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  • NEW AUSTRALIA POST UPDATE PRICES 0CT 2018

    Oct 2018 Australia Post has implemented extensive changes to their parcel delivery services. It particularly affects small businesses like Treetops.  Here is a summary of what will effect you and how to get the most out of your postage costs.

    • DOMESTIC PARCELS – There has a been a minimal price increase
    • INTERNATIONAL PARCELS UNDER 1KG:
      Intl Economy (Air NO Tracking, NO Recourse for lost parcels) is now cheaper than ever,10+ business days delivery.
      Intl Standard (Air with Tracking) This is a NEW service which allows tracking and medium speed delivery 3-10 business days. Around A$7.00 more than Economy.
      Intl Express (Express Air with Tracking and Signature*) Very expensive service to use for such a small parcel. Fastest and most secure delivery service 2-4 business days. (*not available in all countries)
    • INTERNATIONAL PARCELS OVER 1KG:
      Intl Economy
       (Air NO Tracking, NO Recourse for lost parcels) this service is not recommended.
      Intl Standard (Air with Tracking) This is a new service which allows tracking and medium speed delivery 3-10 business days.
      Intl Express (Express Air and Tracking and Signature*) Fastest and most secure delivery service 2-4 business days. Over 1.5kg this service generally only costs around A$5.00 more than the Intl Standard service, in our opinion it is the best to use for parcels over 1.5kgs.  (*not available in all countries)
    • INTERNATIONAL PARCELS OVER 1.5KG:
      We recommend using Intl Express – it is the fastest, most secure and will only cost approximately A$5.00 more than the Intl Standard rate.
  • FIONA DUTHIE | TREETOPS COLLABORATION

    Fiona Duthie – Feltmaker from Canada

    Fiona Duthie is a felt maker recognized for her dynamic, sculptural clothing and artwork. In her most recent Big Ink pieces, she’s been working with silk and paper embedded in wool fibres which are then used as a canvas for bold, fluid brushstrokes in ink. These works celebrate the nurturing of our internal coals of potential; flaming these into life through strong gestures.

    Fiona is coming to Australia in early 2019, with an exhibition at Timeless Textiles, in Newcastle,  running from 13 February to 10 March. As well as a workshop at Timeless Textiles, she is also teaching with Felt Wear Able in Melbourne, Grampian Textures, Evocative Arts in Adelaide and Nelson, NZ.  Many of these classes are full or filling quickly. If you are not able to attend one of these in person classes, Fiona also offers a very popular series of online felting workshops.

    Her newest class, Foundations in Felt Garments Online, is extremely popular, with students from all over the world creating at least four different felt garments over the twelve week class. Many of the previous students used Treetops Colour Harmonies Silk Paj or Silk Mesh in their class projects with stunning results.  Fiona recommends these materials for this class, saying that “the beautiful blending of colours that Nancy produces in her silk and wool fibres guarantees a gorgeous end result. The materials are of such high quality and the colours so well composed, this simplifies our design process and brings greater satisfaction in our felt work. We can add as much of our personal creative signature as we wish, or keep our projects very simple and let the materials sing for themselves. The results are always stunning!”

    Fiona strives for excellence in design and technique, while furthering the medium of felt through the use of new material combinations. Fiona has a full-time studio practice based on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and has exhibited her work in Canada, the US, New Zealand, the UK and Australia.

    Thie below Big Ink Red Dress reflect pieces that can be made in her in-person workshops in Melbourne and Nelson in 2019. This piece uses 4.5 momme Silk Paj in the Colour Harmony Heartache.

    The Big Ink Felt Wing image shows a new piece in a body of work for the exhibition in Newcastle, and uses  4.5 momme Silk Paj in the Colour Harmony Heartache, plus Silk Mesh in Ironbark.

    The images shown below all reflect projects from the Foundations in Felt Garments Workshop. The Capelet uses 4.5 momme Silk Paj in the Colour Harmony Tamarillo, The Cape uses 4.5 momme Silk Paj in the Colour Harmony Silverback. and the Red Vest with Godets uses 4.5 momme Silk Paj in the Colour Harmony Heartache.

    Click here for Fiona’s Website.

    Click here for Fiona’s Online Workshops.

  • OUR FINEST WOOL TO DATE | AUGUST 2018

    Treetops has just ‘popped’ our finest bale of superfine Merino to date – 18.1 micron!!  Very exciting for us, especially since wool is globally in such high demand and there are such limited supplies.Here at Treetops we are very lucky indeed to have such great connections to a great supply of superfine merino wool. Yes, the price has gone up, but so has the quality!

