Saturday, 9 July 2011

Natural Fibre Supplies from Tasmania

My dear friend Shirley lives in Tasmania, 
off the mainland of Australia, 
way down south where it is quite cold this time of the year. 
She surprises me with all sorts of treats to play with. 
(And I have to say, although I love modern technology and receiving mail online, 
there's nothing quite like
 receiving 3D mail delivered by the postman!.) 

...... Recently, a package arrived with some 
Superfine Tasmanian Merino lambs Wool 18.5 micron from 
a wonderful place to visit 
- just an hour from Hobart and they will send samples by post to you - no matter where you are! 
and also 
some wonderful hand dyed, rainbow coloured, superfine Alpaca Rovings from 
The Alpaca Shoppe
61 Emu Bay Road,
Tasmania 7304
Ph:0457 198753

The Alpaca Shoppe is an extension of three Alpaca Farms located at Deloraine and Mole Creek, Tasmania. They showcase raw fleece, natural and dyed alpaca yarns and handmade garments.
They're open 7 days and welcome visitors! 

I've decided to use the two fibres together to make something special,
so stay tuned for the results . . . 
Thanks again Shirley x x x

What is felting?

"FELT" The Essential Macquarie Dictionary meaning:

"A non woven fabric of wool, fur or hair matted together by pressure"

Fibres can be manipulated with the use of soap, water, friction and heat variations ..........or the use of barbed needles to create many interesting, practical and wearable things.

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