Bev’s Crazy Wooden Frames

Bev made these lovely framed pictures for Lyn when she recently became a grandma for the second time.  Bev spends a lot of time in the bush and found these gnarly pieces of wood with natural knot holes in them.  She then put in pictures of the two grandchildren and their little dog, Cindy.  Very creative.

Sukrita’s Handspun

Sukrita has taken to spinning really quickly.  Her spinning is amazingly neat for someone so new to spinning.  In the above picture, the small skein is Andean plied which none of us had ever done before.  So thanks Sukrita for showing us how to do this simple but very useful plying method.  Andean plying gives a two ply yarn so it looks exactly the same as normal, but allows you to ply a single thread, starting with both ends and no knots as the yarn is never loose.  What a great invention!  It is a bit tricky to describe, but easy to do.  There are plenty of youtube videos showing how to do it so check them out if you want to try it.

Katie’s Patterned Weaving

Katie has been experimenting with patterns in her weaving.  What a fantastic outcome.  Houndstooth which I absolutely adore, and Brooke’s Bouquet.  Katie has used this pattern before in a thicker, all black scarf, and the pattern is much more visible in this colourful scarf below. 

Faye’s Unusual Fibre

Above is a tencel single handspun by Faye.  Tencel is a manmade fibre regenerated from wood cellulose. Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fibres as the trees used are grown sustainably. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.

Faye loves spinning tencel because of the silky feel and the shine it gives to her weaving. The ball of wool is tencel plied with wool, which she then wove into this lovely scarf.  Faye is a very prolific weaver but up until now has done all plain weaving, using colour or yarn thickness to create different scarves and wraps.  This is Faye’s first pattern and I’m sure this will be the start of something big.