Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wedding bouquets

I helped daughter no. 2 with some wedding photography last weekend.











Colours of March – representing the southern hemisphere

This bush is typical Australian bush with the very sculptural grass trees, located in a paddock on a friend’s farm.

Annie's bush

Nearby coast – Peterborough way.

Bay of Islands

Worm Bay – good for swimming.

Worm Bay 2

Mutton Bird Island.

Mutton Bird Island

Boggy Creek – a little bit inland.

Boggy Creek

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lots of yarn

While waiting patiently for our commercially spun alpaca yarn to arrive we have easily kept busy on other projects.

Here is Georgie weaving a beret on cardboard. In the background you can view our revamped room. Much more civilised now. Oh and BTW, Georgie has a sore knee. She isn’t really that lay back.

Georgie weaving beret

And Jill and Rocky hand spinning alpaca fibre.

Jill and Rocky - TAFE

Jill is the most productive, spinning and knitting beautifully. Below is a wee bit of her hand spun alpaca yarn.

Alpaca fibre - spun by Jill - 4

And Georgie was unable to wait. She warped up with an unknown from the store room and used hand spun alpaca by Rocky for her weft. Georgie is experimenting with lace weaves for her alpaca project.

Georgie's weaving - alpaca

And I stole some fibre that had been dyed for another class. I walked past it, saw the colours and couldn’t help but take just a small bit to spin up. I love it. On the bottom left is the single thread and on the right is the plied result. Should have pinched the whole lot.

hand spun wool - dyed by Jude

Jill again. More hand spun alpaca yarn. Beautiful stuff.

home spun alpaca by Jill

And another ebay mistake! I bought quite a large amount of tussah silk from some guy who was destashing his weaving studio. It looked luscious so I bought a kilogram of the stuff. This is the photo supplied on ebay.

Here is what I got. Very beige with no sheen and it sheds. I hate shedding. When will I learn? I’ve washed it and whacked it but it still sheds, otherwise it could still have been used in some project .

tussah silk from ebay

Monday, March 8, 2010

Breakfast @ the Twelve Apostles

It’s an annual fundraiser. The local Red Cross and Cancer Council get together and deliver a delicious breakfast at the Twelve Apostles.

Annie and I started early and walked about 12 kilometres to get there (this was huge for me) – along dirt tracks, through farms, and National Park. It was only in the final half hour of walking that I was needing a panadol or two or three.

Inquisitive sheep

Inquisitive sheep thinking that we may be delivering a meal.

Breakfast @ Twelve Apostles

Egg and bacon was first course followed by pancakes, strawberries and cream.

Twelve Apostles 3

The Apostles were looking good.

Twelve Apostles


Twelve Apostles 2


Twelve Apostles 4


Gibson Steps

It was perfect weather.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Alpaca Project and other stuff

Each Tuesday morning we congregate in the art department at the Sherwood campus of Deakin University at Warrnambool.

Below is an assortment of alpaca fleece spun by Jill.

Alpaca fibre - spun by Jill

Jill decided to experiment with the brown and white plied yarn and dye it blue. These are the results. The verdict is still out.

Alpaca fibre - dyed blue

Jill bought in her Majacraft spinning wheel to show me. She loves it and now it is on my wish list.

majacraft spinning wheel - Jill's

Here is Georgie warping up for her first alpaca piece. Georgie is concentrating on lace weaves for her theme.

Georgie warping up


The flower ( not sure what it is) was photographed for an assignment on ‘composition’ for the Photoshop course I am doing.


And these birds are corellas. There are lots of them around at the moment, having a distinctive squawking noise. They also seem to be public enemy number one in many parts of Victoria for the damage they do to crops and the environment.