The Leaning Tree

River Gum - Eucalyptus camaldulensis - Wirnda Ngadara (local Wajarri name)
I'm feeling a bit like this old native Western Australian River Gum having survived 2020! It's characteristic leaning is caused by a constant strong southerly wind. The tree is known to be a very hardy grower, though it has weak branches. Sounds exactly how I've been feeling this past year. Here's to all of us growing stronger and more resilient this year!

Randolph Stow immortalized this Leaning tree in the following poem:

I am Wirnda Ngadara

The Leaning tree

I have grown this way

From too much breeze

My twisted trunk

Bowed down to search

And pay respect

To my Mother Earth

Stand here awhile

And look at me

I am Wirnda Ngadara

The Leaning tree

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International Feltmakers Members Video Launch

AGM 27 March 2021

What a grand gesture from our peak felting organization the IFA to commission four videos themed around 'How to ReConnect with your Creativity". The international felt tutors include: Judit Pocs (Hungary), Nicola Brown (Ireland), Fiona Duthie (Canada) and me! The videos will be FREE to all IFA MEMBERS. For more information and insight into the videos click here. There will also be a live discussion with these tutors during the AGM weekend in advance of the video launch on YouTube. To become a member and receive more information click here.
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Tired of using the same ol' 'swish and swirl' method of felting? My video will focus on "How Fibonacci’s Design Principles can help ReConnect your Creativity". Might even possibly expand your understanding of the natural world around us.

There is a Natural Rhythm in things we consider beautiful. Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th century Mathematician wrote about it. How could this help your creativity? My video will explore simple, practical ways to apply this powerful design principle to your felting and no maths is required!
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Feeding Seaweed to Sheep helps fight Climate Change

The Tasmanian native seaweed species Asparagopsis has been identified by Australian CSIRO-led research team for its ability to significantly reduce the amount of methane produced by cows and sheep when added to their diets, almost entirely eliminating their greenhouse gas emissions.

The scientists have developed a cost-effective seaweed feed additive called FutureFeed,
The Asparagopsis species of seaweed produces a bioactive compound called bromoform, which prevents the formation of methane by inhibiting a specific enzyme in the gut during the digestion of feed. In fact, FutureFeed has been found to reduce the production of enteric methane by more than 90 per cent.

More than 20 per cent of the world's entire total of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock production (i.e. burps and farts), and in Australia the contribution of methane emissions from ruminant livestock is approaching 10 per cent of total greenhouse emissions.

If just 10 per cent of global ruminant animals (mainly cattle and sheep) adopted FutureFeed as an additive to feed, it would have the same impact for our climate as removing 50 million cars from the world's roads.

Want to learn more, click here.

Determining Wool's Environmental Footprint

A ground-breaking new study in a peer-reviewed journal examines the environmental cradle-to-grave footprint of a wool garment. It is crucial that it's whole lifespan be considered. "The length of a garment's lifespan, that is the number of times a garment is worn, is the most influential factor in determining a garment's footprints on the planet" according to Angus Ireland, AWI Program Manager for Fibre Advocacy and Eco Credentials.

It is also worthwhile to note that wool cloths also require less washing than many other clothes - because of wool's natural resistance to odour, stains and wrinkles - which not only reduces energy and water consumption, it also preserves the as-new look of the garment.

For more information access the Australian Wool Innovations study 'Environmental impacts associated with the production, use, and end-of-life of a woolen garment'. Published in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment click here to view.

Felt Ottoman Workshop

2 1/2 days: 30,31 July, 1 Aug 2021

For those living in Australia (and maybe only those in Western Australia depending on the Covid situation). I am incredibly excited to actually announce my first workshop since Covid shutdown last year! Won't it feel wonderful to mingle in person, support and inspire each other's creativity.

I will be teaching an intermediate level class on how to create your own felted ottoman cover for this little stool. We will design and felt the cover. Then learn to cut, sew and upholster it onto this little stool base. If you don't sew, we can help you with that...

Location Craft House, Perth, Western Australia. Cost $210 (STOOL INCLUDED IN PRICE). Limited to 10 people. Email me to sign up

Silk Hankies 25% OFF SALE

Our double-degummed Silk Hankies are extra lustrous and won't yellow or go tacky with age. They aren't quite perfectly square in their presentation, but then that is what you get when more sericin (the cocoon's glue) is taken out.

24 Colour Harmony Silk Hankies to choose from click here
19 Solid Colours Silk Hankies to choose from click here

Seductive Silk Velvet 30% OFF SALE

If you are after TEXTURE Silk Velvet is amazing when felted!

Our hand dyed Silk Velvet Devore scarves are designed with a variety of subtle colour variations throughout. There are five colourways, each comes in a choice of two patterns: Leaves or waves.

Available Sizes:
Whole Scarf: 1.45 meter x 30cm click here
Half Scarf: 72cm x 30cm click here
Quarters: 36 cm x 30 cm click here

Composition: 18% silk and 82% rayon pile. Because these scarves have been woven with a Silk warp it allows the fabric to drape beautifully.
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