Play with Colour

Play with Colour
This is an experiment with the Pineapple Patchwork technique and an opportunity to use up fabric scraps in this design. “Play with Colour” is assembled using a strip piecing technique. Pineapple patchwork can also be assembled using the foundation patchwork technique. This hanging quilt was done by our member, Sheryl W. Beautifully done Sheryl.

Record plates

Record Plates
These Records have been made ready for the Gathering in 2016. The album covers will be used as place mats. The albums will be used as plates. It does not matter about the holes as these will be used for finger food only.  The bowls are for lollies, fruit and nuts.  To make these, firstly it is best to have a scratched record as then you are not ruining a good record. (How is it ruined as it looks fabulous?)  You then put the record on an upturned ovenproof utensil which is covered with baking paper.  I used a cheese cake base to do the plates and for the small bowls a baked bean tin.  For a larger bowl I use a stainless steel bowl or larger tin.  Place all on a flat tray lined with baking paper and pop into a warm oven (approx 160 C), to mould over the utensil. Keep an eye on this as if you leave it too long the record goes all mottley. This process does not take long and looks great. Make sure you open doors and windows for ventilation.  It is not too bad though. Have fun, by Lyn A.

Kathryn’s Rug

Kathryn's Rug
Kathryn has made this lovely rug out of commercial yarn made of wool and bamboo. It  gives it a lovely silky finish.  The rug measures 1.25 metres long and 1 metre wide. Looks fabulous. By Lyn A.

Lampshade in progress

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Here we have Debbie with her eel she is knitting for the lampshade.  The eel is very colourful and the lampshade is well into the construction process.  Debbie is also knitting some seaweed for the lampshade project.  The jellyfish is made by Amanda.  She found the picture in the book and went from there.  Great inspirations are all happening towards this project run by Debbie.  By Lyn A.

More Overdyeing

Overdyed wool Cabled woolSome more of my overdyeing experiments.  I used different strengths of black dye poured over plain red, plain green and blue plied with pink.  Much more interesting looking than before.  The blue and pink skein is cabled, so there are four strands.  The Z singles are S plied, then the two S yarns are Z cabled giving a four strand yarn.

Upwolfing with Lyn

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This was Lyn’s first try at upwolfing, a felting technique invented in the Netherlands. To use this technique you need an upwolfing mat which you can buy online.  Feltfine has them.  The steps are as follows:

  • Over the mat you lay the fleece.
  • You then poke through the holes with the fleece and put in another colour if you wish. (I used Mohair curls).
  • You then put in the plastic, roll up and tie up.
  • Into the washing machine with soap and away it goes.
  • Unwrap and dry when finished or put into the clothes dryer.

Very simple and when effort is put in, it could be a lovely piece.
Very unusual.  By Lyn A.