Archive for the ‘Machine Needle Felting’ Category


While Our Guitar Gently Weeps

July 2, 2012

Very excited today … the 2012 International Freeform Challenge is finally up. The theme for this years challenge was to interpret a piece of art or music incorporating some knit or crochet into the piece. My sister-in-law Marg and I love to collaborate on this challenge … We seem to push each other on the creative aspects a bit which we both love … Not to mention the one or two glasses of red that usually accompanies our creative process.  Our piece is a tribute to our love of Beatles music with a Daliesque twist and based on an art piece by Rolph at Deviantart. It incorporates hand felting, machine needle felting, knitting and crochet.

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Making Stuff

December 3, 2010

Although freeform knitting is absolutely my favourite medium –  having completed my blue days throw – which was quite a major project, I have been looking for something else to play with while I regroup – so I’ve been making stuff.  I really love playing with all sorts of fibre and one of the little things I do is make brooch pins.  They are made out of just about any fibre (including paper) and either embellished or stitched depending on my mood.  So here are a couple of images of some of the things I make – they are a lot of fun and use up little scraps of fabric and fibre including some hand made felt scraps that I had lying around.  I make them for the local craft gallery Open Drawer in Camberwell Victoria Australia.



November 11, 2010

My most favourite fashion accessories label d-lux has finally gone online.  Now you can buy your next favourite scarf 24/7 for delivery to almost anywhere in the world. Woohoo?

If you want to look at the new d-lux site (eye candy) visit … and they have a prize draw if you sign up for their e-newsletter before Christmas.  Maybe you’ll get an early Christmas pressie!!!

Click on the image below for a better look … and spread the word far and wide.


My Scrumbling Week

October 1, 2010

I have had a wonderful week this week.  On Monday I delivered a load of handmade bits and pieces to a Open Drawer, a new craft gallery opening up in Camberwell in a couple of weeks.  I also delivered the first finished batch of our Pubknitters squares blankets and a few other bits and pieces to our chosen charity – Impact for Women (womens refuge in East Bentleigh). Then on Tuesday I spent the day sorting crochet coral (and being constantly amazed by how clever some people are) for the forthcoming Melbourne Satellite Reef Project.  In between times I’ve done a couple of days of paid work and put some time into my other knit/crochet projects including my Blue Days Throw Rug. Honestly, who has time to work, let alone do the housework and get some exercise in. There are just not enough hours in the day or days in the week.  However, despite my great week, it has not quite made up for a rather dismal day last Saturday when my team drew in the AFL Grand Final – I was at the game and it was a very weird end to a really brutal match … now we all (players and supporters) have to go back and do it all again tomorrow for the replay.  GO PIES!!!  Below are a few of my “POD” machine felted brooch pins which will be available at Open Drawer when it opens in a couple of weeks (I’ll post details soon).


Winners are Grinners!!!

June 20, 2010

And I am definitely grinning from ear to ear because my blue felted scarf has won “Best Felted Scarf” at  the 2010 Reflections Scarf Festival at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria.  So I’m very, very excited.  The piece is called “Circles” and it’s machine felted with my very favourite toy – the Babylock Embellisher, using gorgeous Colinette  point5 (slubby wool) in lapis (such an amazing colour) which I bought at Sunspun in Canterbury, Victoria. The Scarf Festival showcases an extremely eclectic collection of the most beautiful hand crafted scarves from all around Australia,  and is on now until July 25th – definitely worth a visit for lovers of fibre art. Here is an image of the winning piece, plus a couple of images of my buddies Pennie, Maryanne, Margaret and I adding to the communal scarf at the festival.


2010 Scarf Festival

May 30, 2010

It’s nearly time for the 2010 Scarf Festival being held this year again at the National Wool Museum in Geelong (Victoria, Australia).  I have entered a whopping six scarves … got a bit carried away on my babylock embellishing machine with some of Martas Yarns hand dyed slubby wool.  Sadly Marta has left us and there is not much of her beautiful hand dyed multi coloured wool available anymore although you can still get your hands on some at the Thread Room.  But I count myself very lucky to still have a small stash, and so I love creating new pieces with it.  The intense blue piece is actually done with a Collinette Colourway slubby wool in lapis which I found at Sunspun in Canterbury Road Canterbury.  The other two pieces are neckwarmers knitted on round needles from my stash and embellished with a crochet brooch.  I will be running a neckwarmer/brooch workshop at Textile Artistry in Dromana on Friday 18 June.