The Co-operative when deciding on activities to undertake and items to accept is guided by the following objectives and principles.
- To foster and promote creativity and excellence in design of fibre, arts and crafts and skills inTasmania. To provide facilities and assistance to those engaged in these fields.
- To provide premises for use by members as a fibre arts shop.
- To provide studio spaces, as when available, to members who apply for such spaces, at as low a rental as can be arranged by the Directors, dependent upon the costs involved.
- To organize design seminars, forums and critiques.
- To provide a sales organisation for members products, including a gallery, wholesale outlet, retail outlet, arranging exhibitions and any other form of selling and advertising as seen appropriate by the Directors whether by consignment or otherwise.
- To provide production work for members if required and when possible. To remunerate the designer and the producer in relation to produce sold.
- Items must be made in Tasmania and be constructed of at least 90% natural fibres.
- Acrylic, nylon,metallic threads etc may be used to trim an item and must be no more than 10% of the garment
- Baby nylon or baby specialty yarns may be used for babies under 6 months
- Sock Wool – if used for socks can have up to 25% man made fibre. If used for other garments then needs to meet the 10% rule.
- All clothing garments must have a care label attached to the left hand seam. This is a legal requirement.
- Yarn to be joined at edges of work, not in middle of rows. When the item is seamless the yarn should be spliced very neatly at an inconspicuous place.
- Patterns and stripes should match at seams.
- Join seams using yarn in which the garment/article was knitted, unless this is chunky, highly textured, or rather weak, in which case use a smooth light to medium-weight yarn in a matching colour.
- Seams should be as inconspicuous as possible and very neat on outside and inside.
- Shaping should be evenly placed and spaced, allowing for the special design.
- Button holes and buttons should be evenly spaced and when fastened the buttons should be in the middle of the band.
- Garments should be pressed, especially the seams. This does not apply to mohair items as ironing can flatten the fluffy effect of the garment, but this is your own choice.