About this blog
A blog about the meanderings of a craft designer and hand maker living in a beautiful island at the end of the earth....I'm a weaver addicted to her little Ashford Knitters Loom, a crocheter, knitter, painter, gardener and grandma. Rowena lives in Tasmania - a world apart, not a world away!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Unit listed and now sold - thanks to Katrina at Raine & Horne Launceston for a professional and attentive service!! Amazingly fast results.
Too much stuff (refer Eric Bibb)...yes way too much stuff......packed up.
AND MOVED thanks to Bell's removals and the fantastic Dion and Shane who got it all done in the pouring rain. The only thing broken was what I dropped.
Unpacking too much stuff......thanks thanks thanks to Lalu and I could use the kitchen.
The shop got painted - thanks Lyn...and arranged in the dead of night ready for last Wednesday's opening.
And Grum came home for Christmas from the wilds of Victoria....and cut wood ( taa also to Michael in absentia, Fergus and Lalu (again!)), and bought me a clothes line for Christmas and put it up, and spent 3 hours cutting grass, pruning the fruit trees and generally tidying, nailing, moving and supporting.......
Gee thanks too to Lauren for giving me Christmas dinner off - it was a lovely meal and terriffic to have us there together.
And to my Mum, on the occasion of her 95th birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUMMY xxxxxx
...and as well to BRuce and Mary and Kaye and Will and June and Rita and Carmen and Bubu and Jacquie and Yin Mei and all of the other ones who I appologise for not mentioning and who have phoned, emailed or called...just THANK YOU!!!!!!
And lastly to Eric again...Don't let nobody drag your spirit down
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The latest superfine Tasmanian merino handwoven scarves are finally off the looms, finished, labeled and packaged and ready to go to their new owners!
They are destined as gifts for attendees at a wedding in Hobart this Saturday - and two will be off to the U.S! I'm SO pleased with the new packaging. It makes the special ones look "specialler" don't you think?
One is millspun, one millspun warp and handspun weft and two handspun both ways woven on an Ashford Knitters loom 50 cm and usingTasmanian Merino label superfine merino tops (handspun to medium singles) and the same millspun 2/16s. Lovely !!!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Home Sunday nite then next week will be full of last minute things to do before the "big move" and also catching up with the wonderful artisan crafts people who have decided to support Oatlands handmade. There is lots of stock to pick up and get organised. The MOO Robot emailed me to say my lovely new business cards and other printed stuff is on it's way and the shop counter has arrived in the garage - now so full I can't find the little looms!! (Still got orders to complete b4 Thursday and another trip to Hobart to fit in. Whew!!)
Looking forward also to a trip to Eastside Makers on Sunday 5th to say hello and to collect more stock. Some visitors from the Coast will be there - hope they have a great market! Oh, and a big big thanks to Extras Direct (I won a Gift Voucher from them at the September Eastside) I went shopping when in Hobart on Wednesday. Bought a beautiful handmade jacket. Absolutely gorgeous little shop at Shoreline Shopping Centre full of accessories, jewellery, unique clothing and shoes. Thanks thanks thanks.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Lyn met me for drinks first at Mud - how civilised - then we perused the offerings at the inaugural Apron Design Market . Lots of others were looking too and the weather was fine...a bit windy but the shelter created by those white marquees ensured that stall holders and visitors alike were comfortable. The atmosphere was great. I was pleased to chat to Loz with her beautiful Grandeliers and enthused over the stunning 9 Fruits - flat pack fruit bowl from young designer Adam Aberle - a finalist in the 2009 Design Awards. Impressed also with Bek's lovely cards and linen aprons. But they were all fantastic. All of them. Look at the website for stall holders.
So then we jumped in the cars and tootled down to the Tramsheds to the third Niche for 2010 and oh boy! The crowds were stupendous. Loved the venue Liz - best yet - and think yes, the second room is a must for next time!
