More up-cycling

I have been having such fun this week making these fun books.

They are side bound books with orphaned teaspoons sourced from Ebay.  I love how they have turned out.  With so many budding master chefs around these days I thought they would be fun with kitchen/baking themed papers for the covers.

Here are just a couple of them – what do you think?

Cupcake book with vintage teaspoon spoon

Cupcake book with vintage teaspoon spoon

Kitchen/baking themed book with vintage jam spoon

Kitchen/baking themed book with vintage jam spoon

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Keeping it local

You may have heard of the idea of slow food – the idea of eating food that has been grown locally and is in season – something that has not travelled halfway around the country or the world before it gets to you.  Take that idea a little further into cloth and clothing, this is what my friend Marina from http://handmadeandmarina.wordpress.com has been doing recently.  Marina has sourced Merino fleece from sheep living in Burekup – a small town near Bunbury – and has spun that fleece into yarn, then woven it on her backstrap loom into fabric.

I am lucky enough to have some of that fabric at Folios and Fibre – beautiful hand woven scarves, natural in colour, one with lanolin still in it – the other has been washed a little more and is beautifully soft.  Something really special for a gift, or treat yourself to one to keep the cold at bay on these chilly mornings.  These are one of a kind – take a long time from fleece to fabric – I feel very fortunate to have them in the gallery.

Beautiful hand spun, hand woven south west western australia merino wool scarf $48 - by handmade and marina

Beautiful hand spun, hand woven south west western australia merino wool scarf $48 – by handmade and marina

 

hand spun, hand woven merino scarf - detail - by handmade and marina

hand spun, hand woven merino scarf – detail – by handmade and marina

 

Scrumbling

I have been having great fun creating this collar/shawlette from a huge variety of fancy and plain yarns.  I have been playing with this technique for a number of years and have created enough scrumbles for a jacket for myself – I just need to find time to put them together!   I thought it  would be quicker and fun to put this together for the gallery.  It sits really nicely around the neck and is comfortable to wear.  I have to acknowledge Prudence Mapstone of Knot Just Knitting who travels tirelessly teaching and promoting this fun method of creating garments.  She has published some excellent  how to books on the techniques too.

freeform crochet collar/shawlette - various interesting fibres - fastens with a crochet motif pin $95

freeform crochet collar/shawlette – various interesting fibres – fastens with a crochet motif pin $95

freeform crochet collar/shawlette - a variety of fancy yarns - fastens with a crochet motif pin $95

freeform crochet collar/shawlette – a variety of fancy yarns – fastens with a crochet motif pin $95

Stirling Street Arts Centre Autumn Fair

Last Sunday was the Autumn Fair at SSAC in Bunbury. What an enjoyable day. Folios and Fibre had a stall amongst an array of other stalls with awesome handmade goodness. It was a great opportunity for me to catch up with many people I had not seen for a long time. We were serenaded by the lovely Kate from Collie – she has the sweetest voice and played and sang some very easy listening. I had a stall next to handmade_and_marina, my friend who makes soaps and lotions which are so kind to your skin. Nice to see another truly handmade market in the south west.