THERE'S more to the Hervey Bay Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Group than their name would suggest.

As well as the crafts listed in their group name, the dedicated artists love to explore any type of fibre art from dyeing and felting to knitting and more, using a wide range of fibres and creative techniques.

Secretary Karen Shaw said the value of meeting as a group was that the members learn and gain inspiration from each other.

"We conduct workshops using skills not only from within the group, but also external tutors, both local and as far away as New Zealand.

"A fine spinning alpaca workshop in 2013 taught us some valuable skills and was enjoyed by all.

"Dyeing is another area where we have recently held workshops using both commercial and natural dyes," Karen said.

"A highlight of our year is our annual camp at Campialba, when members of other groups from around the state and northern NSW gather during the first weekend in May to share new skills and knowledge.

"Also, this year, in June-July we will be holding an exhibition entitled Marine Reflections at the new gallery in Hervey Bay. Members are busily working towards this display of our work."

Karen has been part of the group since 2006 when she moved to Hervey Bay and says she enjoys the relaxation that comes with spinning and weaving.

"In the far north of Scotland women would sit outside their doors to spin and weave and I was fascinated, and when I went to New Zealand I found someone to teach me."

Karen has knitted jumpers, woven scarves and spun silk and Alpaca and she finds the group stimulating, and member's diverse skills, motivating.

Meetings will be held the first and third Saturdays and the second and fourth Fridays of each month between 9am and 3pm.

The first meeting for the year is on Friday, February 14, in the CWA Hall in Bideford St while continuing the search for a new home.

Anyone interested in learning to spin or weave or any other fibre craft is welcome to visit or join the very busy and supportive group.