On felted hats and woven mats

Alexis and John could not have co ordinated the colours better the week they brought in their show and tell. Alexis had two lovely , stylish felted hats she had made and John had brought in the mat he had woven. Skill, subtle colour and inspiration. Things like that make us think how to use colour. It is not unusual for us to bring in things which colour co ordinate with the work of someone else. Half the fun of it , really.

Weaving demands patience and a very methodical approach. John will often challenge himself further by picking similar colours to increase the amount of thinking which has to be done. You really have to pay attention when you a making a pattern with colours which don’t have a stark contrast.

Show and tell

It was a beautiful Adelaide day today and we had a beautiful view and then some really lovely things to look at which people were making. So many interesting ideas and such a good array of colour.

Show and Tell 

Marina had a basket full of spun fibres dyed with various dyes and using different techniques to obtain varied effects.
Cathy 3 small balls of the fleece left over from her felting and a Mobius cowl in
Maria a small, beautiful crochet shawl.
Peter’s finished woven scarf.
John’s weaving with carpet wool, his next project.
Peter’s weaving in progress.
Jan E’s felting samples to keep us inspired.

Enjoy our view:

Christies Beach 24th Feb 2020


Felted wonders

We really did have a creative and productive time at our felting workshop recently. It improved our skills and ideas. Karin brought along her lovely Schiaparelli pink felted bag so we could see how to fix handles because that was the thing we were focusing on this week. Hilary brought along a felted cord so we could see how to make a cord a bit fancier or even use it as a decoration for some other purpose. Cathy’s dark coloured bag turned out well with the added on felted fibre shapes she had learned to make. She also used Pam’s template at home to make a zipped purse with an inlay of corespun wool and some colourful fibre bits. Hilary’s bag had transformed to a vase or even a drink holder. We really liked it and loved how the hankie silk had felted in. Those of us who didn’t know now can make corded or felted handles for our bags so all good 🙂

Australian Bushfires

Our bushfires this year were widespread and very damaging. They have destroyed so much land and threatened so many of our animals and plants. We have lost so many homes and buildings and we have united as a community to do what we can to help. Bushfires happen in Australia, but not like our recent events. They are still in our thoughts because animals and people and then our land need help. The rain has been great but the floods not so much. Janette’s  homespun jumper was amazing to look at. It really is the colours of the bushfires and it a bushfire colourway. We are not going to forget this and so the jumper is very significant. Our firefighters and support personnel have been astounding. We loved Janette’s jumper because it was soft, warm, comforting and making a quiet statement on our table.

Marina cares about  animals as you found out from our When I grow up post last week. She made a felted heart because she cares but she shared the Wires knitted animal pouch pattern with us. Judy’s video below explains about the need for these pouches. She shares some links too. Always good to check with these organisations if they still need them as it often comes in waves.