I am under the weather, feeling sick and a little despondent.
Time to look at some of the handmade treasures that have come my way over the last few weeks as I marked turning a little older.
My friend made the round button brooches. She used to run Buttons By Loulou and luckily for me still gives buttons for birthdays! The yarn ball brooch is made in Melbourne by Madz Has Run Away.
These also arrived in the post recently. Fine wool combs from Petlyn Fibres in Jindera, New South Wales. They are a family run company that makes the only Australian manufactured wool combs. Yes, apparently we still do manufacture some things! They had a stall at the Bendigo Wool Show where I got to meet the makers and see how the combs worked. These combs were purchased from the prize money I unexpectedly received in the post from the Bendigo Wool Show Woolcraft Competition!
Just in case you are not a spinner, wool combs are used to remove vegetation and short fibres from fleece and align the remaining fibres in preparation for a worsted style of spinning. You can also use them to blend coloured fibres together. I have been using a flick carder up till now but I haven’t been that happy with the results and all the teeth have gone wobbly. Combs are reputed to give a more consistent result with admittedly a bit more labour.
The combs came with instructions, but if any spinners out there know of a good tutorial on how to use wool combs, I’d appreciate a recommendation.