Sunday, 14 January 2018
It is made with my handspun yarn (Wool, Alpaca, Silk blend) plied with a very fine silk thread. It was then dyed as a self striping yarn of about 20 metres of each colour. I began with a pattern that started with 3 stitches and increasing each side. I decided that I wanted to change the design and began with 35 stitches instead to make it fit around back of neck. Because the yarn had definite colour changes, I added 2 rows lace to make the transition between colours softer. It was finished off with a 4 chain crochet edging with beads inserted.
I enjoyed this project and I think there might be some more self striping yarn dyed in the near future.
Thursday, 4 January 2018
This embroidery was created from a photograph taken by Tony Maheno Photography.
He has given me permission to use it.
I copied the photo onto fabric, outlined the gate and post, cut it out and stitched them onto a background silk fabric with a light felt padding under them. I then embroidered over the colours to create a textured look to depict the weathered look of the old gate
The picture below gives a close up of the detail. It was an enjoyable project and I plan to do more similar to this
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Another photo taken in Queens Park shows a different aspect of moss and lichens
How often we dismiss the small details of our surroundings, but the camera really picks up the beauty of our lichens.
This sort of photo inspires me to try to reproduce the shapes and textures of the lichens on rocks in embroidery. It is a great exercise to explore various stitches to create these textures.
Friday, 12 May 2017
With winter coming in New Zealand, I have been busy making these interesting Fingerless Gloves
Each pair is unique, and are made from NZ wool, MZ Alpaca and either Silk, Soyabean Fibre or Banana fibre.
They are great to wear and would make a lovely gift. Cost $30 NZ
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Thursday, 24 November 2016
Knitting Wool in InvercargillNew Zealand wool is sought after, and I sell various styles of handspun and hand dyed wool.
Below are an example of the some of the NZ Knitting wools I have in my store
These colourful skeins are a mixture of Merino, Alpaca and another fibre such as Silk, Bamboo or Soyabean Fibre.
They are lovely soft colourful yarns suitable for scarves etc.
Each skein is unique and as they are hand made, are not available anywhere else
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Latest products I have been dyeing are the 8/2 Silk yarn for Weaving and Knitting
The Random Dyed Colours look stunning when used in your projects.
It is a similar weight to #5 Cotton
Combine them with a plain colour ( as below) and you will truly see the colours respond to that design feature. These are the new colours I have been dyeing recently,
These silks are very reasonably priced. Email me if you would like to know more at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
The random coloured wool is from one of my dyeing days. I sell the random dyed yarns in my store and like to combine them with plain coloured yarns to make an interesting garment.