|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!