Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 2012 Fibre Related News

Here are a few items found on the internet this month that you might like to look at while you have a cup of tea or coffee. If you have any recommendations, please let us know for next months Fibre related news.

Ramie: An ancient textile is making its way back, by Leena Oijala

How to make knitted leaves, by Cara Graver, (youTube video)

Crochet Portraits by Jo Hamilton

Textiles 4 Textiles by Eco-Innovation

Geeking Out: Glitch Textiles, by Adrienne Breaux, on Phillip Stearns weaving and knitting pieces.

Spinning Wheel P0rn , unfortunate name for a group of Flickr photos.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoying looking at lovely photos of spinning wheels and  lovely fibre and handspun yarn. Warning, it may make your drool on your computer keyboard

hand spun wool wound into balls


Preparing your Batt for spinning.

After lots of fun making batts on drum carders in August, I found these videos to demonstrate different ways to prepare your batt for spinning.

Preparing wool batt for spinning. by Blushing Ewe

Spinning a batt. by ccfibres

Spinning from a batt by BlondeChickenYarn

Spinning with the Freedom Flyer   by AshfordHandicrafts (at 40second mark of the video, you can see Kate begin to draw out the fibre from the centre of the rolled up batt.)

What is your favourite way to spin from a batt?

Prepared batts

Joey Pouches.

Thank you to the members who contributed 27 pouches for injured wildlife for Wildlife Victoria.  They will be delivered to head office in the next few weeks.

Click here for the pattern if you would like to make some more.

Bring them to the meeting and we will ensure they get to Wildlife Victoria for injured joeys, possums, wombats and many more little critters.

27 Joey Pouches made

October Announcement

Doncaster and Templestowe Spinners and Weavers

Extend an invitation to attend our annual spin-together and morning tea, with guest speaker and demonstrator

Charly McCafferty

of Ixchel Bunny Fibres

Charly will be demonstrating some wonderful yarns and inspiring us for the festive season.

Lots to learn, and lots of wonderful fibres to tempt you!

Come and add your part to our group weaving and see a display of our special show and tell creations

Monday 15th October 2012

10.00am – 2.00pm

Templestowe Uniting Church, Lower Hall

Wood Street, Templestowe

Melways Ref 33 E4

BYO Mug and Lunch (morning tea provided)

Cost $7.00 per person

R.S.V.P. by 8th October 2012


Selection of fabulous fibre from Charly

August 2012 Tutorial – Drum Carder

Janet brought in her 2 drum carders today.  Members had the opportunity to learn how to use a manual drum carder and an electric drum carder.

Our members had a great time preparing batts for future use.

August 2012 playing with Drum Carders

Here is a great link for written instructions on

How to Prepare Fiber With a Drum Carder

From Gritty Knits, a great video on making an art yarn batt

Gritty Knits: Fancy Kitty Big Tom Carder

Enjoy.  We hope to see some hand spun yarn next month

Show and Tell August 2012

Another wonderful show and tell this month.  It’s great to see so many inspiring pieces of work created by our members.

This month saw a collection of handspun and hand dyed yarn, a cardigan with matching socks, hat and fingerless gloves, a vest, a shawl, and the start of 2 blankets using short rows that we looked at last month, see July 2012 tutorial for all links.

August 2012 Show and Tell

Janet also showed us some interesting weaving she has started to play with.

Janet’s weaving


Next Meeting 20th August 2012

Just to let you know, our next meeting is this coming Monday.

At this months meeting there will be an opportunity to observe the blending of fibres on a drum carder.  Janet will bring a couple of drum carders, so members have an  opportunity to make a batt.

Just remember to bring good clean fleece.

Ashford Drum Carder

For more information about how to prepare fibre with a drum carder, visit the Joy of Spinning Website

See our “about” page for details on where and when.

We look forward to seeing you, share our “show and tell” and take some time to card, spin, weave or knit.

single ply merino fibre, hand dyed