    This new wool will be slowly working it way through our supply chain. We will be marking each new dye bath with a ‘NEW 18.1 Micron’red dot, until our existing wool stocks run out.

  • SILK MESH NEWS FLASH!

    We have just discovered you can indeed ‘Snip and Rip’ our Silk Mesh fabric. Simply make a 2cm (3/4″ inch) snip. Then hold your hand approximately 25cm (10 inch) apart on each side of the snip and then just rip (pull hands apart)… I usually cut the last little bit left on the selvage with scissors so the last few threads don’t pull. Will little wonders never cease to amaze…Cheers!

  • AUSTRALIAN WOOL MARKET NEWS 2017

    If you are interested in the Australian Wool market, here are some interesting current facts from the AWI (Australian Wool Innovation) and The WoolMark Company.

    The previous 25 years has witnessed a radical shift in the make-up of Australia’s wool clip, particularly the increasing percentage of wool produced that is less than 19.5 microns. The proportion of fine and super fine Merino wool that is less than 19.5 micron has moved from representing 11% of the clip in 1991/92 to 42% in the last complete season of 2016/17. Of most significance though, is Australia now produces an extra 53,047 tonnes of Merino wool finer than 19.5 micron compared to the season 1991/92. AWTA key test data reveals that historically in 1991/92, 817 million kgs of Australian wool was tested in total, with just 97 million Kgs of that being Merino wool finer than 19.5 micron. In 2016/17, total wool tested dropped to 357 million kilograms, but Merino wool finer than 19.5 micron has actually risen to 150 million kgs in the same period. So, although the total clip volume has reduced over the 25 years, fine wool production has seen a roughly 50% increase in volume. Today’s situation within the Australian wool markets is thankfully a positive one, as wool growers are enjoying receiving some of the best clip returns they have had in decades.

    Recent developments in next to skin garments have opened new markets for fine wool. This is particularly pertinent to cater for the upsurge of Merino wool demand used in the athletic, leisure and outdoor garment markets. Not too long ago, wool was sold at auction and it was often not known to the grower where that wool went and for what purpose. The industry today is in a somewhat tailored position to take advantage of the current consumer trends and meet the growing demand for next to skin products like never before. The situation in 2017/18 is far different and should breathe optimism into industry, as consumer markets and therefore demand aligns with the unique properties of wool and its provenance.  (excerpts from AWI Market Intelligence Nov 2017).

  • MERINO WOOL BENEFITS FOR ECZEMA SUFFERERS

    Medical studies reveal superfine Merino wool is therapeutic for the skin

    16 OCTOBER 2017, The WoolMark Company

    In positive news for eczema sufferers, recently published research funded by The Woolmark Company has demonstrated that wearing superfine Merino wool next to the skin is therapeutic for those suffering from the chronic skin condition. This adds to a growing number of research findings supporting the health and wellbeing benefits of wool products.

    Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, now affects 20% to 30% of children; its prevalence amongst adults and children varies geographically and is increasing in many countries, with sufferers having dysfunctional skin that dries out and can lead to cracked skin, bacterial infection, redness, scratching and itching.

    However, dermatology trials have shown that adult and infant eczema sufferers have reduced symptoms when wearing superfine Merino wool garments next to the skin.

    When worn next to skin, superfine Merino wool works as a dynamic buffer, helping maintain a more stable humidity and temperature in the micro-climate between the fabric and the skin. Wool garments are the most breathable of the common apparel types, absorbing and releasing twice as much moisture vapour as cotton and thirty times as much as polyester. It appears superfine Merino wool acts like a second skin for these people whose ‘first’ skin is too dry.

    The theory that wool’s unique moisture management could benefit eczema sufferers was put to the test in a twelve-week clinical trial, which confirmed the beneficial findings of wearing superfine Merino wool garments with a mean fibre diameter less than or equal to 17.5 micron.

    The Woolmark Company has also created a video explaining the therapeutic benefits of superfine Merino wool. Click here for link.

    A study of approximately 40 babies and young children under 3 years old, at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, showed significant advantages of superfine Merino wool base-layers rather than cotton in improving the symptoms of eczema.

    Published in the British Journal of Dermatology in July, the study challenges generalisations that wool is to be avoided by children with eczema. The study concluded that traditional management guidelines classing all wool-based clothing as irritants should be modified to include superfine Merino wool as a recommended clothing choice in childhood atopic dermatitis.

    In fact, a highly esteemed group of medical professionals from across the world has reviewed research papers published during the past 100 years to critically assess scientific studies that claimed wool causes allergy. The group has now published a paper “Debunking the Myth of Wool Allergy” with the primary conclusion there is no credible evidence wool is an allergen. It found that if a fabric does cause sensations of itch and prickle on the skin then it is because of the large diameter of the fibres and not due to the fibre type being wool.

