Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Opera Shawl AMELIA (Simon Boccanegra)

This is my first new Opera Shawl of 2016.

It is knitted in KIDSILK, a mixture of mohair and silk.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Waste Nothing - finding a home for the discarded

This sounds really interesting.....this is the information that came with the flyer. (The exhibition is apparently closed on 24 and 25 September)

Throughout history, spinning and weaving traditions around the world have employed second-hand textiles which are re-used, repaired, and recycled to reappear in a completely different guise to start a new life. These traditional crafts have always made use of the by-products and waste matter from other processes to ensure that as little as possible is  wasted of precious resources. Many of these ancient techniques are still in use today. This exhibition brings together original textiles and yarns designed and made by the members of the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, breathing new life into old textiles, yarns and other materials. The Theme of the exhibition reflects St Martin in the Fields’ outreach activities with disadvantaged and homeless people.

Monday, 1 June 2015

New Opera Shawl SALOME

This is my most recent Opera Shawl....SALOME.

Here is a close-up of the detail - you can see the beads more clearly!!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Shetland Lace 2

Have completed another Shetland Lace Shawl - same pattern, but different colours.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

New Shetland Lace Shawl

This is my first completed Shetland Lace Shawl of 2015

Monday, 17 November 2014

Diggin' design at the Garden Museum, 30 November 2014

Christmas Fair at THE GARDEN MUSEUM
On 30 November, the Garden Museum will be holding its third sustainable Christmas Fair, to celebrate an eco-friendly festive season.
And this time, I will be participating!! Come and buy my hand-knitted OPERA SHAWLS and SHETLAND LACE SCARVES!!! (made with yarn i bought in Shetland last month).



 Rainbow Beret

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Shetland \Wool Week 2014

This year I am going to Shetland Wool Week for the first time - guess whether I am excited!!


ZoomShetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands. Shetland wool is a world class natural fibre, with a long standing reputation for quality, strength and excellence from the fleece to the textile products. Shetland knitwear has a deserved respect gained from many generations of hard working knitters and crofters producing some of the finest lace and Fair Isle knitwear.
In this fifth year of Shetland Wool Week, an extensive range of exhibitions, classes and events covers many different subjects including weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting, and a look at traditional gansey styles. The Foula Froke is the only gansey design to originate in Shetland, with introductory classes on this complementing a contemporary take on Dutch traditional ganseys.
New and exciting venues include classes held on a traditional restored Tall Ship, and at the brand new Sumburgh Head classroom facility at the very tip of mainland Shetland – incorporating an indulgence of natural heritage and stunning views into the creativity of textile work. Events are taking place from this southern tip, right up to the most northerly island of Unst, famous for its beautiful lacework, with many locations in between.  
Hazel Tindall, who has twice held the World’s Fastest Knitter title, will be Patron of 2014 Shetland Wool Week. Hazel grew up in Shetland and learned to knit before she can even remember. Her knitting has been the subject of many articles and book chapters, and her own patterns are eagerly sought by knitters all around the world. Hazel has a real passion for knitting, patterns and Shetland wool and having delivered a number of classes in past years, is an ideal Patron for Wool Week 2014. She will design a special Wool Week pattern which will be made available prior to the event. Details will be posted to this website later in the year.
The Shetland Wool Week Committee bids a very warm welcome to everyone attending Shetland Wool Week 2014.


Shetland wool is a world-class natural fibre, and its reputation relies on the islands' native expertise from the crofters who grow it to the talented Shetland women who design and create with it. The legacy of the isles early wool industry has gifted contemporary Shetland with an international reputation for excellence in knitting and textiles.
Wool played a pivotal role in the development of Shetland’s modern history. There are few places in the world where wool has been continuously grown, processed, knitted and sold, for centuries, and a few locations where every stage of production - from sheep right to through to finished sweater - is still locally evident. And certainly there is nowhere to beat Shetland in terms of its sheer wealth of expertise, from internationally-renowned wool experts like Oliver Henry, to Hazel Tindall, the world's fastest knitter. Highlighting the fibre's bright future alongside its important heritage, Shetland Wool Week is a truly time for celebration.