Archive for the ‘Scrumbling’ Category

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OK … I am back!!!

October 7, 2016

Hot on the heels of the fantastic success of our Poppies in both Australia and Europe (and it’s still ongoing here I must admit).  I have a little (a very little) spare time on my hands to declutter.

And …. horror upon horror, I have decided to cull my yarn stash.  This was not a decision made lightly but there is SO much that I have collected over the last 20 years or so and I will NEVER use it … it’s a difficult thing, divesting oneself of one’s lovelies … but it’s got to be done.

So there is MUCH yarn to be sold off tomorrow at Open Drawer’s Destash Market, 1158 Toorak Road, Camberwell.  It is gorgeous … and because much of it is kinda unique yarn … a huge mix of specialty yarns in all the colours of the rainbow … I have separated it into packs suitable for freeform knitting/crochet, scarves, bags, jewellery, general yarn play.  It’s at bargain prices … I must admit to a little hesitation when it came to the really beautiful yarns but … someone somewhere will love it just as much as I do and find a use for it.

So come down to Open Drawer, from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. for a bargain.  There will be a few likeminded souls with lots of other crafty goodness on sale as well, fabrics, notions etc. A veritable feast for the crafters out there.

I have also committed to running a couple of Freeform knitting/crochet classes also at Open Drawer so you can learn to play with your new found yarny deliciousness … on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. … you can do one half day or two half days if you would like.  It will be an enormous amount of fun and a return to teaching for me.  I would love to see you.  You can book here if you would like, or you can book tomorrow at the Destash Market.

You will learn the importance of colour, texture and shape in freeform knitting, together with a range of basic freeform stitches and techniques to create your own freeform fabric plus some techniques for creating a wide range of items including garments, handbags, jewellery, hats and other items.

freeform-handbagsWe will be using small scraps of plain and specialty yarns, freeform knitting is the art of creating and combining small, disparate pieces of knitting and crochet (scrumbles) into a patchwork fabric of colour and texture. Your own unique piece of fibre art.

In this fun filled class, you will learn to let go of commercial patterns, and give your creative expression free reign.

You will need a moderate degree of skill in knitting, crochet (or both) and a willingness to play. You will work at your own skill level and pace in a small group of up to 8.

Hope to see you at Open Drawer tomorrow.

Love and hugs.

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

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Freeform Knitting : Prudence Mapstone

March 17, 2013

If you are a freeform knitter/crocheter … then you would surely know of Prudence Mapstone.  She is the Doyenne of freeform and I have posted about her before.  Her colour work (not to mention her knowledge of stitchery) is simply mind bogglingly beautiful, creative, so so so clever and really at the very top of the freeform tree.  It was Prudence who introduced me to freeform many years ago … and when I think back on it now … I remember how lucky I was to be able to spend a weekend workshop with only two other participants with Prudence in Hobart in the very early days.  What brings me to this reminiscing … I was just looking at Prudence’s blog which I haven’t for some time and notice that all of her books and patterns are now available for download … including her very famous book Serendipitous Design Techniques for Knitting & Crochet 2nd Edition  It’s worth a visit and perhaps a little indulgence me thinks.  I have all of her books … but this book is certainly by far the best book on Freeform that I have seen.   Enjoy the images below from Prudence’s work or do yourself a huge favour and go to her gallery and look at her work there.  Amazing!!!

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2013 Scarf Festival : National Wool Museum

December 10, 2012
Excitement abounds : the 2013 Scarf Festival theme has been announced by the National Wool Museum in Geelong (Victoria, Australia).

Home…

What does home mean to you?  How will you say it in a scarf?

For 2013 the National Wool Museum invites scarf makers from across the globe to answer a most heartfelt question – what is home? Whatever it means to you, however you define it, shape it and live it, this is your opportunity to create a scarf that explains, explores and explodes the myths and realities of what it means to belong.

So, pull up a comfy chair, make yourself a nice cup of tea, hop online and visit our home page for more information about how you can get your feet under the table and join in one of Australia’s most exhilarating textile competitions.

For those of you into creating beautiful textiles : felt, sew, knit, crochet, mixed media …. this is an opportunity to showcase your talents.

Visit the website for all the details on how to enter.

Love it.

The image below is from the 2012 Scarf Festival

2013 Scarf Festival Theme Announced

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Dear Blog … I Feel You’ve Been Neglected

March 25, 2011

Sometimes, life just gets in the way of blogging and that’s how it’s felt for me over the last couple of weeks. I have not done nearly enough knitting because firstly, someone introduced me to WORDS WITH FRIENDS.  If you are not familiar with WORDS WITH FRIENDS – it’s basically online scrabble.  Oh dear!!!!  And secondly.  I have started another blog – SCARF365 which is basically about scarves I covet, love or have loved.  I am a bit of a scarfaholic – plus I work for a scarf importer which feeds my addiction constantly.  I just love all things scarf … and this blog is not necessarily the right vehicle for sharing my love with you.  So – in order to feed my obsession … I am blogging about scarves that I deem to be special in some way, every (well almost) day for the next 365 days.  Some of them will be from where I work because they truly make the most amazing scarves in the world … and some are borrowed from other places (including my own stash).  Some are available for purchase (not through me – but if they are available – I generally note that on the post).  I should declare I have no monetary interest in any of the scarves I pick … but I do have a love interest.  mmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!

This tasty little morsel – which features on my new blog is from the Pink Project coordinated by freeform knitting guru Prudence Mapstone.

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Workshops are Locked In

February 11, 2011

Great news (at least for me) I have now locked in a couple of knitting/crochet workshops at Open Drawer in Camberwell.  On 27 March I will be running a FREE Crochet Coral Workshop – 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.  Bring your yarn to share with the group, crochet hooks and your own chair (would be great if you booked because we’d like to get an idea of numbers).  Drop in at any time during the day, it’s a very informal, fun, creative way to spend a day playing with yarn and chatting to like minded people. You can then donate your coral pieces to the Melbourne Satellite Reef Project for inclusion in their next Hyperbolic Reef Exhibition if you wish.

On Sunday 6/13/20 March I will be running a beginners knitting class (2 hours per week) covering all the basics including cast on, bind off, knitting basic stitches, increasing/decreasing and much much more.  And then, starting 28 April I will be running a Freeform Workshop. This will run 2 hours week over 8 weeks and at the end, you should have a really wonderful, unique piece of fibre art to show off.  Numbers are limited for both classes.



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Yarn Bombing

January 23, 2011

I have not posted for a while, busy with work, family, summer, tennis, cricket and enjoying for the most part the warmer weather and the longer days.  The hectic Christmas/New Year rush is long behind me.  Unfortunately, there has been far too little knitting, despite being very keen to get moving. I have put together outlines for a couple of knitting and freeform workshops to be held at Open Drawer this year and have managed to cobble up a few small pieces in my spare time – but nothing worth showing really.

However, that is all about to change. I have become very, very excited about a book that my sister-in-law stumbled across recently called Yarn Bombing by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain.  Yarn bombing is defined as the art of crochet and knit grafitti.  I think it’s like freeform on steroids and I really love the cheekiness of it as well as the the sense of fun (not to mention the incredible creativity).  It’s not at all destructive to other people’s property although it does change the look somewhat, however, it’s very easy to remove if someone does manage to take offence.  It would be unfortunate if it was deemed to be illegal, because it is clever, clever, clever and looks like soooooo much fun.  I am already planning my first installation.  I’ve attached a few images from the book (just to get your appetite whetted).  Let the fun begin.

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THE WORLD HAS CHANGED IRREVOCABLY …..

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 www.d-luxonline.com … 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.