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!