Yvonne Roedema of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

I have been planning this blog posting now for ages but time, weather and other assorted things got the best of me.  I know that this is long time in coming, Yvonne knows that, you however did not know this so sit back and enjoy this treat.  I am very excited to share this artist and these two wonderful felted creations with you.

Dress 2 closeup

Yvonne bought some of my 15.5 micron Merino from the Alba Ranch Shop Online.  I include a hand written note on the receipt always and usually ask  they send photos of what they create as I just love to see.  Sadly most buyers do not send photos of their creations.  Yvonne did. and WOW were they great.  I asked her if I could write about her two creations and show photos and she said yes.  The photographs were taken by Ky Von Burg, Yvonne’s youngest son.

The second dress was made with the same materials as Dress 1 but she used a small amount of colored stretched merino to create the subtle color at the front.

 

Dress 2

 

Back of Dress 2

Yvonne’s process of how she creates is similar in what I have seen and read about wet felting.  She does one thing that I had not seen personally before which was using a template from a well fitting dress.  Duh that just makes wonderful sense.  How smart she is!

For both dresses she used a bubble wrap template which she loosely based on a well fitting dress and then enlarged by 50 percent. She laid the wool top on the template very thinly, in all directions with some overhanging on the outsides. She then wet the wool with soapy lukewarm water and then laid the silk fabric on. Because the fabric is larger then the template it folds and crunches. She then turned it over and did the same. She folded the overhanging bits over to create a whole.

Closeup Dress 1

She started felting by putting some netting over the top and rubbing both sides. When it starts to felt, she starts rolling it. When it shrinks, she takes the template out, roll it more and finish off with extra felting where she wants to shape it more.  She probably used between 150 and 200 grams of wool top for each dress.

I think it is amazing that she created these beautiful dresses using such a small amount of fiber.  I, for some reason, thought felting like this took so much more fiber.  That may explain why my first attempt at a scarf created something that I use for a table runner on my grand piano!

Dress 1

The first dress was made using paj silk and the 15.5 micron merino wool top she bought from us. The dress was then eco printed with eucalyptus leaves.

 

You can visit Yvonne’s shop online and see more of her wonderful creations.

 

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Journey for the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Certificate

I just signed up to take a new course.  Journey for the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Certificate.  I haven’t done any recent schooling as with the move and all been way to busy.  This course will take about 10 months to finish and will be focused on Fiber and Weaving and everything fuzzy and fun.

Majacraft Course Loom

I will get a cool new loom designed by Majacraft specially for this course and a neat coloring book as well as the 8 different Modules.

Images of the Journey Coloring Book

 

I am excited as I haven’t done anything like this for a while.  I am also worried that it might be one to many To Do things, but at least it will be an enjoyable To Do thing.

 

We get our first module on November 15th and will have 6 weeks to complete each module.  It will involve spinning and weaving and probably other fiber art things as well as reflection and thinking.  Are you going to expand your creativity and take this course?

 

 

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Broch the Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD)

Here is my Broch.

Broch perfecting his “eye”

Livestock Guardian Dog.  LGD for short.  He guards.  That is what he does.  He is super smart and here you can see that he has learned a thing or two from the border collie’s and started to perfect his “eye”.  That is eyeing up MY PLATE!!!!

 

Broch doesn’t guard outside with the goats full time any longer.  He is getting on in years and has some hip problems, but he still guards INSIDE with me.  He particularly likes to guard any rebellious Scottish Walker Short bread that looks like it might jump ship off my plate or any chocolate Biscotti.  He worked outside guarding for numerous years but he is in his retirement now.

Broch loves Charlie.  They are buddies.  If you don’t believe me, just ask Broch.  Charlie bought him a VW bus because he can’t jump up into the suburban any longer.  Is that love or what?

 

 

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Zaro’s unplanned pregnancy Quads Born Oct 11, 2013

Zaro was bred to my buck, or so I thought. Her due date would be in a month. She kidded yesterday with quads.

Kid 1. Doeling with blue eyes. $75

2 doelings and 2 bucklings. all very large and same sized. up and feeding. All my stock is registered however not knowing the daddy for certain, I cannot register the babies.

 

 

Kid 2. Buckling with brown eyes. $50

 

I will be selling them as unregistered stock in a few days as bottle babies if anyone is interested. $75 for the doelings and $50 for the bucklings.

 

 

 

 

 

Kid 3. Buckling with blue eyes. $50

 

Zaro was a FF that was doing 4 lbs a day milk. This is her second freshening and she is one of my easiest hand milkers, expresses easily and did allow a couple of bucklings to wet nurse some.

 

 

Kid 4. Doeling with brown eyes and frosted rings at base of ears. $75

 

Interested??

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Alba Ranch’s Precious

Precious

I just wanted to introduce you to Precious.
No reason.
Just thought you might like to see her. 
Have you ever seen such a set of ears on a baby Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goat?

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