Wool, Wine & Workshops

Sit & Knit

2018 programme will be released early in 2018

Wool, Wine & Workshop sit & knit events are a relaxing 3 hours (3pm – 6pm) on a Saturday afternoon where we’ll get together to enjoy some woolly fun.  Do you knit, crochet, spin? Love another craft? Come along, bring your tools of the trade, and chat and relax with fellow enthusiasts. Cost for each individual Sit & Knit Saturday is $45 (pre-booked) or $50 sold at the door on the day.

During our 3 hours together you’ll have lots of relaxing time to work on your own project, you’ll listen to our guest speaker chat for an informative 1/2 hour and we’ll provide you with a delicious afternoon tea and a glass of lovely local wine (or a drink of your choice from the Tarndie Cafe/Bar). We’ll chat a little about wines and give you an understanding of the ‘sniff and taste’ process!

We want you to love and know our wool and craft industry as we do so we have lined up some wonderfully knowledgable guests to come and chat to you for 1/2 hour. They will share their passion for what they do, show you samples and generally entertain you with a fabulous presentation. And question & answer time is definitely encouraged!

Book Ticket

To book your date of choice go to our ticket sales and choose from the drop down menu. For multiple Sit & Knit Saturdays add separate purchases to your shopping cart.

The Schedule

3.00 – 6.00pm

  • Saturday 17th June 2017              Guest Speaker:  Isabel Renters – Spinning Processes (The Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill)
  • Saturday 29th July 2017               Guest Speaker:  Georgie Nicolson – The WARM Project (Tikki Knits)
  • Saturday 12th August 2017          Guest Speaker:  Scott Dennis – The Business of Wool Growing
  • Saturday 30th September 2017    Guest Speaker:  Briony Mannering – Yarn Dyeing & Running a Small Business (Gradient)

Our Guest Speakers

Isabel Renters

Isabel Renters

Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill

Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill – an introduction. The beauty of mini-mills: small batches, individual fleeces, creative yarns. The resurgence of Australian fibre, spinning and the role we play in that (education, awareness, breaking the traditional mould of large scale spinning). Australian fibre, alpaca, merino, Polwarth, the best in the world. The process, including visual, hands on samples of the fibre at the various stages. Conclude with video of the production of a yarn through the machines and a look at some of the products that can be created at the Mill. Find Isabel at The Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill.

Georgie Nicolson

Georgie Nicolson

Tikki Knits

WARM was a large-scale collaborative community knitting project that ran in 2016. It sought to address issues of climate change and encouraged crafters to consider what role wool can play in helping to create a sustainable and safe climate future. Over 250 knitters contributed more than 1000 knitted pieces, including gum leaves, wildflowers, wind turbines and small accessories,  which were assembled at the Art Gallery of Ballarat over three days to create a giant knitted landscape. Georgie Nicolson was the designer behind the knitted pieces, and in this talk she discusses how she came to be involved in the project and the challenges inherent in such a design brief. Find Georgie at Tikkiknits.

Scott Dennis

Scott Dennis

Bleak House

What does a commercial scale wool growing farm look like in Western Victoria? Scott will talk about his Merino flock as a part of a mixed farming system, following the fibre from growth, through to market using data gathering technology that improves traceability for customer and producer to get better results. Find Scott on twitter.

Briony Mannering

Briony Mannering


Want to stamp your mark on the world through colour? Fancy opening a small yarn dyeing business? Take a seat and hear Briony talk about her successes (and failures!) as she navigates running a popular yarn business in an ever evolving industry. Briony will reveal the secrets to her success, and discuss ways to help you begin your own adventure.  Yes, it is possible and do-able to have your own yarn business whilst managing a busy family! Find Briony at Gradient.

Wool, Wine & Workshops Deposit and Cancellation Policy

We are taking no deposits for any Wool, Wine & Workshops activities - all Sit & Knit, Workshops and Accommodation costs are payable in full at the time of booking.

Once your ticket has been purchased there are no refunds for change of mind or change of circumstances. However, tickets are transferable to another person up to 5 days before each Sit & Knit Saturday date, each Workshop Sunday date and each Accommodation reservation. We must be notified by email of all changes. You are unable to transfer your ticket to another workshop within the Wool, Wine & Workshop programme of events if you cannot attend the Workshop for which you have purchased a ticket. If you cancel your ticket and have not notified us of a transfer to another person 5 days prior to the Sit & Knit or Workshop or Accommodation event date, your booking is voided and your ticket cancelled. If Wool Gathering and Tarndie cancel your Workshop due to lack of minimum student numbers (minimum of 3 students for a workshop to be run) you will be issued a full refund of your Workshop Ticket cost. Alternatively, subject to workshop availability, if a workshop is cancelled by Wool Gathering and Tarndie you can transfer into another workshop within the Wool, Wine & Workshop 2017 workshop programme.

Additionally, accommodation bookings are transferable to another date within the Wool, Wine & Workshop programme of dates (Saturday 17th June - Sunday 1st October 2017) subject to room availability compatible with your room type/style booking.

In the case of acts of God, war, disaster or unforeseen circumstances, Wool Gathering and Tarndie reserve the right to reschedule the event. If Wool Gathering and Tarndie cancel any event due to unforeseen circumstances you will be issued a refund of your booking fees.