the fibre sisters

Weave a Wild mobile with the fibre sisters

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Hands on workshops for children and parents at the Ipswich Festival 2013

Relax and weave a hanging piece with Textile artists AnnaMaria Mays, Dorothy Walsh and Mieke den Otter.
Create a hanging circle or crossed motive using a basic twist and weave.
Take it home and hang it inside or outside in a tree.

The workshop:

• Ideal under 2 shades with 2 tables and room to spread out under a tree
• time – flow through all day
• Participants – 15 at time (1piece each)
• No sew, no glue and non toxic
• Learn a new skill
• Equipment supplied children’s scissors
• Materials: dyed merino handspun woollen & other threads,
garden trash & feathers, cane & raffia

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…the National Folk Festival 2013 celebrated Canberra’s Centenary

Along the road we passed thriving fields of grain, drove through precipitation, investigated grave stones and piles of interesting resources along the roadside.

Front yards in country towns gave us new ideas for Ipswich street art.

We wandered the back garden of the National Gallery of Australia, inspired by the juxtaposition of magnificent eucalypts and bronze works.

The community arts where alive at the National Folk Festival with much fibre being manipulated for parade, making and experiencing with festival goers.

A traveling troupe of beanies from Alice Springs stole the show. Many where acquired by artists, musos and punters to support workshops in felt and crochet.

Colourful acts of cultural dance and acoustic music left your feet tapping.

The highlight of making music with fiddle, mandolin, button box, accordion, voice and cello in the ‘all day session bar’ was an experience not to be missed.
Folk music is still alive with story telling, activism, tradition and expression for young and old.

Jaap and I worked on the Clean Up crew to earn our ticket. A great way to come back down to earth…TRY IT!

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natures colours

Excited! we have 8 dyers and 3 gofers (not golfers) + 2 little kiddies coming.
Any Q’s give me a ring.
Ideas of fibre: old woolen jumpers/blankets, silk threads, linen or lace, cotton fabric (not big amounts but a variety to sample)
Ideas for dye source: eucalyptus leaves, onion skins, frozen flowers, tea
WARM clothes for night time
The cottage has cutlery/plates etc
Bring your harmonica!

Dyeing with eucalypts on protein fibre:

  • weight loosely tied skeins of fibre or fabric
  • collect at least twice the weight of the fibre
  • cut up the leaves put in onion bag
  • cover with rain water and place in the fibre
  • bring to simmer and slow cook for al least an hour…longer time makes a deeper colour
  • take off heat and let it cool down over night
  • hand rinse in clean water and spin, hang in shade

There is a lot of information on the net and in the library.  Be inspired by nature’s colours!  …Mieke

garden cuttings

garden cuttings

onion skins

onion skins

Invite

Invite

unpacking the raw silk cloth

unpacking the raw silk cloth

welcome banners

welcome banners

eco prints on silk by Sue

eco prints on silk by Sue

subtle wool

subtle wool

plumbago dyed lace

plumbago dyed lace

reference  dye books

reference dye books

onion dyed of course

onion dyed of course

Lynda's woven  rug

Lynda’s woven rug

eucalyptus cineria

eucalyptus cineria

pomegranite

pomegranite

pre soak

pre soak

a dyers stash

a dyers stash

silk samples

silk samples