Brooches for The Gathering

Anne Needle Felting
Anne is a great member of our various groups. She knows so much about fabrics, sewing, knitting, crochet and now she has begun needle felting. Anne was showing Linda in a one to one workshop how to needle felt leaves and gum nuts to make brooches. See the stash she has already made. Anne just loves doing this type of felting and loves even more showing others how to do it. She is steaming along with creating attendee gifts for The Gathering in 2016. Anne has only just learnt needle felting, and she is loving it. You can see by the look on her face. By Lyn.

What we did with our Fibre

wool creations

This is some of our beautiful mixture of dyed Alpaca, Mohair and Wool which the Tuesday group prepared a few weeks ago. The spinning and making of the garments has begun.
Left to right is our Raspberry Pie spun by Lyn, Aqua Sea spun by Lyn, Luscious Lavender spun by Naomi and Autumn spun and knitted by Vicky into a Scarf. What fun we had preparing it all and now the making into garments. Great times had by all and what a WOW factor of colours.
By Lyn.

Rhythmic Lode

Rhythmic Lode(Kimberley Series #1)
 The Kimberley landforms possess exceptional beauty and spirituality, much of which is hidden from the casual viewer.
 I have used hand-knitted textile pieces, which combine yarn and torn strips of fabric, to signify the rugged landscape. In contrast, the partially hidden ‘gems’ glow as they peep out from folds in the land.
 The richness of tone and texture helps convey the rhythm, abundant wealth and visual beauty of this place.  By Jenny.

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.

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.

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.

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.