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


Ginny Huber said...

These are lovely.. WIll they send samples or shipments to the US? Will look forward to seeing what you do with the new merino and alpaca. getting a package delivered by the postman is still the/a best..for me, too!

An Aussie Felter said...

Hi Ginny,

I hadn't thought about overseas. I have forwarded your message to them. If you click on the name 'Oatlands Handmade' or the picture, it will take you their Blog. Maybe you could post them a message as well. Let me know how you go.

In the meantime, maybe you and I could do a fibre swap ? I'll have a little look through my stash of Aussie grown fibres and see what I can send you. If you think this might be a fun idea, we can exchange postal addresses via email.

Talk soon

Rowena said...

Hey there! Thanks for your blog post Tiffane and so glad you love our fibre! Oatlands Handmade is very happy to supply our 18.5 micron Tasmanian Superfine Merino packs anywhere. Usual sizes are 20g, 50g and 100g but can do whatever you need. At present I just have natural but fromOCtober, hand dyed colours will be available too.

Anonymous said...

Shirley should try the Aladins Cave at Tasmanian House of Fibre in Railton

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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