  • WOOL 4 SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITION | 2018

    Registrations are now open for Wool4School 2018 with amazing opportunities and prize-money for both teachers and students to win.

    All teachers who register their class will receive a free resource pack for the classroom filled with fabric and yarn samples, technical information to learn about wool and other helpful resources to help your students. Teachers also have the chance to go in the running to win $1000, a Bernina sewing machine and a workshop for your students with a professional wool expert.

    Lesson plans are also available online, aligned to the national curriculum, to help easily implement Wool4School into your classroom.

    In 2018 students are invited to design an innovative, creative and multi-functional outfit, containing a minimum 80% Merino wool. Students are advised to think outside the box by injecting new concepts and imaginative uses into their designs, such as transforming a skirt into handbag or sweater into skirt. The outfits must contain a minimum of one piece with a maximum of four pieces. While students do not have to make their designs, they must illustrate and carefully describe the textiles used in their work.

    First launched in 2012, Wool4School has involved more than 65,000 students nationwide, not only learning the fundamentals of fashion design but also exploring the benefits and versatility of wool and the fabric it creates. The 2017 competition expanded to include Year 12 students, making the competition available to high school students from years 7 to 12.

    Full details, resources and lesson plans can be found on www.wool4school.com, along with details of the amazing prizes on offer for students and teachers.

  • MY STRIPE LIBRARY 30 DAY CHALLENGE!

    My Challenge: I here by declare that for the next 30 days I am setting myself the goal of designing a 50cm x 50cm felted stripe sampler. My aim is to create a Library of stripe designs which explores the language of how stripes and colour interact in felt (plus I would love the bliss of being creative everyday!) Nancy Ballesteros

    If you would like to look at the blog and samples I created through this challenge please click here.

  • Have You Fulled Your Felt Enough?

    Have you FULLED your felt enough?? One of the most common mistakes is to not fully felt your felt (Figure 8). These samples are from the same piece of Nuno felted Silk Mesh (Snowy Owl colourway) and superfine Merino tops (Black Pearl). Sample on the left has NOT been fulled enough – it will eventually pill and loose shape. Sample on the right has been fulled twice to reach the best results. Shrinkage was almost 50% , 10 -15 grams (.35 -.53 ounce) of wool was used per 1 metre square (40 inches square) of Silk Mesh fabric to created a lightweight nuno felted cloth. click here for more information (go to our article on Felting Instructions – Fully Felted Felt – Final Considerations).

  • MEDITATIVE ADORNMENT TEXTILE MAKERS RETREAT | BALI 2019

    We are taking expressions of interest for a new Meditative Adornment Felting Workshop in Bali – May 2019! Back by popular demand, Nicole and I are putting together another Bali workshop. We felt, we stitch, we learn from local craftsmen how to indigo dye, silversmithing, traditional offering weaving and participate in the rich local culture. Email us your expression of interest and we will make sure you receive all the details. nancy@treetopscolours.com.au. or for more details click here.



  • PLASTIC DROP SHEETS | 2018

    Finally, we have sourced our dream plastic drop sheets for felting. Who would think it could be so hard! The sheets are 2.6m x 3.6m (8.5ft x 12ft) in dimension and just the right thickness for felting. They also have a special embossed surface that keeps the plastic from slipping around quite so much.

  • NEW TABLE LEG RAISERS | 2018

    Tired of having a sore back?  These Table Leg Raisers are the perfect answer. Available in two sizes (130mm and 90mm) or they can be stacked together for those of us who are really tall for a total of 220mm!

  • SILK CHIFFON (extra wide) | BASE TONES

    Treetops just received a special ‘Limited Edition’ shipment of extra wide (140cm, 55inch) Silk Chiffon fabric. Fantastic for sewing and nuno felting of garments because of its wider width and slightly heavier weight (5.5 momme).

    We have created a unique dyeing technique for this fabric called ‘Base Tones’. The fabric is designed to coordinate with many different Colour Harmonies. By removing the highlight colour, a more tonal colourway has been created. It’s up to you then to add a variety of ‘splash’ colours to create your own personalized colour statement.

    The Chiffon is a slightly more dense and lustrous weave than our Tissue Silk (Silk Georgette). It drapes more like Paj silk fabric and appearance is halfway between shiny and flat.

    When you purchase 140cm (55inch) wide fabric, the cost is slightly higher, but remember you are purchasing 23% more fabric!

    More colours coming soon!!