I spent a happy time shopping for THE NEW SHOP and talking to the host of wonderful makers - old and new! Was really liking Margaret's lamps as well as AdoreU Design's security card holders - great to see some design going into these mundane accessories we are forced to wear. Lovely!! Who else ? Well just look at the Niche blogspot and you'll see who. All great, all being patronised and the venue chokkas with people shopping! St Giles will benefit, Liz will be stoked.
So then we went off to Blue Cafe . I had the prawn and avocado salad and my assistant had a yummy wood fired pizza, but the desert was to die for : dark chocolate bouchon pudding with caramel dirt & vanilla bean
icecream. OMG !!! I took a photo of it for here but the wine had made my hand shake and it's not quite suitable for publication LOL. We staggered off into the sunset, shopped out and replete.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Also, here are some new superfine Tasmanian merino scarves wot I have just finsihed for an order. One more to go so I had better start warping !!!
|Three Superfine Merino handwoven Scarves|
|Closeup of one on right|
These scarves were all woven on my little Ashford Knitters Loom with a 12.5 dpi heddle and the gorgeous 19.5 micron superfine merino fibre.
The left one is using our own handspun in an open weave which was then fulled in the washing machine to a firm fabric.
The middle one is mill-spun superfine warp with the weaving a window pane pattern variation using alternating millspun and handspun.
The right hand one is all mill-spun and there's a closeup of the balanced weave at right. The one that I have still to do will be a leno using the superfine handspun.
My new (secondhand) 80 cm Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom !!!!!
Thanks to Belinda in the ACT for packing it up so beautifully and sending over for me!!
PS Thanks for the kind wishes y'all - I'm still sick :(
Saturday, November 13, 2010
SigOther keeps ringing up from the wilds of Vic and asking "are you dead yet ?" well...lovely eh? But at least he rings up and asks. Men sometimes have funny ways of expressing care don't they LOL
So, plenty of paracetamol, lemon and honey and tissues :(
I've been printing cards all day (thank you Isis) and at least that's kept me busy and now they are dry, I will label and pack them.......getting ready for next month.
|I did this one on lovely heavy recycled card stock |
from Regal Crafts. He looks beautiful on brown!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tended by Lee and Chris in the tantalisingly beautiful Tamar Valley close to Launceston, your family needs to experience the scent and ambience these ecologically sustainable Christmas Trees will bring to your festive season this year!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Despite the apalling weather, a steady crowd patronised the event and by just after lunch, the rain had gone! I bought some beaut soap from Natures Force from Kimberley, some lovely silver grey fleece, a paca batt with bling, some bunny and some hoppy fur from Cheryl of Fibres & Threads, a beaut brooch from Rita and a pair of stunning maille earings from Lyn's Maille.
I had a great time hanging out with the girls and enjoyed looking at a wonderful new range of Tas handmades.
Standouts : Rino and Howard up from Geeveston in the deep south of Tasmania with their stunning sterling silver and glass bead serving wear and jewellery!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The intention of the organisers to return to a "working" craft fair (see website and 2010 entry criteria) is commendable and appreciated by the patrons : crowds gathered everywhere an artisan was demonstrating which goes to prove the point. "....exhibitors will display their finest wares and share their techniques"
The providore lines were great too, but don't take it too far and turn the occasion into a food and wine show ! The mission and vision of this magnificent event - The Tasmanian Craft Fair is the largest working display of arts and crafts in Australia.- must be the guide !!
|My purchases from 2010|
The Ashford rigid heddle looms (yes there are TWO now) are eagerly awaiting these gorgeous materials :
|Wonderful hand-dyed merino wool and silks from the vats of Mahdi and Wendy, those terrific Text-isle-Tarts|
|Paca Bling Batt from Sue at Tasmanian House of Fibre|
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Day One - Screen Printing on Monday 25th October
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The 2010 Truly Tasmanian Craft Exhibition and Sale will be held at Latrobe on the November Longweekend : 30, 31st October and 1st November.
