Kia Kaha World

Announcement – March 2020

Hello. Just to let you know I’ll be weaving and working from my tiny shed at home.

Thank you to all workers of our essential services for all you do. I’ll be staying in to keep healthy and out of the way – but more importantly to protect our vulnerable community members and to help break the chain of transmission.

Extra cleaning is also going on in the studio and we’re not receiving visitors presently.

Free shipping is available from my little Etsy shop to all over the world – at least whilst the mail is still going strong.  (Amendment April 2020)- Currently not processing orders due to lock-down level 4 here in New Zealand. Will be back as soon as possible.

Feel free to contact me if you need any extra weaving help.

You can also see what’s going on in the studio over on Instagram.

We may be physically distant but there’s no need to feel isolated.

Stay safe and happy, K

Yarn trials

As we head into quiet winter months here in NZ, I’ve been taking time to weave some new things. These beautiful yarns come from a local farm (The Woolshed, on Takaka Hill) which is run by a friend and her family.  The natural silver and charcoal greys are from friendly Gotland Sheep. The off-white wool is from Perendale sheep. All are un-dyed and have been mill spun here in NZ.

It feels great to weave with and I am really happy with the fabrics that have been coming off the loom. Here are some cosy pillows finished this week. These are a combination of mostly cotton and wool – plus a tiny bit of added man made yarn for sparkle.

Gotland is lightweight and very warm. It also has really good drape and a subtle natural sheen, so it’s calling me to weave a blanket soon.

Another of Gotland wool’s natural properties is that it makes great felt. I’m trialing this on a different loom.  Once woven, I firstly washed these samples by hand in hot water and soap; but then I got a bit braver and put them all into the washing machine, followed by a tumble dry. Once felted, it is possible to cut the fabric without too much fraying – which could lead into all sorts of fun projects. I’m beginning a few useful drinks coasters – just got to decide whether to keep the blanket stitch edging or not.