Christine brought along her inkle loom and her miniature heddle loom and showed us how the same weaving pattern could look different on both of them. She tended to prefer the pattern on her inkle loom but we all liked both of them. They are both good patterns for different reasons. Setting up a big loom can be daunting but is worth the effort of learning. Christine is showing us you can have small looms and turn out lovely weaving which can be used for all sorts of things. The table top heddle loom gives you more options but the inkle loom is totally transportable.
There are some good free patterns and plenty of weaving information on interweave.
This sleeveless jacket is knitted in one piece on round needles. Marjorie has dyed all the wool for it and spun it and now she has nearly finished her jacket. We can’t wait to see it when it is finished. It is a beautiful colour. It is thick and warm and will provide some good protection against the cold . it’s colour will be cheerful in winter. She is thinking of maybe putting some pearl buttons on the lapels.
There are some one piece knitting patterns on In the Loop if you want to try something like that.
We got the new year off to a good start despite the heat in Adelaide. We’d had a good break and were full of ideas and information.
Janette: Crocheted blanket for granddaughter’s birthday in her own spun wool with fawns and rainbow colours. Cake of spun camel’s hair and silk plied with llama fleece in fawns and browns.
Hilary: Adelaide Hills Newsletter and Murray Bridge Newsletter, red plastic storage containers to give away.
Cathy: Cake of spun cotton plied with spun acrylic fibre in red white and blue, cake of spun camel hair and silk in a latte colour, Fair Isle beanie with fleece dyed with onion skins and then merino tops and pink mohair.
Christine: Woven band from her miniature heddle loom and flyers for fibre festival and new yarn store in Pt Adelaide. She also brought along craft things to share and sell.
Margaret: miniature crocheted sheep, crochet medallion in green and red with sparkle wool, two beanies in handspun wool one in black and one in midnight blue, purple crochet slippers, lace neck scarf in maroon and inky colours.
Karin: Cake of spun wool in lovely vibrant turquoises reds and greens .
It was good to be back spinning by the sea.
Marie Spaulding takes you very carefully through the felting process she uses so that you can see and understand completely. Jan sent these links to us because she knows we like to learn new things or improve our skills. These videos and the LivingFelt channel provide very comprehensive help with regard to felting.
The bamboo,wooden mats can be a bit hard to come by these days. In our area there is a shop called Ishka which sells them. The plastic, non slip matting can be found in the cheap shops and you can buy it by the roll and cut it to size. One of the Instagram felters uses plastic with a wider mesh so the gaps are about 1cm. She too, makes little felted bowls and pots.
Part 1 of the video is at the top and part 2 is at the bottom of the post.
You can also find some written instructions for resist wet felting on FiberArtsy.