Art yarn spinning granny stacks

I had a really quiet day yesterday at the Makers Workshop  so I though I would get spinning again. I haven’t had time lately and was keen to jump back onto the wheel. I decided to make some granny stacks from a rainbow single I had preciously spun. I love how the texture works and they are a nice change from the usual coils I spin. I think I will be doing plenty more of these cuties! These are from my Beautifully super soft Australian Superfine 18.5 micron Merino wool tops.

Art Yarns

Another busy week…

Some weeks just fly away and I often wonder where they actually go! This week is no exception to that rule. While I need to get onto some much needed hats, some of which are custom orders, I also have to be at the Makers Workshop Gallery again for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. So my thinking is that I will catch up on some much needed spinning. The only problem today was to decide what I will spin. Art Yarns or regular spins, still undecided so I have put some hand dye Tasmanian English Leicester lambs curls in and some black and white Merino tops to spin up. These are some I did recently.

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Hand dyed Australian Merino and English Leicester Lambs locks
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Hand dyed Australian Merino and English Leicester Lambs locks



Olive Oil Soap

I use olive oil soap for most of my felt making and after recently running out I enquired at a number of places around town to get some more. After repeatedly being told just to go online and order it because we only stock goat soap now I did just that out of shear desperation!  I was wandering happily around my favourite nursery today and as I was walking out with an arm full of plants I spotted a little display of Olive oil soap! yippee I can still get it locally.

Thank you Megan and the team at Riverview Nursery for keeping this great product. 29683140_1037249346427060_9035021554526066574_n


What a lovely chat we had!

A couple of days ago I was working away at the makers workshop in Burnie and a very nice lady stopped for a chat. Well that’s always a good enough reason for me to stop working and natter away. Not sure what topics we covered but it would have been anything fibre related and anything else we could come up with. After a little while she asked if she could take some pictures of my display and I causally mentioned to tag me in if it turns out Ok. I have just received this lovely picture from Cheryl. Thank you lovely lady.  Sally Feb 2018 Makers Burnie


Hand Dyed Yarns Now Available

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Posted by Felt Fibre Craft on Thursday, January 12, 2017


Hand Dyed Yarns

I have been quietly supplying a wonderful friend of mine some beautiful hand dyed yarns over the last 12 months. This little 12 month trial project has now been completed and I have decided to continue with some of the yarns. I will be carrying Australian Merino wool yarns in some wonderful types. All superbly made and then dyed right here by me 🙂 If you are after these yarns they are available from me directly or a select range from the Tasmanian Wool Centre in Ross Tasmania. Hand dyed Yarn

some of the regular styles I will have are

Sock yarn with 85% Australian Merino 19.5

micron and 15% nylon. This yarn is at the deluxe end of sock yarn and is just beautiful to knit.

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Run-up to Christmas




What an exciting, busy hectic time we have at this time of year. Usually we are running around with everything to do and rapidly running out of time before Christmas. Friends to meet, children to ferry to and fro, not to mention the shopping and work commitments to fit in around! I am no exception in this and some days just feel like I am in a world spinning around at a pace way too fast for anyone to keep up with.

So my plan for the next few weeks is to try and slow down to steady things and thoroughly enjoy the events of the festive season.  This doesn’t mean I will stop working!

Some of the projects I am keen on getting back into are some more serious art yarns. my intention is to wash and prep some of my beautiful Cormo fleeces I have been lucky to get my hands on earlier this year. I intend to make some wall hangings and yarns using only natural coloured fleeces. THISyarn is a beautiful website which I regularly admire and get loads of ideas and plenty of inspiration from.

So we hope you have a fun filled and happy Christmas with all the frantic, manic and crazy days in the festive season and into the New Year.

Santa will find you!


Weaving with Space

This image is also from the THISyarn website. Thank you Ashley and the team.



Tasmanian Craft Fair 2017

Next up for me is the Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine this week end.

I will be located loud and proudly Tasmanian in the Community complex inside Venue 5

Along with my regular range of beautiful felted bags and accessories I will be showing off some of my dyeing skills with a limited range of hand dyed yarns in Australian Merino, Alpaca, Kid Mohair and Silk. These are all limited in numbers and colour ranges so pop in and grab some while the last.

Dates for 2017 TCF

Dates:  Friday 3rd – Monday 6th November

Times: Fri, Sat, Sun: 9am-5pm  /  Mon: 9am-4pm

Note that Venues 3, 4 and 5 will be open until 6pm on Friday only.

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English Leicester Rare Bread Combed Wool Tops


Limited Quantities available

I am now able to supply these beautiful fibres.

These special combed wool tops are 100% Tasmanian Heritage English Leicester grown by non-mulsed, Rare Breed sheep from ASSBA flock No. 395 from Wanstead Park Campbell Town, in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania Australia. Scoured and combed for the grower in Victoria, the result is an elegant and lustrous fibre of long staple length suited to hand spinning and felting.

Whilst not as soft as Merino, if spun woollen style it will make lovely and durable sweaters, cardigans, vest etc. It is ideal for Aran style knitting with cables and twists accentuated by the lovely lustre for which English Leicester fibre is renown. If spun semi worsted and finely, it will suit laceweight shawls and wraps. The fibre hand dyes beautifully and is also excellent for knitted or crocheted articles fulled fo felt.

Typically the fibres measure 32-38 microns
Hand wash finished items.

As far as the growers can find out, no one has ever released Australian grown and processed English Leicester combed tops. We are so proud to be able to share with you this magic fibre processed in Victoria for us proudly grown, scoured and top made in Australia.

English Leicester sheep have bee farmed in Tasmania since the mid 1820’s.

Thank you for stopping buy.