Gary Sheen is a retired engineer who worked in three dimensional design and construction. He developed a fibre business with his partner, Kristen Ashley, a high school art teacher, as a result of falling in love with felting.
Although his mother was a crafter, he grew up a city boy in Newcastle and had no experience of fibre animals until he went to a Tocal Field Day 10 years ago. After walking the Inca trail in Peru the following year, he bought a pair of alpacas. Within two years the flock had increased to 65 suri alpaca. If he had realised that Huacaya fleece is easier to process . . . . Now he has reduced his flock to 25 with one Huacaya male.
He had a stockpile of 200Kg of fibre when the alpaca industry collapsed. Then Kristen gave him a felting workshop for a birthday present and he fell in love with felt. And he had the fibre to make lots and lots of hats. He has made and sold at least 350 cloche hats in the last three years but still has a stockpile of fibre. Plus he has added other fibres and yarns to his stash. Adding merino to alpaca makes it easier to felt. Mohair yarns make lovely accents. And when you are making articles to sell, it makes sense to buy wholesale, in bulk. This leads to a serious stash. The obvious solution is to share it with other fibre devotees. Hence, his business, FelfFine has developed.
Aim: To give the joy of weaving particularly to the disadvantaged or handicapped
The deadline for the Freda Neale grant for 2013 has been extended until the end of June.
Applicants must be financial members of the Guild but the grant need not be distributed to that member/s: it may be applied to another person/group.
The applicant must submit a written proposal for a specific project. Any topic in the fibre field may be proposed but weaving will be favoured. Applications must be received by June 30. The recipient/s will be selected by a reviewer who is not a member of the Guild. Proposals not accepted may be resubmitted in following years.
By the end 2014, the recipient/s is required to arrange to share the results of receiving the grant with the Guild.
For more information and Grant Application Guidelines:
Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild of NSW Inc, PO Box 578, Burwood, NSW 1805, 9745 1603, firstname.lastname@example.org
After eight very happy, successful years at the Turpentine Tree, Kurrajong Handspun Crafts Inc will host the Back to Back at a new venue:
2570 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin (next to Bilpin Hall)
Parking will be in the grounds of Bilpin hall with a walkway to all the action. This 50 acre farm, owned by Sean and Manoo, provides organic produce for their restaurant, Sean’s Panaroma in Bondi.
As part of the celebrations of Canberra’s centenary, the Textiles Workshop at the ANU School of Art is working with members of the Canberra community and tapestry artists from all over the world, to weave a large scale tapestry designed by ACT textile artist Annie Trevillian.
As well as the main community tapestry which is being woven in Canberra, there is an opportunity for individuals or groups to weave tapestries and send to then Canberra to be exhibited with the Centenary Tapestry in the Legislative Assembly for the ACT Gallery. These tapestries will be returned to their makers and will commemorate the Centenary in personal collections across the country/world.
Yarn-bombing is a global craze which is much like graffiti for people who would not ordinarily break the rules.
It has reached Adelaide and popped up most recently in the hills town of Stirling.
Hundreds of school children, scouts, craft club members and individuals spent hours creating knitted and crocheted works to display outside the Coventry Library.
“I knew it would really spark the imagination of the community up here. I just knew it’s the sort of thing our community would really enjoy,” said children’s librarian Jo Kaeding.
She helped organise the yarn-bombing display as part of the Adelaide Fringe festival.
November 1933. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Beulah Ogle preparing warp for weaving at the Pi Beta Phi School. She is a new weaver at the school and lives on a mountain farm. Another example of Lewis Hine’s post-newsie oeuvre. Large format nitrate negative, National Archives.
Fibre artist Lia Cook talks about her jacquard loom. Lia is a featured artist in the Crossroads episode, premiering on PBS starting 16 November 2012.
Lia Cook has been at the forefront of the intersection of craft and art, where she has recently melded techniques of 18th c. Jacquard weaving with an inquiry into brain functioning, thus combining the most basic manual technology with contemporary technology and scientific practice. Her unusual mix of old and new has garnered her international recognition.
For more information, see Craft in America.
Do you have a yen to learn to spin? Begin Spinning 01 will teach you to spin a balanced 2-ply yarn and more in just four lessons on 14 March, 21 March, 8 April and 22 April 2018. You can book online. The course will sell out quickly. This course would make a fantastic gift for you or a friend.
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