The Spindle Tree

The Spindle Tree has been making and promoting a huge range of natural fibres and designer garments for over 22 years.

The Spindle Tree

The Spindle Tree has woven itself into Hobart’s historic Salamanca Place since opening in 1989, and from then has been producing high quality, original, unique works of fashion clothing and accessories from natural fibres
– with a distinct Tasmanian feel.


All items at The Spindle Tree are made in Tasmania by local artisans and are unique and hand crafted, ranging from small knitted baby needs to major knitwear, woven wraps, and a wide selection of accessories including hats, scarves and socks, embroidered baby blankets, glasses cases and pin cushions. Children are well catered for with a variety of garments and felt toys. Yarns of different types include hand dyed mohair, silk and wool.

The Spindle Tree also take orders for knitwear, dyed yarns or speciality products. Knitting, crochet embroidery, felt-making and yarn advice is free.

Please enquire about The Spindle Tree‘s workshops and exhibitions program.

Artists include:

Sue Allford : Embroidered Tasmanian woollen blankets and cupcakes
Kerry Black : Sninner of art and speciality yarns
Christine Bunge : Spinning, crocheting, knitting
Heather Karpiniec : Felted tea cosies, baby items and acessories
Sylvi Olsen : Knitted items with Scandinavian influence and Fairisle designs
Dolores O’Neil : Knitted fine lace
Ailsa Richard : Knitting, dyeing and felting
Raie Semmens : Knitting, Tasmanian woollen items and cards
Vicki Taiwo : Hand woven jackets and wraps, and Cygnet Tartan
Marie Ward : Knitting, dyeing, spinning

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Events, Workshops and Exhibitions by The Spindle Tree at Salamanca Arts Centre include:
The Twelve Days of Christmas (2016)
What is an Aussie Christmas? (2015)
Australian Native Beasts and Birds: Firbe Art Competition (2014)
Australian Native Beasts and Birds: Firbe Art Competition (2012)
Seasonal Fenestria (2010)
Co-Operative Fibers : 20th Anniversary Exhibition of The Spindle Tree Designer Craft Co-Operative (2009)

Image Credit: Key Image: Cygnet Tartan by Vicki Taiwo.

Image Credits for Slider: Jenny Allford | Sue Allford | Kerry Black | Jennifer Bridges | Christine Bunge | Polly Firth | Heather | Karpiniec | Frances McIntyre | Sylvi Olsen | Dolores O’Neill | Vivienne O’Neill | Ailsa Richard | Raie Semmens | Sue Sherburd | Swen Smit | Vicki Taiwo | Marie Ward.