For the classic round pom pom, I found the technique I learnt in primary school still works the best- two circles of card, or similar, with a hole in the middle- my experiments with commercially available 'pom pom makers' made shaggy or slightly rectangular pom poms.
Now what to do with a room full of pom poms??
These beautiful kangaroo paws are the inspiration for my new series of knitted felted neckpieces. Hand felting gives them the slightly fuzzy edges that are characteristic of the real flowers. My next challenge- perhaps a larger version, kangaroo paw scarf?!
This is my latest craft project, a birthday gift for a bird lover! The base of the lamp was hand made by the lovely people at Studio Australia in Wagga Wagga. The shade uses fabric that I designed and hand screen printed and have been saving for just the right project. The repeat pattern of the fabric features an image of my cockatiel surrounded by bird seed and seemed appropriate as the crowning glory for this cockatoo!
I collected my purchase of this beautiful scarf by Manon Asarfi from the Scarf Festival. She says: "The colours and circles remind me of falling leaves in autumn in the forest where my parents live, a tiny country town in the Netherlands". I am looking forward to wearing this lovely piece of the forest!
My first attempt at knitting with 2 sets of double pointed needles. After an infuriating afternoon of not understanding the instructions and making it more complicated than necessary, I finally worked it out! Now I might be able to try one of Loani Proir's more exciting designs for keeping my teapot cosy
I am a textile artist based in Melbourne Australia. In another life, I ran a florist shop "Rare Petals". Both crafts take some inspiration from ancient Japanese techniques- my flower shop concentrated on ikebana, and my current craft practice explores shibori, in particular on knitted felt. Please contact me for orders or commissions or just leave a comment- thank you for visiting.