Lyn’s Seaside Rug

Seaside rug

This Rug has been designed and made by Lyn A.  The measurements of the rug are 206cm long x 182cm wide.  I found this inspiration in a photo.  This rug is made up of 90% hand spun, hand dyed wool fleece, alpaca, silk and cotton and some commercial yarn was used for the warp.  This was done on our boat while travelling. The weaving was done on a Sampleit loom.

Lyn's seaside rug
The Sand: woven on the loom in two separate panels.
The Background Sand: woven with the fleece and extras woven in.
The Water:  woven with the white yarn (to represent the surf) woven into the panel.
Crochet and Knitting is done to create the water with the white yarn throughout.
The Sky:  knitting and crochet with fleece to represent the clouds.
The Shells:  knitted and crochet with felted green pieces added for effect.
A Weave-it square has been added on the left with a French Knitted long strand used.
The borders are woven and fleece and yarn woven into it for the overall finish.

Lyn's seaside rug
I have loved making this from start to finish. You can (Feel the love).
Hours of work:  I would never be able to estimate, as the dyeing, spinning, plying, knitting, crochet, weaving is an act of love.
I hope you enjoy viewing the rug, as I have enjoyed making it. Thanks.
By Lyn A.

Linda Felting

Linda felting
Lynda produces some beautiful work on the felting days. Here Lynda is making two scarves with a cobweb effect and one scarf has a fringe. These look fantastic. Keep up the wonderful work Lynda. By Lyn A.
Linda's scarves

The Australian National Yurt Project

yurt frame

Yurt Frame

This post is about a project initiated by a lady called Martein van Zuilen who was born in Holland, but now lives in Perth. The project is called The Australian National Yurt Project which she founded in 1997, and with a lot of help the yurt was completed in 1998. In 1996 Martein travelled to St Petersburg in Russia and to Denmark to study the history of felt from every part of Central Asia, then on to Mongolia to learn the history and significance of felt in nomadic life. There she observed artisans making felt on the vast grass steppe using raw fleece, no soap, cold water and the power of horses to make it happen. Martein then returned to Australia to start her project, and with the help of The Australian Forum for Textile Arts (TAFTA) and as many people as possible the Yurt was built using donated raw fleece, no soap and cold water.

Inside The Yurt

Inside The Yurt

Martein travelled 12,000 kilometers and across five states to work with felters on large pieces of felt.  Two pieces were sown together in a semi-circle to make the roof, and a lady called Kerry Bryan donated her time and using recycled timber made the frame, and in all 21 metres of felt were made. On the night of the Fibre Forum at Mittagong they all slept in the finished yurt.

finished yurt

The Finished Yurt

This information was found on Martein van Zuilen‘s website.

Bev Poncho Pattern

Bev making a pattern
Bev is cutting out a pattern from Charlottes poncho, for her to felt for herself. The pattern has to be cut bigger to allow for the shrinkage which occurs in felting. We are looking forward to the end result at one of the felting days.

Louise’s Bright Felting

Louise's Felt
Louise has made this stunning felted piece using a mountain of brightly coloured woollen strips. It is very eyecatching and you can tell by the look on Louise’s face that she is very pleased with the result. It does look amazing.

Ruth’s Scarf

Ruth's Scarf
Ruth is one of our newest members.  She normally comes along on a Tuesday and is learning to spin.  This week, Ruth decided to pop in to the felting day.  Here she is with a beautiful white on white, Nuno felted scarf.  Ruth’s first go at it and how lovely it looks on her.
by Lyn A.