Saturday, 9 July 2011

Natural Fibre Supplies from Tasmania

My dear friend Shirley lives in Tasmania, 
off the mainland of Australia, 
way down south where it is quite cold this time of the year. 
She surprises me with all sorts of treats to play with. 
(And I have to say, although I love modern technology and receiving mail online, 
there's nothing quite like
 receiving 3D mail delivered by the postman!.) 

...... Recently, a package arrived with some 
Superfine Tasmanian Merino lambs Wool 18.5 micron from 
a wonderful place to visit 
- just an hour from Hobart and they will send samples by post to you - no matter where you are! 
and also 
some wonderful hand dyed, rainbow coloured, superfine Alpaca Rovings from 
The Alpaca Shoppe
61 Emu Bay Road,
Deloraine
Tasmania 7304
Ph:0457 198753
email:   alpacashoppe@westnet.com.au 


The Alpaca Shoppe is an extension of three Alpaca Farms located at Deloraine and Mole Creek, Tasmania. They showcase raw fleece, natural and dyed alpaca yarns and handmade garments.
They're open 7 days and welcome visitors! 

I've decided to use the two fibres together to make something special,
so stay tuned for the results . . . 
Thanks again Shirley x x x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Wet Felting Workshops

One of my all time favourite Felters and Mentors is
Phillipa Rooke
Phillipa is conducting workshops at
Threads & More, Sherwood, Brisbane QLD.
8 May 2011 - Wool and Silk Scarf 
7 June 2011 - Felted Slipons
14 &15 May 2011 - Advanced Felting
22 May 2011 - Felted Silk and Wool Scarf
12 June 2011 - Felted Slippers and Fancy Footware
Do you want to be
Amazed, Inspired and Learn Excellent Techniques?
. . . a Workshop with Phillipa is a MUST !

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Thursday, 7 April 2011

A Mouse in a Candy House !

I'm having fun with these . . . makes me wish the kids were little again.
I miss seeing that look of delight on their faces with their newfound toys!





Friday, 1 April 2011

Friday, 25 March 2011

A Mouse in a House

I found a box of half finished needle felted mice the other day and decided to finish them.
This is the first. This little mouse now has a house!
This is the perfect mouse - she doesn't eat, smell or escape!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

More Easter Eggs and Chicks . . .

Have you heard of 'Madeit' ?
It's our Aussie grown version of Etsy
and growing all the time.
Come and visit sometime - you may be surprised what you might find !
This little chick is listed in my store.
She is a great alternative for busy little fingers who
can't have chocolate - and she doesn't melt !


Monday, 21 March 2011

100 Hearts for 'Donate Life'

I met Shirley late last year at Kingscliff Market and we chatted about felt and the Felt Hearts she creates...

Shirley makes Stress Balls in the shape of Hearts and decorates each one intricately with stitches, beads and ribbons. They're made with loads of love and care and they squeeze snuggly into the palm of your hand.

Shirley donated a kidney to her Grandson when he was 2 years old. Afterward, she donated some hearts to 'Donate Life' Hobart, knowing they would be great comforters for young and old alike - particularily children if they were on Dialysis or in hospital, were sad or unhappy.  

Shirley shares the love ...
these photographs are just 55 of 100 hearts she made with love for 'Donate Life' recently.  

She enjoys the way the pictures evolve and as you can see, she has the patience of a saint!
They're all so beautiful !

We swap packages of treasures by mail - I was hoping Shirley would be able to use my handmade felt - but the hearts are so firmly filled with love and stuffing that the seams ease apart -
that's a project for the think tank . . . wet felted with a resist maybe ?
Thank-you for all the goodies Shirley ! x









Monday, 14 March 2011

Needlefelted Grubs

Look who I found nesting in my fibre stash!

These crazy little critters make great cuddlies for children !
They fit neatly in little hands, are soft and spongy and
have personalities all of their own !

They're needlefelted from corriedale fleece and have tufts of merino hair.
They're kind of cute in a 'grubby' sort of way !

Have a Great Day !



Easter Chick and Egg - Wet Felted

I love the pretty colours of Easter Celebrations !

What is felting?

"FELT" The Essential Macquarie Dictionary meaning:

"A non woven fabric of wool, fur or hair matted together by pressure"

Fibres can be manipulated with the use of soap, water, friction and heat variations ..........or the use of barbed needles to create many interesting, practical and wearable things.

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