You will see an exhibition of high quality handmade craft by Tasmanian craft persons held in Latrobe. There will be working exhibitions and fine Tasmanian made produce as well.
Artisans work Includes jewellery, wood craft, furniture, photography, art, pottery, craft, lace making, teddy bears, fine food, lead lighting, mosaic mirrors, glasswork, ceramics, alpaca craft, hand painted silk, handmade cards, wooden toys, decorated eggs, handmade collectables and Christmas decorations.
So, check out Deloraine but don't forget this one Saturday 30th October, Sunday 31st October and Monday 1st November 2010.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Please check the date and venue - I have collected these from various websites and blogs....
24 October Deviot Hall Market, West Tamar
29 October - 1 November Tasmanian Craft Fair Deloraine
October 30, 31 and November 1
Truly Tasmanian Craft Exhibition and Sale
@ Latrobe - Dates are def LWE!!
6 November Matildas Markets Hobart @ Elizabeth St Pier
19 - 20 November The Apron Design Market @ The Seaport,
(mentioned on a couple of blogs...
more info please?)
21 November http://themarkethobart.com.au/
28 November Clarence Point Market, West Tamar
5 December http://eastsidemarket.blogspot.com/
12 December http://themarkethobart.com.au/
Friday, October 15, 2010
|Goodies by the dozen!|
|Shopfront on Marshall St Cobar|
|Jodie and one of her lovely daughters in the shop!|
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Well.....10 kms up the road, Piper Street in Kyneton is the place to go on a weekend. The monthly Farmer's Market is a draw, but the roughly kilometer length is absolutely chokkas with cafes, providores, art, handmade and decorating. Everything from French Provincial to vintage Australian. I love to wander when I get the chance...which I did on Sunday.
In a previous post I have enthused about Stockroom on Piper who have occupied part of the old Meskills Wool Mill building and this was my first time back since their opening (and relocation from Daylesford) - and I was not disappointed. Jason and Magali have added a new coffee hub complete with vintage red caravan and 1970s lounges to sit on and books to browse (I was right at home!); there were the usual gorgeous Australian designed and made clothes to peruse plus an eclectic offering of handmades interspersed with vintage collectibles and kitchenalia - not to mention the exhibition spaces and artist workshops!
So......I was absolutely exstatic (well very excited at the least) when I spied a familiar logo and recognised the work of the lovely Rosie from NOTIONS ! Wonderful to see Tassie handmade abroad and mixing it with the world!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Me and the SO have been travelling in the big wide spaces of Australia on our annuals - last year we went to Broken Hill and down the Darling with not much water in it. This year, some of the same, but along bits of the Murray and up the Darling on the other side.... water water absolutely everywhere...and the feed...and the wildflowers! Also this year we took the tent and only slummed it in a park cabin on the last night.
Malmsbury (our Victorian home near Kyneton in the Central Highlands) to Loxton (SA). Monday was Berri and Renmark, then off through NSW along the Murray River to Lock 7 near Rufus River at the bottom of Lake Victoria (full of water). Tuesday was Wentworth, Pooncarrie and to 'Bindara Station' on the Darling River (full of water). Wednesday we ran from the rain through the Kinchega National Park & the Menindee Lakes area (full of water); then real outback stuff up to Wilcannia (boy oh boy) and to Tilpa (where we wrote our names on the wall at the pub) and camped at the weir (full of water). Thursday back down to Cobar where I met the lovely Jodie at Jellywares, then Hilston and Hay. Friday we headed for home through Balranald, back into Victoria across the Murray (full of water) at Swan Hill, down through Kerang, to Bridgewater, Malong, and home along the freeway back to Malmsbury (where the Malmsbury Res is almost full of water LOL).
I'm tired thinking about it! I just fell off the red plane this arvo and am catching up on the important things like emails and blogs!