  • ORNAMENTAL METAL PRESS SNAPS

    Our NEW Ornamental Metal Press Snaps are an elegant closure solution for felted garments. Simply sew these strong snaps into position. They lie very flat against the felt and are not bulky at all. A great solution instead of button holes….

    Hint: if you don’t want the stitching to be seen on the front-side of your felt, simply don’t push needle through to the other side, just catch enough fibres with your needle/thread to hold snap in place.

    To create a  Reversible Garment Closure stitch a snap on both the front and back of each side of your garment. Therefore when your garment is reversed it can be snapped closed either way. An additional bonus being that the front-side would have a decorative snap showing, which could be quite nice.

    Colours available include: Antique Brass, Gunmetal, Grey Silver, Hexagonal Gunmetal and Black Gunmetal.  Snaps measure 20-21 mm in diameter. Sold as a set.

  • SAMPLER PAC | SILK MESH DESIGN PACK

    The Silk Mesh Design Pack is designed using our Exclusive Silk Mesh Fabric in conjunction with our Silk Hankies and Bombyx Silk tops.  It’s a great way to obtain a variety of products to play with, all of which have been chosen around a central colour theme.

    We have put together eight colourways for your designing pleasure: Tropical, Ghost Gum, Bush Tucker, Dark & Moody, Ambient, Obsession, The Melbourne, River of Blue.

    Each Silk Mesh Design Pack contains:

    • Silk Mesh fabric in 3 Colour Harmonies, each piece is 25cm long x 114cm wide
    • 15gms of Silk Hankies in 3 colourways
    • 12gms of Bombyx Silk tops in 2-3 colourways
  • SILK MESH NEWS FLASH!

    We have just discovered you can indeed ‘Snip and Rip’ our Silk Mesh fabric. Simply make a 2cm (3/4″ inch) snip. Then hold your hand approximately 25cm (10 inch) apart on each side of the snip and then just rip (pull hands apart)… I usually cut the last little bit left on the selvage with scissors so the last few threads don’t pull. Will little wonders never cease to amaze…Cheers!

  • SILK MESH VIDEOS

    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words… Treetops has taken the plunge and decided it was time to make a video about our new Silk Mesh fabric. We are very pleased to be able to share with you all the tips and techniques we have discovered about using our new hand-dyed open weave silk fabric.

    For a printed version of the video, please click on these PDF links.  Discovering Silk Mesh and Pulling a Thread in Silk Mesh.

    A huge thank you should go out to Soosie Jobson, my head computer tech and head video engineer. She has many areas of talent, one of which being her own YouTube channel where she teaches free tutorials about 3-D shrinkage rates other felt related things. Check her out at Soosie YouTube.

  • NEW SILK FABRICS

    Paj Silk Fabric now in two weights | 2017

    Treetops is delighted to offer our clients two different weights of Paj Silk fabric. We selected these fabrics with both nuno feltmakers and clothing designers in mind. The 4.5 momme Paj silk is lighter weight and fabulous for scarves and wraps. We suggest using the slightly denser and more sturdy 5 momme Paj for garments. When ordering you will be asked to select which weight of Paj Silk fabric will best suit your needs.

  • NEW PRODUCTS

    New Products

    We have a new supplier of Silk Devore Velvet! Treetops has been busy hand dyeing these scarves as well as cutting them into quarters. They make amazing Nuno felt! Click here to view… (Nov 2015)

    We have recently sourced several New Tools and Accessories to make your felting life more enjoyable. Click here to view… (Nov 2015)

    – A cool, simple water bottle sprinkler head.  Absolutely fabulous for a fine spray of water, quick, easy and portable AND only $3.00!

    – Large Fabric Covered Snaps. Great closures for felted garments. Three colour choices. Only $1.00 per set.

    Hand crafted Copper or Brass ‘S’ Hooks for creatively turning your long necklace into a shorter one.

    -Hand-made Olive Oil Soap with Wild Tussah Silk Fibres – really worth a try! I’ve never felting with anything quite a lovely as this hand-made soap.

    Here at Treetops, we seem to be continually swimming in little bits of silk fabric, we finally thought of a solution –Silk Fabric Bundles. 10gms for A$7.50. Click here to view…. (Nov 2015)

    Don’t forget our little balls of Silk Eye Candy are a great way to purchase a small random variety of silk tops. 10gm for $3.00. Click here to view… (Nov 2015)

  • New Silk Mesh Fabric | 2016

    We are very excited about our new custom designed Silk Mesh Fabric which is being woven just for Treetops. Lightweight, open weave, and highly lustrous. It has fantastic drape and is fabulous for nuno felting, creative machine embroidery and a myriad of other applications. Click here to view colour range. Above are few close-ups photos of the colourway Sea Grass. (May 2016)

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