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                                 Needlework Tool Collectors CONFERENCE

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Our 15th CONFERENCE will be in Sydney, Australia
27-28 October 2018
at The Harbourview Hotel in North Sydney
 
Download the Conference Information Form here and the Conference Booking Form here
 
 That's Springtime in Australia, so we'll have a theme to suit the Season, calling it  'Spring into Needlework Tools'  
Think about Spring flowers on Needlework Tools, and Spring colours in Needlework tools,
and even Needlework tools with Springs
in them! (for example, the sewing birds below have springs)

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THE PROGRAMME

 
Speakers
Lee Bateman - A Spring Flower Collection
Marlene Arditto - Knotting and Tatting Tools
Maria Richards - American Feedsack Artistry
Anne Harbers - Silver in Motion: Amazing Automatons
The Cavalcade of History and Fashion - Bustle to Bias Brides: 1880-1940
Alan Landis - [Title TBA]
Lynda Wake - Boudoir Dolls
Kerry Easton - Court Intrigues, Scandals and Needlework Tools
Paul Brunton AM - After Dinner Speaker. Paul is Emeritus Curator at the State Library of NSW


Plus the Conference Dinner, the souvenir Goodies bags, the Commemorative item, and the very popular SALES MALL on the Sunday.

There will also be book signings by our own talented members Susan Webster and Nicola Kissane, both producing new books in 2017. 

 

Don’t forget about the competition for a handcrafted Spring Hat Sewing Accessory, a chance to make your fellow members wonder
“Why didn’t I
think of that?”, and the Early Bird bookings now close on 15th July.

  
Entry to the Conference and Sales Mall is by PRE-PAID TICKET
available to Members and Non Members (surcharge for non members applies)
 
 If you'd like to know more about previous Conferences see our HISTORY page.
 
 ....then there are the wonderful prizes to be won at Conference. Here's a preview of the major prize,
a lovely English Lady’s Companion in red leather with gilt decoration c1850. This beautiful mid-19th century piece has silver tools inside – scissors, a delicate penknife, winding pencil, stiletto, tape measure with silk tape, silver thimble, plus a leather needlecase with tabs to hold two tools, and a noteboard. The thimble support post lifts out to reveal space for pins or a thread reel.
 

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The mother-of-pearl Tulip Threadkeep by Kelmscott Designs is the flower-shaped Commemorative item for the Conference. Image courtesy www.kelmscottdesigns.com/thread-keeps.htm