Thursday, May 28, 2009

A few Sunny Days

Winter has arrived, some snow had fallen down south, winds brought the cold closer to home, along with it came the rain. Not so bad we did have some nice sunny days giving me some much needed time for wood work.

Thanks to a friend Alan who re-sawed some recycled Oregon and created a coffee table for my daughter. I had the task of sanding and finishing it finish is Wipe On poly.


Having a few bits of Oregon to play with I tried turning a piece with good results, so much so Sue loves it for its colour shape and size. Finished with a Macadamia Oil






I have also been working on a couple of other turnings one of Jacaranda with a rim of Jarrah and finial the same.












The other a road side pick up given to me by Brendon another friend timber is unknown and suited my first attempt at a natural edge bowl our daughter has proud possession of this one.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Baby Blanket for Sally













From multi-coloured weave to all white baby blanket for Belinda's future sister in-law, edged in satin.
Its too easy just to tie on a new warp instead of threading each time but when you are using the same threading its so much easier and you can be sure that there are no mistakes. For this baby blanket I used a commercial 2 ply wool in an off white and added some random warp ends of spun white silk caps. A straight forward twill pattern was used to weave it then cut off, fulled in the machine on a gentle wash for a short while, spun briefly and hung out to dry. After pressing a satin edging was added along with a label and it was ready for delivery and just in time for Leo's arrival.

A quick repair & a Pen



This old Elizabeth wheel which belongs to Joan Fischer needed some TLC the legs had become unstable one of which needed to have the T-nut removed and re-set and glued in with epoxy.

While I was doing the repair Sue was busy making Joan Fischer's farwell gift a fine slimline pen with Huon Pine and Emerald green clip. Joan has retired from Fairfield Spinners & Weavers and moved to Narrabeen. Joan was founder of the Farifield Spinners Weavers & Dyers Guild which celebrated its 30th year in 2008.

Garden Visitor



We sat and watched this fellow trying to blend in to his background and then hide to catch native bee's, sadly they were to fast for him.

Daughters Wedding Shawl









Sue spent many hours searching for the right pattern before knitting this into our daughters wedding shawl - she is getting married in August. The pattern comes from "Knitting Delight", a german Yahoo group for lace knitters. Small whit beads were added that were not in the original pattern. These were the same beads as used in the tatted edging for her veil.

In between and for something different Sue was making a set of lace Bobbin's for a friend out of Chop Sticks.

These have been drilled at one end to allow Kat to put wire and beads on.


A Gift



This NSW scented Rosewood bowl became a gift for an old school friend whom I had not seen since leaving school back in the late 60's. Funy how paths cross we met up again in hospital me with a broken Tib & Fib him with a cage around his shin. Since then we have kept in contact Many thanks Allan for the reformed friendship.

Ray

A Coloured Bag Weave












Sue started this shortly after the her last post its a bit like coat of many colours, well a couple of bags to go with it. The weaving is completed more photo's to come as it progresses.