. I brought along the mic and amp from our band for the speeches and sang a silly song about knitting.

Flo and I presented Life membership to Nan MacDougall, who has been a long standing member, past president, wonderful weaver and great support and mentor for many years.


Fiona showed us how to needle felt little dogs.

We had an introduction to tapestry weaving led by Esther and Fiona.

Mary Knox came over from the Wairarapa and taught us all about the different parts of the spinning wheel, a bit about the history, and how to maintain it. We brought wheels for this.

We worked on a wet felted cowl with instruction from Flo.

Anne and Sandra ran an introduction to Kumihimo, where we learned how to braid.

Jo Reeve from Tawa Group visited and taught us how to do drop spindling.

Hat Challenge

We had an in-house challenge to make a hat any way we like for the October meeting. There were 23 entries. Some were hand spun and knitted crochet, some felted and some a combination of different methods. It was interesting to see what people came up with. Romain’s felted pill-box hat won the main prize.

Operation Brighten

Early this year we participated in the Creative Fibre Wellington challenge to make items for the women at the Women’s refuge. The items were to be either for the women to wear or decorative items to cheer up the bedrooms at the refuge. There was a formal handover at Pataka where the items were very well received. At the area meeting yesterday we decided this would continue and there would be a delivery every six months to the refuge of items any members would like to make to brighten up the lives of the women at the refuge. The next collection time will be July 2020.

Evening Group.

I have continued to host an evening group twice a month on Thursday nights (3 years now) so we can include people who are unable to attend in the day-time and also for some of us who like get together and craft more often than twice a month. There are normally from 3 to 9 people attending. It is a social time with supper and a casual atmosphere, people show their work get advice and help one to one. It’s also good setting to introduce friends to the group.

We end the year with the AGM and Christmas destash, and a Christmas party at my home in December.

We look forward to a Creative Fibre Bi-annual Exhibition entitled Four Seasons at Pataka in January. Some of us are working on pieces for it and I am really looking forward to seeing what people make.

I’d like to thank everyone in group for their contributions and support this year.

Frances Prowse

About Onslow Fibrecrafts Guild

We love Knitting, felting, spinning, weaving and other fibre crafts. We meet twice a month to share skills and learn new ones. Our usual meeting place is Johnsonville Community Centre Trust Room on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 9.30am to 11.30am The Guild is affiliated to New Zealand Creative Fibre which helps us to:  Invite tutors to expand our own skills,  Enjoy Creative Fibre workshops and festivals  Enter our work in Creative Fibre exhibitions  Contact with fibrecrafters all around the world  Organise events with other area guilds
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