Monday, 28 February 2011

Handmade for Christchurch

A group of mothers established Handmade for Christchurch. Here is their Facebook page, and here is their information if you'd like to donate your hand work. (Don't click on the flier; I can't remember how to put a link to it.)

Here is their TradeMe (NZ eBay) page. For now only residents of New Zealand and Australia can bid, but they are working on an alternative PayPal option.

Donations will go to the Salvation Army and Women's Refuge.

If you'd like to help us spread the word, please feel free to copy the picture above and post, (I have their permission,) but please also attach at least one workable link.

Creative Fibre at Heritage Day, Brayshaw Park, Blenheim, February 6th 2011

Jan showing Inkle Weaving

by Chris Beech

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Teatowels, by Rose Pelvin

Finally the teatowels I started in October are finished. I did the hemming while on Grandmother duty in the school holidays. The warp and weft are both Nialin, 60% cotton, 40% linen - a yarn I really like for teatowels; it doesn't need anything more than a plain weave. The sett I use is 18 epi and I usually sley it 2, 1, 2, 1 in a 12 dent reed and the reed marks wash out. This time I had a 10 dent reed in so, instead of changing it, I sleyed it 2, 2, 2, 2, 1. You can see in the photo that the reed marks did not wash out this time, which gives it a bit of an interesting texture but I'm not sure I like it. It seems to be neither one thing or the other. At least I will have something to put on show on Heritage Day.

Waitangi Day Sunday 6 February is Heritage Day at Brayshaw Park where Marlborough Creative Fibre has its headquarters. It will be well worth a visit to have a look at what else goes on in the park as many local groups meet and carry out their activities there. If nothing else it will be an entertaining site to see us all dressed up in 1940s/50s gear. So come along and join in, "have a go" at a craft you may not have tried before, browse the crafts and also the produce and baking stalls and have a good day out.

by Rose Pelvin