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!

Craft is a social activity, shaped by communal resources and motivations. Leonardo Bonanni and Amanda Parkes Virtual guilds : collective intelligence and the future of craft JMC vol 3, no 2 July 2010 pp. 179-190

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Straight off the Loom

A dozen more designs ready for finishing and packaging!  Whew !  Here are a few photos. These are all moahir and wool plus synthetic mixes and are great for accessorising.  Next week I will update Etsy Store with some great new designs for the boys!     Now back to the finsishing bit...washing, pressing, descriptions and labels, photos, package, price and ready to go.   Meanwhile I'm busy dreaming of the next ones...think I'll do some beauthiful Conara scarves using pure Tassie wool.  Just picked up a hank of the Wanstead Park yarn plus some lovely hand-dyed wool from New Norfolk.   Talk to you soon !

Straigh off the Loom

Straight off the Loom

Straight off the loom

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Busy Busy Busy.......after a very successful 2009 start to  handmadebyrowena  I have been busy sourcing lots of yummy new yarns for this year's "collection".  Many many thanks to those who encouraged me, patronised my market stalls or who personally shopped with me!  I do sincerely hope that you have and will continue to, enjoy your Rowena scarves, wraps and throw rugs. Now of course it's down to work!

For the first part of 2010 I will be concentrating on scarves and wraps with the emphasis on three disctinct lines - scarves for everyday for both men and women, pure delight featuring luxury yarns with a designer feel, and the new Conara range.   This last range features the glorious Wanstead Park English Leicester semi-worsted wool from Pip Baird's stud at Conara in Tasmanian's northern midlands.  This beautiful wool combines with other pure Tassie baa baa and 'pacca or silk from Victoria to make superb accessories for you.

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