2020 AGM and Challenge

We got there! The day was grey but inside the club it was warm, friendly and colourful. We have had to wait and wait to do the AGM . It ended up being a very creative , inspiring day. The challenge had been to make or represent an animals whose fleece we spin. All the entries we well thought out and such fun to look at and discuss. We also had some other items to look at which people shared which will come up here or on Instagram. Margaret’s and Maria’s sheep need to be featured too. We are all doing our best and a little less than perfect . The world has been very challenging this year.

Basically, everyone has kept their positions and Sonya has taken over now as Librarian because it is a big, exacting job so taking turns is good. We have to thank Alexis for bring dyed merino tops to colour the day and help us rebuild our stash after iso life. A hearty and well deserved congratulations to Jan H for her lovely winning alpaca. Congratulations! The top she knitted and was wearing was a winner too ๐Ÿ™‚

Janette made a sheep of the fleece

Hilary knitted an alpaca from pre-dyed alpaca fleece

Jan H crocheted an alpaca also a gonk with bright red fleece hair

Cathyย  wet felted and needle felted a sheep

Maria crocheted some miniature sheep

Margaret crocheted a lovely aardvark sheep

Alexis wet felted a sheepโ€™s hat

Alan needle felted a picture of a poodle from the poodle hair

Marina knitted a jacket with applique sheep on it.

We have not , as yet, decided on next year’s challenge. This one was really fun.

Felting with dog fur

We were talking about whether you could felt with dog fur or not when Christine brought the husky fur along to spin. You can. Alan tells us there is no shrinkage so you wetfelt to size . Don’t expect to go through the process where the item becomes smaller as you felt. The woman in the video explains and shows how she felts dog fur. There are not many videos around so we appreciate this one is there. The wet felting process is the same and experience is going to be a great teacher.

Felted accessories

It is great when you can design and fashion your own things , create a bit of style and make aย  statement! Felting seems to lend itself to that and it is always good to see the ideas our group comes up with. Last week Karin had shared a felted bag and the colour play is lovely. Inside there is an emerald green and so when you open the bag there is a whole new visual aspect to it. She had found some heart buttons which matched but she had also made her own beads to go on the bag. Oddly enough it matches Alexis’ poppy hat she brought in this week. It sits well on her head and has a good visual impact. It’s not just a hat! It’s a poppy hat and it looks really, really good. The colour combinations and contrasts in the felted fabric are far more interesting than the pictures. There is form and definition and they add to the overall effect of the hat. Alexis was debating whether to put beads into the poppy centre at the top of the hat.

We thought yes. It actually looks like a real poppy and the beads would just increase that effect. Very clever.

Show and tell

show and tell September 3rdIt was really sunny but quite cold today. We had to talk a lot to keep warm!


Marjorie : The dyed wool plait she had got in Nimbin in vibrant pinks, blues, greens, and yellows. You need sunglasses to look at it. ย She also shared that some of our things were as good as if not better than the things she had seen at the exhibition at eh Nimbin gallery especially Sheilaโ€™s felted slippers . She noted their felted slippers had a rubber solution on the bottom for better grip but that that solution was expensive.

Alexis: Stunning and stylish red poppy hat in reds and black. Photo does not do it justice. She is debating whether to put beads in for the centre of the poppy. We thought that to be a good idea. Oranges and lemons. Books and booklets of patterns for us to share.

Janette: Parsley

Hilary: A brown pair of alpaca fingerless mittens with little cream alpacas and a pair of mustardy coloured fingerless mittens with cute little creatures with beady eyes.

Beth: The sashiko pieces she had made at the workshop at the weekend and some things to look at if we wanted to find out more about it. She said it was well worth learning and was very excited to be able to use those sewing techniques now.