Merino garments

Last year I experimented with autumn leaves from my neighbours deciduous trees on merino garments and got some fabulous results. This year I was inEurope during our Australian autumn and missed the array of  beautiful leaves particular to that time of the year.

So here is a little collection of one off, beautifully soft and comfortable to wear merino wool garments.  They are ideal for layering and also that period where the weather really can’t make up it’s mind whether it’s cool, cold or warm!

Sleeveless merino top $50

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Merino leggings $65

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Long sleeved merino top $65

 

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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

Just a little bit more dyeing

Life is a little quieter now after that burst of workshop energy.  I must confess to have been extremely tired after India Flint’s workshop here but of course managed a little energy burst to put a few bits of fabric in the dyepot leftover from the workshop.  Two scarf lengths are particularly attractive to me and it has taken a great strength of will to put labels and prices on them!

Australian Merino Wool Challis scarf eco coloured with E. cinerea, E nicholii and Agonis flexuosa $45

Australian Merino Wool Challis scarf eco coloured with E. cinerea, E nicholii and Agonis flexuosa $45

Silk/Australian Merino Wool voile scarf - eco coloured with eucalypt leaves $45

Silk/Australian Merino Wool voile scarf – eco coloured with eucalypt leaves $45

Wool

Wool loves eco dyes and generally leaves used in the dyeing process make some lovely prints.  This really cute up cycled pure wool cardigan has come up really nicely.  I have just finished stitching some love onto the front right hand side of the cardie – silk patches  stitched with silk thread. I think I may have to rush into town when the gallery closes and purchase some nicer buttons.  What do you think?

Upcycled  pure wool cardigan - eco dyed $50

Upcycled pure wool cardigan – eco dyed $50

This is the back of the cardigan - lovely resist marks from a spray of eucalypt  leaves
This is the back of the cardigan – lovely resist marks from a spray of eucalypt leaves