My entry for the 2012 Scarf Festival at the Geelong Wool Museum is finally complete and in the mail on its way to the exhibition. After investing in a huge 15 litre dye pot that was big enough to submerge the scarf in dye and simmering for 40mins, the real hard work started as I hand felt all my work. This was not helped by my tiny kitchen with no room for the 3.5m+ length!! After felting, the scarf measures 290cm- so is still long enough to wrap up in a soft bubbly cloud of colour. The exhibition runs from 16th of June until 2nd of September- put it in your diary!!
After regretting the amount of colour changes that needed so many ends to be sewn in, the real work of tying all the bubbles began- now two weeks and 775 marbles later, my very long scarf is ready for the dye pot!!
I have some small people coming to visit for Easter- so instead of supplying them with a mountain of chocolate- I turned to my back catalogue of crafty ideas and found a 1973 copy of Busy Needles Magazine -"What to make and how to make it" - with these felt chicken egg cosies. Although I had to hand sew everything as I didn't have double sided interfacing and my sewing machine is being temperamental. They do sit nicely on their egg cups even if the egg is chocolate one!
I have started my entry for this year's Scarf Festival-
"The Journey"...."From Sunshine to Cape Schanck".
At the moment it is very long and very stripey with many ends to weave in before I can start the real work of tying it ready for the dye pot and lastly the felting.
Scarves will be displayed at the Geelong Wool Museum from June 16th.
Time to get knitting!!
This is my latest project- not in the studio at all- but a brand new vegetable garden!!. The little seedlings managed to survive the extreme heat of the weekend and now just need to stand up to any roaming kangaroos, cows, birds and cabbage moths!!
Meet my new neighbours!!
These beautiful Rosellas have been feasting on the hawthorn berries surrounding my verandah. My cockatiels feel they have to answer the wild rosella's calls and have screeched for all of the last 2 days! I'm hoping the bird chorus will end before the berries do!!!
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.