Photos tomorrow .......xxxxxx...zzzzzzz....xxxxxxx
Sunday, September 26, 2010
|Lots of balls|
|Clarence Point Alpaca (Rusty) 2 ply handspun|
|Meskills 8 ply mill-spun Corriedale and |
Tassie Superfine Merino handspun single on right
|Finn X dyed in the fleece 2 ply handspun|
|Finn X Dyed in the fleece selection of handspun sinlges with the 2 ply on left. |
These are all from the same fleece that I got from Lesley Rorke at Bendigo this year
|Hand dyed silk fibre spun single (also from 2010 Bendigo)|
|Tas Superfine Merino handpsun singles in two textures|
It's really great to have a dedicated spot for craft supplies - makes it soo much easier to find just what it is that you need.
I have my superfine merino tops listed on madeit but shall be moving them to craftumi as soon as I get organised (organised is VERY HARD at the moment, but VERY EASY to List lol)
Check out all the goodies that are available........
• Art • Bag Making • Beads • Books & Magazines • Candle & Soap Making • Ceramic, Pottery, Mosaic • Fabric • Fibre & Yarn • Glass Art • Jewellery • Kits • Leather Craft • Wood Craft • Metal Craft • Millinery • Needlework • Packaging • Pattern • Photography • Printmaking • Scrapbooking & Card Making • Sewing & Quilting • Storage • Toy & Doll Making
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Bermuda...my favourite place in the world other than Tassie of course (I was there is 2003) has been hurricaned again! Poor Bermuda - a little fish hook in the middle of the Atlantic not much different in size to Bruny Island, battered and bruised by a monster swirling out there in the ocean.
|St George's suburbs Bermuda May 2003|
Friday, September 17, 2010
|100g Pack Tas Superfine Merino|
I'm very excited to be now able to offer for sale 100g packs of Tasmanian Superfine Merino wool tops. From the Japanese Mill that processes this fibre which is sourced exclusively from Tasmanian growers, the tops have been scoured, carded and combed and are ready to spin, felt or use for other crafty pursuits.
Natrual, lustrous, creamy white, the 19.5 micron average superfine fibre just about jumps all by itself onto the bobbin!
Go to my madeit or etsy shops and you'll be able to purchase some for yourself!
Barb and I have just started spinning this wonderful stuff and the spun yarn will be woven on the Ashford Knitters Loom for the autumn 2011 range of handmadebyrowena scarves, wraps, jackets and other outerwear, plus our NEW RANGE of baby products coming soon. We are just so excited to be able to share it with you !!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
We went for a drive to check out the state of the local waterfalls.......
|Loddon Falls near Glenlyon (Spa Country Victoria) at the weekend|
|Loddon Falls earlier this year|
|Trentham Falls at the weekend|
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
So, how did we go ? Well once again it was an absolute pleasure to be surrounded by such fantastic, happy and friendly designer makers from Tasmania. We had a great time and apart from a few relatively minor hiccups out of most every one's control, everything went really well. Saturday especially was busy and throngs filled the space to near capacity more than a couple of times!
To all those who stopped by Rowena to say hello - thanks for making my market stall a happier place and to those who liked my wares enough to purchase, I truly hope you enjoy your scarf for many wears to come! Thanks for all the encouraging comments, the new ideas and the reinforcement of what I am already doing. I was also encouraged by the interest in the new Superfine Tasmanian Merino Lambs wool scarves and in the Conara range made from the lustrous Wanstead Park English Leicester yarn! It seems also that we can sell balls of Barb's lovely handspun - there was much interest. Perhaps, if I can get guaranteed supply, I may be able to find time to hand dye and ballup the superfine and sell in small lots - wouldn't that be a pip (to quote Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy).
I must get busy now on my trusty AKL as there are three orders to fill and Jude and Felicity and the girls from Eastside Makers Market have encouraged me to part with the readies for a spot at the next market in Bellerive on Hobart's eastern shore next Sunday 5th September 2010. ....and I really need to update Etsy and MadeIt .
...another Niche all wrapped up! Thanks Selena and to Zoe who looked after us wonderfully at the Academy Gallery venue! Do hope those who were at the Boatshed venue had just a great a time!