Sleeveless jacket

knitted sleeveless jacketThis 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.

 

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Show and tell

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.

Christies Beach January 14th

Wet felting tutorials

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.

Handpainting fibre

A lot of people like to hand paint dyes onto fibre because you can get some interesting effects. If you use darker colours, you get some really good colours , too. You need a good work space area and a place you can keep clean easily and then plenty of plastic and protective layers and rubber gloves. It doesn’t need to be messy but better to  be prudent prepare for that eventuality . In the end it is fun and creative. WoolWench provides  clear instructions.