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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: wool felt on: December 13, 2007 02:03:18 AM
This is a bit late, but Winterwood toys in Australia (online) have beautiful 100% wool felt.
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Ordering from YesAsia (Japanese craft books) on: December 13, 2007 02:01:44 AM
I've ordered four books from them and they were fantastic Smiley I got free shipping too and they arrived very quickly, I would certainly order again!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Three 'Sewing Goodies' Bags on: December 01, 2007 03:37:37 AM
Sorry everyone!

I took most of my blog offline to remove all my personal info because of some weirdo (bleh Angry), and had forgotten about this tute here on Craftster! (I haven't had time to be here for ages, sad!), and that all the links would have been broken, thanks very much to sister-isle for letting me know!

I've put the tute link post back on my blog and it should be working now, I'm not sure about the others with bag examples, but most of them should be working, it's such a slow process editing and putting back up hundreds of blog posts! Wink

4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to spin but I'm in Australia on: August 07, 2007 06:51:29 PM
I'm in Australia too Smiley Craft is big here in Perth! You've just got to know where to look.

I agree, contact your states spinners and weavers guild and they will tell you where they meet and about classes in your area if you wanted to learn from another person.

I get fibre from winterwoodtoys.com.au (mainly white merino, lovely!) and www.braesidealpacas.com.au. I mainly get things from Bilby Yarns here in Perth though, who don't ship out unfortunately, they are my spinning heaven and are where I got my wheel from and all my melanin wool and other bits and bobs.

I also order a lot of stuff on Etsy, tons of hand dyed fibre and all my drop spindles have been handmade ones from Etsy, postage isn't too bad at all if you have a dig around and find a good seller who posts internationally. Thatspinningplace on Etsy is an Aussie fibre seller too.

Hope that helps a tad! Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pre-washing fabric on: July 27, 2007 02:46:46 AM
I have a whole room of fabric that hasn't been prewashed, bleh. Undecided

I hate the strings and the wrinkles and the ironing. I've made three quilts with un-prewashed fabrics and they've been just fine. I'm wanting to start selling sewn things sometime in the future though and I know that most everyone prefers pre-washed goodies so there's no chance of catastrophe in the future. But there's just SO MUCH FABRIC in my house, I'm just about crying at the thought of doing it all. *tears hair out* Tongue
6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: People From WA, have you been to Bilby Yarns? on: June 20, 2007 09:36:27 AM
It smells like meat? Weird! Tongue

I just got your email! Thank you, I'll reply tomorrow as I should totally be in bed Smiley As for spinning guilds, I was going to check out the one in Applecross (which is closest to me), but after going to Bilby and getting a demo/lots of info and help/books we just started on our own and were fine. So I don't know, but I bet it would be worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a spin-in!
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: People From WA, have you been to Bilby Yarns? on: June 20, 2007 07:21:14 AM
Oh I am so sorry I didn't see this topic! Like lupinbunny said, we did buy our spinning wheel from Bilby Yarns and have bought a freaking ton of fiber there too, LOL.

I know you have already been Flore (so glad you liked it!), but just thought I would add that the melanin wool fiber is super, duper soft and just about the loveliest thing ever, the natural colours are amazing (200gm for $8). They have wonderful merino fiber too, and the spun yarn comes out so lovely from both of the fibers. BUT, I haven't bought any of their yarn as it seems a little bit too scratchy for my sensitive-to-scratchy-stuff skin (although I didn't have a real big look at the yarns, I was interested in fiber), but the fibers are AWESOME. Mum bought a greasy fleece there too as she's a bit more rustic than me, I like my wool clean Tongue But they have masses of greasy fleece.

They also have books and spinning wheels, new Ashfords or second hands of different brands, spindles, carders, winders, DYES!!!, thread, needles, etc.

We got our wonderful wheel there and love it to bits (2nd hand ashford) and she was so very helpful and helped us with a couple problems we had afterwards, and is so very knowledgeable about everything to do with fiber, spinning, WA products and wool production. I also bought a ton of merino off her when she was in her old location (right next to my house, *sniffle* Wink) and it was excellent.

Anyhoo, love the shop to bits, it's quite small, but a treasure trove, and get her to help you out while you are there, you'll learn a ton. Smiley I also just bought a sample pack with all different fibers like flax, hemp, camel, possum, silks, etc. which is a really great resource.

PS. If anyone is going with a specific product in mind, you might want to give them a call first, last time I went in they were sold out of merino and ball winders.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: From batt to bag...handspun entrelac(pic heavy!) on: June 11, 2007 02:33:06 AM
Ohhhh amazing!! Smiley And I will never get tired of looking at cute little carded rolag snails. I love everything about this, the colour scheme, the yarn, the knitting...can't wait to see the bag!
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Beginner plying singles need help on: May 29, 2007 09:20:41 PM
loopy I have the same wheel as you, the bobbins are so little when it comes to plying! Smiley I have the jumbo flyer and bobbins but I've been too scared to put them on as of yet (I've only recently got the wheel Tongue), but the bobbins are quite a bit bigger than the normal ones.

I've also found that if there's only a bit left over you can kind of hand wind it onto the bobbin (after the bobbin refuses to spin anymore). I treadle and let the fibers ply together towards myself (the yarn is not moving onto the bobbin), then when there's about a yard of plied yarn, I hand wind it onto the bobbin (which is still in place on the wheel). I find you can get a LITTLE bit more on that way Tongue
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Please suggest a BLOG for crafts. on: May 28, 2007 07:33:55 PM
I'll put in my vote for Typepad, I love it Smiley

I'd personally go with blogger if you're wanting a free one (Typepad isn't), although I did have some image troubles when I used it.
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