The South Gippsland Spinners and Fibre Arts group Inc. are a community of crafters who meet in Korumburra twice monthly to interact and showcase their creations. Enthusiasts stem from all over South Gippsland to join the knowledgeable and talented gatherings. Individuals bring new skill sets to the table while others wish to learn a craft that they have always wanted to tackle. All things fibre is explored such as wool preparation, spinning, dyeing, weaving, felting, knitting, crochet, beading and more. In recognition of the importance of diversity, interesting monthly workshops are organised together with participation and demonstrations at local events. The group has a website www.timeonyourhandscrafters.com which promotes upcoming events, meeting dates and a blog containing a wide range of topics. There is also a facebook page 'South Gippsland Spinners and Fibre Arts Group' for topical posts.
For this sculptural vessel I followed a project by Ellen King written up in the magazine 'Felt' [issue 22], using merino tops in various colours, paj silk fabric plus sari tops. This was an intricate project but had a rewarding result.
I am a dedicated spinner and take pleasure in dyeing my wool and combining colours. In this skein, the yarn is a blend and plied 'corset' style with commercial 2 ply.
This shawl is crocheted in Solomon's knot stitch from merino I hand dyed and spun.
Reflection is a contemplative figure constructed under the online tuition of sculptor Molly Williams. Over a wire armature, wool roving is needle and wet felted to build up the figure until the desired shape has been achieved. A surface layer, or skin, consisting of coloured fibres, silk and other embellishments is wet felted onto the figure to achieve the final outcome.
I am fairly new to wet felting so am very pleased with this vessel. I achieved the ridges up the side by using pegs during the drying process. I used two shades of merino tops and gave it a sparkle with Angelina fibre.
I knitted this rug in brioche stitch with the main colour being home spun alpaca. The other colours are commercial wool from my stash.
For this vintage jug cover I used a four petal design worked in filet lace with a No. 60 cotton and a fine hook.
I am a collector of dolls and soft toys especially vintage. I knit many outfits such as this boy doll's top with smocking detail, rompers and contrasting socks.
For this beaded lariat necklace some beads were strung onto thread and knitted in and others were attached after the knitting was completed. For the ends a wooden bead was covered with knitting and a beaded tassel attached. Fingering weight yarn was used.
One of the challenges during the worst of Covid, when we were not allowed to meet in person, was to make a crazy beanie. This one uses scraps of felted knitting joined randomly with simple crochet.
I love making hats.When I start the design it usually just flows and can change as I go along.This one is a close fitting cloche in black merino with contrasting grey/brown circles over the crown. I beaded down one side and gave the centre a quirky twist.
I used 'Baby Silk' 88% wool and 12% silk and followed an Heirloom pattern book 'A new Baby'.
This is my crocheted interpretation of a forest floor in Autumn using 100% wool and Alpaca for the background.
I have crocheted a coral reef, trying to emulate the forms and colours seen on the Great Barrier Reef, which is under threat.
I love using various colour combinations and textures. I knitted one with flowers and buttons and the other with pom poms and added buttons.
To knit these slippers I used two skeins of wool to make up 20 ply for thickness and warmth.
This multihued poncho was created from 370gm of a single 14-micron merino fleece. It was handspun to a laceweight yarn size and knitted on 6 mm needles. There was no written pattern. It is my own design which I knitted in the round in six equal sections. It's one size and big enough to fit up to size 30. I hasten to say I'm not size 30.
Bathmat hand woven on a handmade rug loom from scrap material and old clothes cut into strips and joined together to make yarn.
Another bath mat made using the same technique of recycling old clothes.
The original Dorset buttons were made from linen thread on a frame of animal horn slices but mine are a bit more fancy using embroidery silks to cover plastic curtains rings.
I made this shawl with King Cole 'Riot' yarn in shade 'The Deep'. This yarn is 30% wool, 70% premium acrylic and comes in balls of 100g /294m. I used approximately 3 and a half balls. I didn't have a pattern. I knew the 'feel' I wanted to achieve, so I tried various crochet stitches until I found one I was happy with. The border is a simple three rows of dc [US]. [diagram that inspired me available on request]. However rather than follow that, I kept repeating the cluster rows alternating the direction of the clusters. I knew I wanted something bigger than a scarf or shawl, something you could wrap around yourself and feel cosy and warm, but at the same time I wanted it to be light enough to wear as a traditional scarf. All these different thoughts and ideas came together in this shawl- I call it a 'blankie'.
I've had this olive wool in my stash for over ten years. I loved the colour and the quality, but didnt have enough for a sweater or a cardi and felt it would be wasted on a scarf. So, it just sat there waiting for inspiration. Then I began seeing shrugs everywhere and I thought I could possibly make one with the yarn I had. I crocheted a rectangle using the grit stitch. [ Note, I use the US terminology: sc and dc in stitch, skip one stitch, repeat. Next round do dc and then sc in the sc from the previous row, skip a stitch, repeat. I then sewed it to create 'sleeves' and added a crochet rib edging all around the opening. I had meant to do the same around the sleeves and the bottom of the shrug but I ran out of yarn! I love this piece as it is the perfect inter-season piece and you can wear it with absolutely anything from work clothes to jeans.
Shawl made from 4 ply black wool and a beautiful 4 ply, 50% merino/ 50% silk blend. I originally found trouble finding something to complement the peacock coloured yarn but eventually settled on the black which makes it 'pop'.
This shawl was made from two 4 ply, silk mix yarns. [ 50% silk from 'My Spin on Things'] One yarn was solid colour and the other yarn had short colour changes. The cable effect is created by slipping stitiches of the solid colour.