Saturday, 20 January 2018

Colourful Children's Cardies

These are the latest colours of one year old cardies I have for sale.  They are bright and colourful and each have a pocket for those special treasures children love to gather.  The sizing is generous.
They are priced at NZ$50.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Shoulder Shawl

Despite the hot weather here at the moment, I have knitted this lovely Shoulder Shawl.
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

Embroidery Project - Moss Covered Gate

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

Lichens Make a Great Embroidery Project

Outside my window the fence is looking very productive after recent rains.
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

Fingerless Gloves - Colourful & Warm made from New Zealand Wool & Alpaca

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
Email for more details

Thursday, 24 November 2016

NZ Knitting Wool in Invercargill

Knitting Wool in Invercargill
New 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

No 1 is long colour repeats of Merino. Alpaca & Soyabean.  It is 245 mtrs long and weighs 141 gms.  $32.30
No 2 Long colour repeats of Pink/Purple Merino  & Silk.  It weights 107 gms and is 214 mtrs long $26.80
2nd Row Short colour repeats of  Pink, purple, apricot & is Merino/& Silk. It weighs 103 gms & is 193  mtrs long $25.80
No 4 is a single of Merino/Mohair/Silk with long colour repeats.  It weighs 91 gms and is 275 mtrs long $23.70

An example of some of the Handspun Natural colours of wool in my store.
Some are single skeins, but also available are several skeins of the same colour.
Cost $14 / 100 gm

These wools are not only available from my store, but I do mail order and will send to other countries as well

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Silk Yarn for Weaving

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