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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Wedding: Merino and Silk Shawls

I am home, tired but very very happy.
A few weeks ago I was asked to make some wraps for a wedding in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Australia. I have spent the last couple of days with friends and working on the scarves.
I have really enjoyed playing with colours to get the right mix. Photo's have been going back and forth across the ether so Lisa (the bride) could be involved in the making and decisions.

I started with merino and silk

We added colour and lots of it.

We have the fibres ready to go.

Felting planned over the next couple of days...What an exciting moment, I am really looking forward to seeing these finished and being worn by my lovely bride and her bridesmaids. to go and make them.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Gift for Local School

Recently I was asked to make a hat for a school. They wanted to be able to use it to put names in of all the children who did well with their work or contributed in some way. The aim is to collect all the names and then randomly select at the end of term, the names that are selected will get a prize or recognition. I wanted to make something fun. I decided a sorting hat would be perfect.
School Sorting Hat
It's hard to see the colours, it's a royal blue and looks much lighter because of all the sparkles, I think it must be all the magic ;-)

I hope they like it!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Just had to share this...

We came back from a trip to the beautiful Welsh valleys where our children ran free and we all had a fantastic find 14 dead wasps in the bathroom and a nest on the outside wall.

Dibber (husband) decided that he was going to get rid of it by spraying it. In order to do this he would have have on the appropriate clothing. This is what he came up with...

I can't stop laughing!

Fibre-East 2011

We arrived on mass, daughter, mum, mum-in-law, aunt-in-law,sister-in-law, partner of sister-in-law, daughter, friend of get the picture.

This was the first wool festival we have had in this part of the country and we were very excited. We came from family travelled from Bristol/ Nottingham/ Letchworth...and some were nearer - Bedford.

Three of us (Em, Claire and me) got there early because we had signed on for a fibre workshop. We wanted to play with batts, luckily we were able to spend the morning with Jill Shepherd - Master of Colour and Batts.
Jill - Talking us through Hand Carders and Blending.  
 She showed us how to make these blended rolls...great for spinners (Claire was excited about these - she spins!) (I'm going to some point).
Spinning Magic

Next came THE CARDING MACHINE- YEAH!!!! I have wanted to get up close with one of these for some time. I knew I wanted to buy one, but not having used one this was the ideal opportunity to get some hands on experience to make sure it did what I needed it to do.

I never really thought there would be any technique, just feed in the fibre and turn the wrong was I? Jill carefully (and is a woman who enjoys her fibre) explained about the different types of carders and introduced us to this one made by Paul Brittain of 
Worked beautifully and at least 3 people from the group bought one from him at the show. I think there was pleasure and panic by the time he left...he has a very long order book and he makes everything himself - he is going to be busy for some time.

 Gill made the workshop great fun. She gave us great themes to help us with our colours. This example was called 'Jealous Mistress'
Nice and calm with little flashes of red.

Emily's Rainy English Garden
Midnight in the Garden by Sarah...who went straight out and got a carder!

Claire modelling 'Traffic Jam on Motorway' - Or how to look like garden gnome?!?! Lol.

 Was great fun, we were all really happy to have spent time with Jill...and then we went on to buy all manner of things. We returned home happy, but a little bit poorer. -Perfect!