Carders and Spindles for Spinning

Tools and Equipment, Uncategorized

I recently had reason to try and spin some donated Alpaca fleece. A friend of mine, Margaret Ford, gave me some carders for my birthday which was great – I was able to card all of the fleece. My FIL put the handles onto the

Edgar made a box for the carders (gifted to me by Margaret Ford) and the spindles he made for me fit in as well.

Edgar made a box for the carders (gifted to me by Margaret Ford) and the spindles he made for me fit in as well.

spiky “cards” for me and of course, once that was done they no longer fitted into the cardboard box they are shipped in. He wanted to make a wooden box for them for me so he went ahead and did that. He was part-way through doing that when I then did a workshop with Anne Williams through WAFTA where we learned to spin using a spindle. I explained to Edgar how these could be made from old paintbrush handles so he had a go. Then I found a paintbrush whilst out walking so he made a second one. Fortunately they both fit into the box with the carders – Isn’t that amazing? Serendipity at it’s best 🙂 So now I am fully equipped to clean, card, spin, skein, wind into balls and knit jumpers for the whole family – grin.

Edgar made a box for the carders (gifted to me by Margaret Ford) and the spindles he made for me fit in as well.

WAFTA Challenge “Altered States”

Artwork In-Progress, Exhibition

WAFTA have issued a challenge to its members. To buy a bag full of “bits”, make an artwork from said “bits” and the resulting artwork will be shown in an exhibition at the Perth Town Hall from 16-25 September 2017

The contents of my bag was a very mixed lot – sort of cocktail dress meets rustic. Maybe a “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” theme would work!

We have to use some of everything in the bag (including the bag itself if we wish). The finished item may be 2D or 3D and it must fit within the confines of 30 x 30 x 30 cm. We cannot swap ingredients, nor can we leave anything out. We are allowed to add an armature and we are allowed to add thread so long as it doesn’t visually overpower the items in the bag. We can alter the items in the bag in any way – we can paint, dye, bleach, distress, weave, knit, crochet, felt, darn, unpick, unravel, slash, burn, screenprint, knot, net, glue and more.

Initial conservative thoughts are a vessel or bag. Second thoughts are for a burgundy, yellow-beaked, triple-humped camel-like animal wearing snow shoes and dressed to party…..