November Celebration Specials

November Celebrations

NOVEMBER is a special month for Bilby Yarns……. !!

After a few decades of sewing, spinning, handweaving and woolcrafts in W.A & N.T,
“The Wool Lady”  [or as she posts on here the “old Ewe’]  – in 1989 accepted the responsibility of Yarn room convenor and Yarn Spinner editor at Drabble House for the Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild W.A.  Then a few years later passed the tasks to Lynda Chilvers;  but the country calls kept coming!   The ‘old Ewe’  decided to make her front room weaving studio available to the general public and in November 1993, acquired a patent for ‘Bilby’ relating to wool and tools, and also registered Bilby Yarns –  20 years ago! …. and is still a not-for-profit wool workshop.

The City Wool Depot for the Melanian Sheep Breeders Society of Aust came to Bilby in 1994 and the passion for wool quickly grew.  This led to the manufacture of Dreamee wool tops and the introduction of the ‘Western Dream’ a range of Western Australian naturally coloured wool yarns.
20 wonderful years of promoting WA wool, nearly 40 years of wool craft and to celebrate, we are having a special month this November with weekly mini workshops and bargains in store, ie magazines, white merino wool tops and 10% off all handspun/handknitted garments …and a few more daily ‘on-the-spot’ bargains !!!!

Register your interest quickly so you don’t miss out.
Call our showroom on 9331 8818 or send us an email at
A deposit will secure your place and we will need a contact phone number please.
Classes need a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 people, and with the exception of sock knitting and wet felt making, all workshops are $25 per person [8 people, $35 x 6 or $50 x 4 people]

Sat 9 November  11am to 1230  Hand/drop spindle spinning with David

Learn this ancient skill and enjoy making your own handspun yarn. Spindle spinning is so portable and takes up very little space. It is ideal  for spinning whilst travelling or just spin ‘on the move’ anywhere!     If you have a spindle please bring it. We have  beginner spindles available $15 and wool will be provided.

Thu 14th November    9.30am to 1130am   Begin knitting with Beverley

Simple knitting to get you started. Learn how to cast on and off, knit a square in stocking stitch with a cable centre. Question time at the end of session.  8 ply wool yarn provided. If you have 4mm needles please bring them, or purchase in store $5pr

Sat 16th November    1.30 – 3.30pm  Lets spin fleece softly with Julitha

To achieve ‘loft’ in your hand spun wool normally ‘woollen’ system is used requiring you to wash & card your wool into rolags or carded sliver. Here you will learn the art of ‘worsted style’ spinning fleece – but softly. Fleece is supplied but you will need to bring a wool comb, flicker,
an apron, your [preferably single drive] spinning wheel and 3 empty bobbins..

[All of these items are available for sale in store.].

Thu 21 November   1030 to noon   Crochet flowers & granny squares with Bev

Learn how to crochet florals. This workshop will help you crochet lovely circles and squares for your rug, bag,  jacket or any project where you need to use these techniques. Yarns will be provided. If you have a 3.5 or 4mm hook please bring it or buy in store.

Sat 23 November  11am to 12.30   How to start needle felting  with David

Learn to needle felt and the different ways you can apply these methods to your next project.
If you have a sponge, wool tops & felt needle, please bring them, otherwise these can be provided in a small kit for $12. [let us know if you need this kit when you register]

Fri 29 November  11am to 2.30pm    Simply socks with Carolin              $35pp

Learn the skills of heel turning and knitting socks. During this workshop you will make a bootee with yarn provided. If you have 2.5 or 2.75mm double point needles, please bring them, otherwise you can buy them in store [bamboo $11 or casein $7.50 set of 5] The skills you learn will enable you to knit any adult sock pattern.

Sat 30 November   11 to 1230     Learn how to start spinning

During this short session, you will learn about wool fleece and how to get started with your hand spinning.  Wool Fleece will be provided.  If you have a spinning wheel, please bring it otherwise you will need to purchase one from our store, prior to the workshop.  We have a range of spinning wheels [second hand] priced from $135  After the workshop, the Bilby Spinners will be in store  from 12.30pm until 3.30pm, and you are welcome to stay on and join in with them.

Sat 7 Dec proposed workshop to be confirmed still

Sat 14 Dec  2.30pm to 4.30pm…  proposed workshop  …. felt making (wet)

During this session, you will learn to make a needle case. The skills you learn can be applied to any felt project you wish to make in the future

More workshops to come in 2014

Knitting ……Learn to knit, follow patterns etc.

Socks….knitting socks from the toe upwards on circular needles

Knit to Fit …Learn how to knit a jumper to your own measurements

Wool and fibre knowledge

Beginner spinning

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