Archive for ‘fleece’

October 31, 2012

Needlefelt workshops Winter 2012

Places still available at Made in Lewes, at the Needlemakers, on the following workshops

NEEDLE FELTED CHRISTMAS GARLAND
Wednesday 21st November from 7-9.30- £25.00 per person (2 places for £40.00)

Create your own eco friendly and unbreakable felt garland to decorate your tree or your door.
No previous experience required, suitable for all ages.
I will supply all the necessary ingredients, you bring imagination and enthusiasm!
We will be using Christmas shaped cookie cutters so if you have a special one please bring that too!

BUILD YOUR OWN SNOWMAN
Sunday 25th November 10am-3pm £48.00

Some experience beneficial but not essential! We will build a snowman/person using clean sheep wool. Use as a table decoration or place in the window. Knitting or crochet skills useful to make hat and scarf for snowman but not necessary.
All ingredients supplied but feel free to bring favourite yarn/needles.
There is a cafe on site but feel free to bring packed lunch.
Please email me knitwit95@gmail.com to book you place on any of the workshops. Or phone 07845143664.
Needlefelt decorations

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September 23, 2012

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012

Still reeling from the amazing event, this year over 7000 people made their way through the Corn Exchange to investigate all the fantastic goings on.
Last year I set up a make a ball event which was amazing, thinking I’d like let more visitors have a chance of learning to needlefelt I made over 100 balls thinking it would be fun (and quick) just to decorate the balls. Super Hero’s seemed like a good theme and thanks to my son the table looked amazing, covered in super hero posters there was lots to inspire everyone. I had made a few samples too.
With 3 volunteers we used up all the balls by the end of the day and had inspired many youngsters as well as quite a few not so young! I couldn’t have done it alone, my volunteers were literally thrown in at the deep end as I wasn’t quite myself having had a melanoma removed from my face just 2 days before! I was supposed to be resting!
I was staying in a little B & B in Kemp Town so had to get a taxi to take my huge box and just as big suitcase to the Corn Exchange where helpful volunteers were ready and waiting. All through the day we were plied with fresh water and a well received lunch.
Once again there was no let up, people just kept on coming! Needles kept on breaking, a few injuries were sustained (some from my helpers?) but the fun kept on happening!
Too pooped for the after party I caught the bus back to the B & B and ate my breakfast cereal before collapsing in a heap!
Thoughts for next year on a postcard please……
Ready & waiting
The one's Esther made earlier
Helen's cat

August 23, 2012

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 8th Sept

I’m preparing like mad for this years’ extravaganza in the Corn Exchange, Brighton. With over 50 interactive maker stalls, including mine, it is shaping up to be bigger and better than last year. Last year we made felt balls, this year I’ve made the balls which visitors will decorate in the likeness of their favourite super hero or anyone else! Comics will be available to use as inspiration.
Free entry to all, some workshops will be free but mine will cost a little. I will also have bags of fibre and spare needles to purchase.
My little car is being used to dry all the washed fleece that I need to make them as well as the balls. I think there are about 50 in there so far.
I have had a go at decorating my own ball, not sure what it’s supposed to look like but I had fun doing it anyway! I’ve called him ‘Felt Man’
First effort for BMMF

August 5, 2012

Introducing Stumpy the octopus

As a special favour to my eldest son I created this second octopus for someone he knows in Florida. It will be part of a nautical inspired and themed nursery for a special little boy.
Over 80 buttons are sewn on to him so he’s not a ‘toy’ suitable for a little one but future mini octopi will be.
I called him stumpy because one of his legs is shorter and fatter than the others. He is sitting on my handmade rug/chair cover woven with Cheviot fleece.
Stumpy

July 20, 2012

My entry for the Rare Breed show on Sunday

Finished in record time, I’m usually still knitting the night before the show. I spun up and plied 108m of Jacob wool into a DK weight yarn for the basket of this tea cosy and odds ‘n’ ends of dyed Wensleydale for the crocheted flowers. Sewing the 30 or so flowers on was time consuming but then when you spin the yarn to make something it does take time! I have many vintage knitting patterns and this was really appealing, I changed it slightly and crocheted the flowers rather than make them with the tool it recommended. Voila, one very sweet tea cosy for a little tea pot! Guaranteed to keep the tea hot!
Flower basket tea cosy
Flower basket tea cosy

October 22, 2011

Teeswater curly locks for Blythe doll hair

The beautiful fleeces I purchased in Yorkshire are in the process of being transformed into lustrous colourful locks. It’s time consuming, washing the fleeces but what a transformation! I’m especially loving the way the Teeswater morphs into these amazing spirals.
I’ve dyed about 8 different batches now, the falling leaves and pewter have to be my favourites so far, although the Barbie pink locks have been popular with Blythe doll collectors. I had never heard of Blythe dolls until a lady in Thailand purchased some locks and I inquired as to what she was going to do with them (I’m nosy I know). Anyway she sent me pics of the first doll to be re-rooted and she was so cute I could see why they are collected around the world. My pink curls made for stunning ‘hair’.
The washed and undyed curls of the Masham will make great beards for Santa and the natural black Wensleydale will be great for felted gnomes. It’s great when buyers show me what they have done with the fleece, I have a better understanding then of their needs.
Of course all the locks can be spun into a worsted yarn or woven on a peg loom or tapestry frame.
Barbie pink
Goldilocks

September 28, 2011

Masham sheep fair roundup

Home again in sunny Sussex and just about recovered from the long drive. Pat did the short hops between Steeton and Masham and left the motorway bits to me. We took several scenic detours during the trip, so glad we did as we always found amazing places and met lovely people who put us back in the right direction.
The weather was kind except it rained on Sunday morning while the Morris men did their thing. A fabulous troupe of dancers called The 400 Roses managed to continue through the rain too, they were amazing, check them out, Tribal fusion is how they describe themselves and it was well worth getting wet for.
There were many highlights throughout the trip but for me seeing fantastic Teestwater sheep and Masham sheep at Ilton topped it all off, that was the icing on the cake. Willis drove us around his farm showing us all his beautiful sheep.
Masham Sheep fair is well worth the effort to get there and everyone we met showed us a very warm welcome, we were sad to return but vowed to return next year.
Beautiful sheep at Ilton
Fusion dancing troupe 400 Roses

September 11, 2011

Masham Sheep Fair 24th and 25th Sept 2011

This fair promises to be the highlight of my year. To date, the Brighton Mini Maker Faire is far and away the best event of the year for me but I’m really looking forward to getting away from it all and having a mini holiday with my friend Pat. Now Pat is not a spinner and is not into wool at all so this may come as a bit of a shock to her. We are sharing the driving, I’ve probably not driven that far since I drove from Arizona to Tennessee a millenium ago but I’m up for the challenge, and so is Pat. I intend to enter Jacko the giant pumpkin in the competition, there is a class for an interior design article, I think he qualifies!
For more info about the fair check out
http://www.mashamsheepfair.com/

August 26, 2011

Giant pumpkin is complete-meet him at Middle Farm this weekend

Well it’s taken a couple of months and quite a lot of wool but now it’s finished at last and I can reveal it in all it’s glory. He will make his first live appearance at Middle Farm this weekend.
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Come and say hello!