Saturday, May 19, 2012

wool haul!

We went to one of my favourite places this morning - Bellatextiles!  Bella is gorgeous - Anita thinks that we're very similar, and to be honest, I'd love to be just like Bella in 20 years' time ;)

Bella has a studio and shop in a very tucked-away block in Seaview Downs, South Australia.  She owns quite a few floor looms, and she tells us that she also has one at home (which is nearby) in case she feels like weaving in the middle of the night ;)  At the moment she's madly weaving for the next Bowerbird Bazaar design fair in July.  She sells a lot of Ashford products in her shop, as well as other wools for spinning, weaving and knitting.

Today was fabulous, as we met an elderly couple who were selling mohair/alpaca wool that the gentleman had spun!  It was so gorgeous and soft that I just had to buy a skein - spun by Ted, hand-painted by Bella:


I also buy my dread wool from there - my next colours are royal blue and hot pink.  I already have hot pink leftover, so wanted some blue - I found this gorgeous Ashford merino/silk blend, which will probably be awful to felt into dreads ... but it's so beautiful!  (there's Frankie on the left, trying to get into the bag :P)


I also needed some black wool for dreads, and also found some black 2 ply for tapestry weaving!  Much cheaper than getting the small cones from ATW, since I have so much black in my large design ;)


Anita found some gorgeous hand-painted yarn for socks, and maybe a jumper for Lily - the wool is from a local farm who have Finnsheep.


And she also bought Lily a cool hat that Bella had woven - yes, it's woven on a rigid heddle loom!  Instead of hiding the warp ends, she left them hanging out, kinda like a mohawk hat!




And last but not least, Anita bought a very old 80s knitting book - bad hairdos aside, it's a very handy reference book!


Though I think that Anita could get away with the bat-sleeved jumper on the right ;)


PHEW - what a haul! 

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  1. WOW. So much wool yarn! :)
    I love mohair, so soft. I just wanna roll around in it. ;)

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    1. I know, total yarn pr0n!! ;)
      You would totally love the feel of the merino/silk blend - so gorgeous!

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  2. Michelle, Check out Ceres gallery NY, they ask for women artists to exhibit. My biologicals disqualify me.

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    1. Ooooo, will do - thanks for the tip! I would definitely think of exhibiting cross stitch stuff - tapestry won't be up to scratch for a while yet ;)

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    2. I had a look at their site - it would definitely be worth while becoming member ... will have to work on my one-off pieces in order to be included in future exhibitions - thanks again!

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  3. So many nice products!! I made my dreads of wool I got from a friends sheeps and dyed them with haircolour. I've been thinking of making dreads in other colours as well, I have a whole sack in the basemet filled with wool.
    Lily is looking so cute in her hat. :)

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    1. OMG, a whole sack of wool, how awesome!!! Do you spin?

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    2. No,I've never tried it but been thinking about it. I've also have thoughts about trying to felt it and maybe mixing it with fabric. I have some ideas going on in my head but too little time to try everything. :-)

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    3. Oh, that sounds like a fantastic idea! Come on, give it a go - I never let time get in the way of anything, haaha! :)

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