Thursday, December 20, 2012

One down...

Just for fun...
I adapted a knitting pattern for a Snowy Owl to hand felt a cushion for my niece's toddler son and relatively new daughter.

To do ...

A selection of projects awaiting completion over the Summer break, includes dyeing and sewing.

At the headland...

Hand felted merino wool scarf on hand dyed tissue silk.

PBS logo in hand felted wool

At our local school, the core values which we try to instill and model, of the Personal Best for Success Program, are the above.

To complete the year, a group of us contributed to the completion of the logo, in hand felted merino wool, which can be used as a rug or hang on the wall.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Centenary of Canberra, 2013

Hand felted merino wool on tissue silk, dyed with the leaves, buds and flowers of a red flowering eucalypt collected in Lyneham, ACT. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"On the Terrace" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec ( from Google images ) and the beret I made inspired by the picture - hand felted merino wool with crocheted mohair yarn rose.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Natural dyeing with Prunus leaves

Fine cotton muslin, premordanted with soya milk, bundled and wrapped around a metal pipe, then heated in a cast iron pot. Fringing for an organic finish.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Now available in Canberra

Lightweight yet extremely warm, the hand felted fine merino wool and tissue silk scarves will be a welcome addition to your winter wardrobe.

This one was bundled with dried Eucalyptus cinerea leaves wrapped around an iron rod and simmered in a cast iron pot which both act as mordant and add the grey colour.
 Detail: E. cinerea

This scarf is of hand felted tissue silk with fine merino wool border and design features. It was bundled with dried skins and ends of the red onion to give colours ranging from pink through purple and orange. It was also simmered with iron acting as the mordant.
Detail: Red Onion

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lightweight Scarves for Sydney

Detail of hand felted fine merino wool and tissue silk, hand dyed with the leaves, twigs and buds of the Eucalyptus cinerea.
 Large scarf dyed with E. cinerea.

Detail of hand felted fine merino wool and tissue silk, hand dyed with the leaves of the Liquid Amber tree.
Liquid Amber leaves drying before dyeing.
Large Scarf dyed with Liquid Amber leaves. Tissue silk ruffle on the left hand side.

Leave a comment with your email address if you would like to know where these two new pieces will be available next week in Sydney.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Gujurat by Rail

Highly commended in the Best Use of Colour in a Scarf at the Melbourne Scarf Festival which opened last weekend at the Geelong Wool Museum.

To see the winners go to:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Rama's Crown

Hand felted merino wool.
Size: medium.

From this...

 Leaf litter of Japanese maple and apple.

Add to hand felted tissue silk and fine merino wool scarf.
And you get this.

More detail.

Now available in Sydney along with a narrow, hand felted tissue silk and fine merino scarf, hand dyed with red onion skins.

Monday, May 28, 2012

At the 'wood

Forest Floor is a unisex scarf hand felted in merino wool with mohair.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Opening

Leaving a Trace - Blackwood created some interest at the opening of the Rapt in Felt Exhibition. There was some discussion of the texture created by the use of a mixture of silk and wool roving on a tissue silk backing, as well as the fine weight of the fabric.

This piece sold during the exhibition.

Thanks to Kelly, Leslie, Lisa and Sarah for traveling some distance to share in the excitement.

It was great to meet up with friends, Martine and Michelle, not seen for too long.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For the Bazaar

Oak and Walnut is a hand felted merino wool and tissue silk scarf which was first bundled and dyed with fallen oak leaves and later immersed in a dye bath of soaked black walnuts.

It will be available in the Bazaar at the Rapt in Felt Exhibition next weekend in Canberra.

Rapt in Felt Fashion Parade

This jacket, hand felted with merino wool, a selection of polyester fabrics and crochet cotton squares, will be shown in the Fashion Parades at the Rapt in Felt Exhibition on Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27th May at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra.

Individual pieces of felted fabric were pieced together to create the garment in a workshop with Kitty Chung O'Kane from Melbourne.

It was a pleasure to see neighbours, Gail, Maggie and Sandra who came to view the exhibition and fashion parade on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Torsos and Art for Preschool Hearts

Child's Poncho ( Size 4 -6 ) in hand felted merino wool on tissue silk.

Braidwood Preschool Fundraising Event

Torso Exhibition and Auction

The Albion

Friday 11 May 2012, 7 - 8.30pm

Friday, April 27, 2012

Rapt in Felt Annual Exhibition and Bazaar, 2012.

Pollen Grains is a medium-sized hat, hand felted in a design of pollen grains of the Monterey Pine, with air sacs to assist wind dispersal for propogation. It is a combination of fine and coarse merino wool.


It will be on display at "Metamorphosis", the annual members' exhibition of the Canberra Region Feltmakers at the CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Black Mountain, ACT.

Julie Ryder, Textile Artist and Designer, will open the exhibition at 7pm on Wednesday 23rd May which will be open from Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th from 10am to 4pm daily. The Bazaar will also be open at these times.

Fashion Parades of members' work will be held at 12.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Such an enjoyable day...

We made hats, bags, a water bottle holder, a headband and even a vest!
There were some great examples of clever use of design and colour.
Well done, everyone!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Feltmaking With Lis Mertens

Working with a resist.
A resist is used in felt making to create a seamless 3D object such as a hat (or snood!), a bag or a water/wine bottle cover.

Learn how to make your choice of one of the above in this workshop.

For information regarding the workshop, leave a comment with your contact details.

This workshop is full.

Hand felted Mothers Day Bunting

School Holiday Workshop April 2012.

with Lis Mertens


Little Finch
Wallace Street, Braidwood.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Soon at the 'wood

Detail of wrap/large scarf.

As well as the large scarf/ wrap, you'll find a hat and unisex scarf in shades of green in which to wrap yourself against the cooler weather.

the 'wood Photographic Studio and Gallery
Wallace Street,
Braidwood 2622