Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Longtime in the Making

The completion of a project gives the maker a sense of accomplishment. The from the sheep's back basket has been in the making for 30 years. I'm serious. A transfer from Sydney to Deniliquin in 1980gave me an opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture and I did.

Women used the local materials for their creative spirits. Wool, wool and more wool. I learned that there were breeds of sheep each with different qualities. I was patiently taught to spin while being accepted into a new community.

Once I mastered the process of making string the fun began. Colour. Dyes came from everything trees, fungus, bugs, flowers and leaves. Simple recipe boil everything together with suggested chemicals called mordants. Adventuresome dyers over dyed grape leaves with mulberry. Used copper sulphate (blue jelly crystals what are poisonous) we've come a long way now we just use jelly crystals.

All the yarn knitted into this basic shape is from my learning to spin and dye days. It has been slumbering away in a suitcase. While sitting around after Christmas I started knitting a basket using my friend Kaite's http. // basic directions.

Step1 knit lots
Step2 felt lots or a little I went for mega felting
Step3 attach handles if not knitted before felting
The completed shape was determined by the varying yarns I had and how well the different breeds felted.

I now have a basket of memories. I will think of kind and talented women every time I use it. I am happy I completed this UFO.


Monday, January 25, 2010


You Invited To the Opening of  terry's new thread  a blog featuring my adventures in fibre.

I am currently doing a lot of quilting. Finishing UFO's and working on long term projects. BUT when it all gets too routine I break out into a bit of felting, knitting, spinning or just messing about.

The ball of strings are the off-cuts from the string blocks in my header. The blocks were eventually made into quilts for victims of the 2009 bushfires in Victoria.

Thanks for coming.