Posts Tagged ‘Scrumble’

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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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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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Ta Da!!!!!

October 31, 2010

The day has arrived. The scrumbling challenge has been met.  I have finished my blue days throw rug.  Break out the champagne.  It’s just over a year since I started, and it has become quite an obsession over the couple of months … more than likely because it has been sitting laid out on our pool table in our main living area constantly beckoning me to have a play.  And, of course, I couldn’t just walk past day or night it without doing something … a little sew in there … at little piece to knit/crochet for a tiny section there … a little rearrangement everywhere.   The final measurement is approx 180cm x 140cm with an irregular border.  And now it’s finished. We have our pool table back (yay says the 17 year old) and I can rug up warmly even though its nigh on summer here.

What’s next?

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Scrumble Scrumble Scrumble

September 21, 2010

Haven’t written much lately because I have been busy finishing off a few projects to get them off my plate.  Exciting news is that there is a new craft gallery “Open Drawer” opening within the next month in my area and I have also been getting my submissions together for their retail space and the gallery space and … excitement abounds … I’ll also be teaching freeform knitting/crochet on a regular basis which will be wonderful.  More when the gallery actually opens. In the meantime, I’ve been scrumbling away again on my blue days throw rug in an effort to make some progress – I keep telling myself it would be really fantastic to have it completed for the opening of the new Gallery, but I’m not convinced I can do it.  Let’s see how well I can focus my efforts.   Given that the theme for this piece seems to be round motifs, I get a little ahead of myself so that I can just incorporate them as needed into my scrumbles.  In this image there are some spirals, mushrooms, bullions and a couple of knitted circular pieces as well.

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Scrumbling Workshop

September 10, 2010

Last Friday I spent the day teaching freeform knitting/crochet to a wonderful bunch of ladies at Wondoflex Yarn Craft Centre in Malvern (Victoria). It was a big day and they worked very hard to create their first freeform scrumbles.  I bet they were exhausted.  It’s always surprising quiet in my classes … there is so much to learn in not nearly enough time and so everybody has their heads down. Last week we really only scratched the surface but  I am hoping that they enjoyed their first taste and are now on the way to a love affair with freeform – and planning their first freeform bag or a rug, garment or other wonderful freeform art piece.