Cashmere Knitting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVicki is one of our best knitters.  She is knitting a beautiful cashmere scarf for Fi, who is also a member.  Fi found this stunning cashmere yarn at the Bowral Tulip Time Festival and wanted to make something really lovely out of it, understandably.  She found the right pattern, but doesn’t really like to go beyond the knit and purl, and so commissioned Vicki to do the knitting instead.  Can’t wait to see it finished.

Incoming Tide

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIntending to cull my “stash” of patterns, craft ideas and inspirational pictures I looked through them and found some pictures of “weaving” from the McCalls magazines I used to hoard from the 1970’s (those were the days !!) Finding a few pictures of weaving I was inspired to try my hand and with Gay’s advice started by just using a picture frame – I found various types of wool and acrylic yarn, and devised a pattern of waves coming into the shore – and it was fun. Margaret also gave me a few tips on how to “join” different slabs of colour and I was off. I then finished off with some shells that I had and Kay gave me some organic stuff (Old Man’s beard) which is woven in and around the shells. I found some necklaces that were around and draped them on the frame and hey presto – one picture. Of course I never actually culled my stash !!! By Eileen.

Out of The Deep

Out of the DeepThis textile was created for an exhibition of works presented by members of  the Australian Textile And Surface Decoration Association (ATASDA), in the Palm House Gallery in the Sydney Botanic Gardens.  
It embodies qualities of Planet Earth oceans, from the deep, dark ocean floor, up through swirling, pulsing currents of sea water to the upper layers where sunlight penetrates the surface.  
The hand-dyed background has been overlaid with appliqued shapes, knitted textile comprising torn fabric strips combined with yarn, and hand stitched mesh.  The texture of this mesh allows me to create a feeling of fluid movement.  It also provides transparency which lets the viewer see into the silent, pressing depths of the ocean, to glimpse the shadowy movement of sea creatures.
  The stitched and appliqued circles in the mesh represent the constant rolling motion of the sea. There is more light and colour in these shapes as they move toward the surface.
  The knitted textile pieces compound the horizontal watery movement, act as portholes and add tactile appeal.  By Jenny.

Almost Done

Megan Rug Weaving


Megan has been weaving this rug on our large loom for about two years by her reckoning.  She is looking forward to finishing it.  Megan has achieved a very shaggy look by knotting lengths of yarn onto the warp.  This is very time consuming.  Megan plans to use the rug on the floor in her home.

Quilting Raffle

We are holding a raffle to collect money towards the replenishing of our wadding and material stockpile which has recently been diminished by our participation in the Blue Mountains Fire Appeal.  We supplied 20 quilts and assisted in finishing another 15 which, together with many donations from all round the country, were given to all those who lost their homes in the recent fires.  Prizes are shown below.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis crazy quilt was a joint project by our Wednesday morning group.  Each person creates a square so apart from the matching centres, they are all unique but still complementary, and combine to create a bright and beautiful quilt.

DSCF5685This pure woollen blanket was made by our Tuesday group.  The wool was handspun by the group and we asked our best knitters to knit the squares and stitch them all together.  What a lovely warm blanket to snuggle under on cold winter evenings.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

It’s A Wrap

Rachel weaves every day.  She says it’s like a meditation.  Some relaxing music in the background to accompany the back and forth of the shuttle on it’s way to creating an article of splendour.  What a wonderful way to start the day and she completes so many beautiful wraps in the process.  This is one of her latest creations.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARachel’s large wool stash gives her plenty of choices for the main colours.  She then selects some complementary handspun art yarns to embellish her work and the result is absolutely gorgeous.

Feral Goats

We had two goat skins hanging on the cottage wall that needed a bit of dressing up,  so Bev designed a very colourful wall hanging to display the fleeces.  The white fleece is from a Cashmere Goat, and the grey is from an Angora Goat, giving mohair fibre.  The vivid background was inspired by the red soil at Cobar.  Bev carded a rather large amount of Merino fleece, dyed it using the microwave dying method using Queen’s food colouring, and felted it onto a piece of hessian.  The possum was then needle felted over the top (can you spot the possum?)Feral Goats Bev's 1.