My Fibrecraft

Knitting is one of my earliest memories – my mother taught me to knit before I began school – such was my passion to learn this craft.  I have never stopped knitting from that early age and the passion only proves to drive me on.  Sewing is another craft which I learned by my mother’s knee and I was treadling the Singer sewing machine well before the age of five years.

I learned to spin my own yarn on a drop spindle not long after the birth of my first son – 1979.  Two pet (coloured) sheep provided all the fleece I could spin and this eventuated in the purchase of my first spinning wheel – a New Zealand wheel called a Carousel.  I have since added two Sickenger spinning wheels to my collection.  My most prized wheel is a Sickenger which is hand-made from Tasmanian Huon Pine.

Weaving, crochet, attting, button making, felting, paper making, soap making, quilting, patchwork, embroidery, longstitch, cross stitch, etc have all phased themselves into my craft journey – yet there is so much more I wish to acomplish and seemingly so little time remaining!

Images below record my craft work since early 2015.

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Neck Scarf handknit in commercial wool - tulip pattern

Neck Scarf handknit in commercial wool – tulip pattern

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Long scarf handknit in handspun, natural coloured wool and alpaca

Long scarf handknit in handspun, natural coloured wool and alpaca

 

 

100 g handspun coloured wool roving

 

Hand-dyed wool roving ready to spin

Hand-dyed wool roving ready to spin

Shoulder Shawl - handspun, hand-dyed wool and silk

Shoulder Shawl – handspun, hand-dyed wool and silk

Slouchy Hat - hand woven on Zoom Loom in handspun, hand-dyed wool.  Squares crocheted together.

Slouchy Hat – hand woven on Zoom Loom in handspun, hand-dyed wool. Squares crocheted together.

Shoulder Wrap, hand-dyed and handknitted in handspun wool

Shoulder Wrap, hand-dyed and handknitted in handspun wool

Neck Shawl - handspun and handknitted in pure wool, commercially dyed

Neck Shawl – handspun and handknitted in pure wool, commercially dyed

Bolero - hand knitted in handspun, hand-dyed wool

Bolero – hand knitted in handspun, hand-dyed wool

Border Leicester fleece, natural coloured, over-dyed and processed using wool combs

Border Leicester fleece, natural coloured, over-dyed and processed using wool combs

Neck Scarf - handknitted in hand-dyed, handspun pure superfine wool

Neck Scarf – handknitted in hand-dyed, handspun pure superfine wool

Shoulder Shawl - handknitted in handspun (ready-dyed) wool and silk

Shoulder Shawl – handknitted in handspun (ready-dyed) wool and silk

Rug weaving on weaving sticks

Rug weaving on weaving sticks

Vest, handknitted in commercial 8ply wool

Vest, handknitted in commercial 8ply wool

Long Lace Scarf - handknit in fine commercial wool yarn

Long Lace Scarf – handknit in fine commercial wool yarn

Baby Matinee Jacket - handknit in commercial baby wool for new grandson

Baby Matinee Jacket – handknit in commercial baby wool for new grandson

Card Woven Band

Card Woven Band

Socks - handknit in hand-dyed wool

Socks – handknit in hand-dyed wool

Card Weaving on Inkle Loom

Card Weaving on Inkle Loom

Woven Squares in handspun and hand-dyed wool - woven on 4 inch Zoom Loom

Woven Squares in handspun and hand-dyed wool – woven on 4 inch Zoom Loom

Cable Baby Blanket - handknit in pure wool for new grandson

Cable Baby Blanket – handknit in pure wool for new grandson

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