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!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
|Hello to Ewe Too !|
|Just exhausting being the feature at this year's Bendi !|
Last year we were positively falling over Tassies but last weekend, couldn't find any Tassie sheep, but the fleece had some good representation. Grum only saw one local and that was at the feeding line!
|Forton, Epping Forest|
|Andrew Nicholson, Campbell Town|
With over 300 exhibitors, the woolcraft pavillions were packed with crafters demonstrating, dyeing, batting, weaving, spinning, knitting and displaying their wonderful wares. The Fashion Parades even stopped the fellas in their tracks. I cannot believe the creativeness that abounds in fibre. There was some good tucker too and the sheepdogs were having a ball in the centre arena.
What did I come home with ? A kilo of beautiful autumn-toned dyed in the fleece Romney x Finn from Lesley Rorke's Wooleebaa Farm that I have already dusted off the spinning wheel to try. Finn Sheep seem to be the next big thing for niche producers with these long-wool baas producing multiple babies each drop and giving up a fine fleece of around 22 micron. John and Lucy Edwards from Creswick, Victoria have Finns and Alpacas and John gave me a great overview of Finns in Australia.
I also got some finn x yarn in a lovely russet colourway from Suzi Horne, artist and wool producer. Her hand painted millspun yarns were gorgeous!
Monday, July 12, 2010
NEW NEW NEW are the pure Tasmanian Fine Merino scarves and wraps. 19 micon fine Tassie merino has been millspun in Roberts Tasmania's Japanese partner's mill into lustrous and lofty 2/16s yarn which is as light as thistledown. I am delighted to be able to offer truly Tasmanian garments and accessories to you. Thanks to Eric and Roberts' Tasmanian Merino label!
Over the next few weeks I wil load selections from Winter 2010 range into my Madeit and Etsy Stores and of course, all and more will be available at my stall at the Junction 2010 Niche Market at the end of August!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
This will be the fourth year we have been, and I have been saving $$s madly and can hardly wait to get in the mind-blowing Woolcraft pavillions where miles of vendors offer everything from buttons and findings to finished garments. Many many stalls with glorious handspun and/or hand dyed hanks of silk, cotton, wool, alpaca and every other fibre under the sun. The fashion parades are just stunning and the Woolcraft competition venues bring you back to earth with a jolt when you see the marvellous talent on display.
The significant other will head straight for the ones on four legs to watch the judging, shearing comps and to catch up on any f&a's from Tassie who are there - and there will be a few I am sure! I love the fleeces on display and of course who can resist the sheepdog trials.
But the best will be buying buying buying...I hope to be able to purchase some very special yarns to weave weave weave.
The Ravelry lot will be there but I will miss the Friday meet as the Spirit won't get me there in time to make it up to Bendi for Brekkie.
Border Leicester is the feature breed this year.
Pics and highlights next week !
Friday, July 9, 2010
Guess what ?...Kaye's got herself a spinning wheel and is learning to make fibre. How wonderful!!! I can't wait to see what she's up to.
Monday, July 5, 2010
This event was astounding for me at the May venue and if I only can make half as many people happy with their scarves and wraps it will be wonderful!
This time we'll be part of the Junction 2010 event http://www.junction2010.com.au/ which will be a fantastic spotlight on Launceston's Arts community and hopefully having Niche as part of the activities will not only raise profiles, encourage people to invest with the local artisans but bring lots of traffic past Niche stalls and raise heaps for Gt Giles !
......weaving...weaving....weaving......absolutely gorgeous Tassie 19 micron fine merino wool into fashion statements........glitzy bling scarves for everyday.........warm warm natural corriedale and Tassie english leicester wool snugglies for the coldest of winters...handspun and handwoven one-offs..........busy...busy...busy.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
This is the Noro Taiyo Yarn - colour No 9
Cotton, Silk, Wool and a tiny bit acrylic. Yummy !