Visual effects with fibre

How you use colour and yarn will make a difference. Yarns look different when you utilise different techniques to create a project. A colourway will look quite different if it is felted or woven from how it will look if it is knitted or crocheted. It pays to build your skills. It increases your choices in how you can manipulate visual effects as you are working. Marina’s husband, Peter, had carded her some wool batts which she spun. He wove a scarf with pockets for her and she knitted a beanie with the very same wool. It looks quite different  visually in its impact . The two  techniques have favoured different emphasis on colour. Pays to experiment!


Waste not, want not

We like our leftovers and oddments. We enjoy finding ways to use them and combine them. Our “bits” often provide us with a creative challenge and they always involve us with colour. Alexis was using up all the merino tops bits she had left over from spinning and dyeing. She had carded them into richly coloured , interesting wool batts. The phone image doesn’t do the colours justice. The next part of the creative adventure is spinning the colours and then seeing how different it all looks. The finished wool will then look different again depending upon what other colours you combine it with and whether you crochet, knit, felt or weave it. The oddments always provide a challenge which makes you think and use all your skills.

Ron Doley

It was with sadness we heard of Ron Doley’s passing in early April. He was a big man with a big spirit and had lived a life of significant influence. He knew so many people over his long, productive life and they all valued his friendship and help. Ron was a warm and generous person and what he seemed to want to do was to get people being happy and comfortable with the things he was passionate about. For us it was spinning and spinning wheels. His wheels were carefully and thoughtfully designed because he was an expert spinner. He knew what spinners needed. His wheels are well thought out from a functional point of view but they look nice too. He built over a thousand wheels and some of them are in the UK and Germany. He could also build carders and other equipment which accompanied spinning . All his designs suit what you are doing perfectly. One of the things he did for Marina in our club was repair her great grandmother’s spinning wheel. He also came and gave us carding lessons when he brought along the carder he had made for Marina. Nothing was ever too much trouble and his capacity to engage you in technique when it came to spinning came easily to him. He wanted others to get it right and feel that sense of freedom you have when you can spin well.

Several of our members have Ron Doley wheels. We are featuring Christine’s Ron Doley traveller  (middle) and Jan 2’s Ron Doley wheel (left) and Joanne’s Ron Doley wheel (right) which he repaired for her last year.

He will be missed but like everything else he did in life , we have all inherited some soundly crafted influence from Ron Doley.

Ron Doley’s wheels are featured on the Australian Spinning Wheels site.

Autumn colours

Our colour palette has changed with the change of season. March 1st is the beginning of our autumn in Australia. It is still warm and we are very dry. Different areas become different colours and some are just the dried up brown look of summer with the splotches of green from the evergreens. The one thing members noticed last year as they travelled was how different the colours were in each spinning group they visited. We tend to change with the seasons and we certainly are influenced by the ocean we look at every time we meet.

This week we had burnt orange from Karen, a soft green from Anne and the oranges and browns of Cathy’s spun wool batts. We have gone into the softer, autumn colours colours.