Show and tell

There were a lot of us there on Monday and we were in full voice and at full volume. The Port Noarlunga Beanies to Berets textile expo had cheered us up. Our stall had done well, Jan 2 had had her alpaca stall, with her live alpacas , which went well and Janette had her stall which had gone well too. The whole event was positive and Hilary summed it up well:

Our Textile Expo on Saturday was considered a big success we sold several
items, had lots of interest & fun talking & exchanging idea with other stall holders
as well as customers & with quite a few of members helping out either behind the
stall or just coming to see. A big thank you to John who arrived at 10am and stayed all day chatting and explaining the merits of weaving to anyone who listened, also to Alexis who provided the much needed dummies for draping garments on& Jan who was
there early straight from her sick bed. A thank you to one and all.

Show and tell

Maria :white beanie in a pattern Maria has made up.
Marjorie : very colourful socks
Chris: 2 skeins 1, green Polwarth, 1 purple Alpaca.
John :sporting a vest knitted by Chris a long time ago given to one of our
members to make into a toy but too good to cut up and it was just waiting
for the right person to come along to wear it.

Spun yarn

Nothing beats spun yarn. It has a life and texture of its own. It is very much a tactile experience. As a spinner you can spin whatever you want. You can dye your own fleece . You can buy ready dyed tops . We practise and extend our own skills and then like to support local people who are involved in producing hand dyed fibre and who sell fleeces. Each fibre and fleece feels different. If it is dyed it tends to feel dry. All of this is an experience which is far richer than working with commercial wool. Commercial wool feels odd when you work with it after you have worked with hand spun yarn. We can ply our spun fibre with cotton or acrylic fibre or a commercial yarn. That always ends up interesting . That’s the thing. There can never be enough texture or choice!

Show and tell

show and tell 11th FebruaryShow and tell this week was testimony to how energising our dyeing workshop had been and why it is worthwhile having dyeing days.

Cathy: Purple dyed fleece, pink dyed rose fibre and butterscotch fleece dyed with avocado pips, onion skins and lichen from Sonya.

Sonya: Green mermaid coloured fleece, rubine cake dyed over grey spun wool.

Karin:  Plied cake. Opalescent dyed wool skein dyed on white.

Hilary: Oatmeal and green dyed wool and cake of orange and pink dyed in cake.

Margaret: yellow tiny teddy crocheted in once piece.

Wendy: Dyed pink , turquoise and opalescent spun wool

Anne: Dyed sunburst colour fleece and a pair of woodland colours knitted socks.

Marina: green and pink dyed alpaca fleece.

Jan: Turquoise and mauve dyed wool using icing food colouring.

Sheila : red, white yellow and blue dyed skein, grey dyed in balls. White wool dyed in rainbow colours. Her tip is the longer it sits the more the colours run.

Marjorie : knitted beret in pinky lavender and blue/green.

rubine dyed over grey

It’s all in the colour

When you are thinking yarn art , it’s all in the colour. It’s in the choices you make, the techniques you use and then the combinations of colour and technique you select. Alexis is one of the people in our group who knows how to put the art in yarn. We love her colour combinations and then the ways she puts those colours together so that the visual impact is there. This week was no different.


felted scarf and hand dyed woolShe  had brought in a felted scarf and a cake of dyed wool. No ordinary scarf and no ordinary wool. She called the wool Ugly Duckling Wool. It was dyed with a dye called Tomato but there were lighter flecks in there of off white. Visually it was really interesting and the tomato colour was attractive and then you’d find yourself wondering what you would make with that colour wool. There were a few moments of hilarity when someone thought she’d used real tomatoes to get that colour -which you can’t – and they wanted to know  how many tomatoes and then the confusion that the dye was called Tomato. One of those funny linguistic misunderstanding conversations.



felted wool scarf with silk inlayThe wool, though, brought out the colours of the inlaid silk in the black felted scarf. It was a visual trick which worked well. The scarf is made from jet black First Editions wool and is very soft and pliable. It drapes well which often is not the case with felted scarves. The inlaid silk is crinkled and adds a visual dimension which brings out movement in the colour. Clever. Very clever.






knitted felted bagThen we had the knitted felted bag to feast our eyes on. All the time it was sitting there next to Alexis’ electronic spinner, we were learning about art and colour. The wool batts are Tasmanian Blue gum leaves ( aka silver dollar) and the longer you brew the mixture, the darker the colour. That burnt orange is lovely. The knitted, felted bag is reminiscent of Kandinsky colours…like his Aquarelle avec taches rouges or maybe , if you want to go Australian, an Arthur Streeton like Evening Game. Alexis just knows how to blend a number of colours so they look good.

Evening game Arthur Streeton
Evening game


Aquarelle avec taches rouges