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

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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.

Painting a wool batt

Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!

Make art yarn

There’s been considerable interest in the magical art yarn post we put up the other day. People are excited about colour and colour blending. Great way to start the year. We love making our own art yarn. We like sharing ideas about colourways and how to spin something which looks both original and attractive. Colour and texture are always important. Art yarns can use up your bits and pieces of dyed or leftover fibre. You just need the ideas. The UrbanGypZ video does just that for you. Shows you a way of getting an interesting yarn together.