Friday, July 30, 2010

FREE Felting Demonstration - Friday 6th August

I have just realised that my last post re the winners of my Giveaway was the 50th Post on my Blog! Wow!!  It has been a steep learning curve, but I really enjoy keeping you up to date with what's happening at Precious Purl!

Next Friday 6th August at 2pm we have a FREE demonstration of wet felting using prefelts by Chrissie Lauritz of Fibre Fusion.

We stock Fibre Fusion's great range of Felbi Logs, Planks and a large selection of beautiful matching 18 micron wool top. Come along and be inspired by Chrissie, she is a great teacher and has a wealth of Felting Knowledge to share.

You will need to contact us by email (go to my profile) to register your name, as places will be limited. There are only 2 or 3 places still available.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Winner is........

Thanks to everyone who left a comment about the gorgeous hand dyed Fat Eighths now available at Precious Purl .

Here's the tin with all the cut out names surrounded by all the projects, inspirations and clutter of my work table!!!


     The Winner is ......

Allison loves purple, so a purple fat eighth, along with some other goodies will be on the way to her very soon.
Just because I have enjoyed reading all your comments, I have decided to give another fat eighth away as well and this goes to Mary who loved the greens. Enjoy!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Haddon Wool/Craft Expo - Sunday 25th July

We had a fun time at the Haddon (Ballarat) Community centre yesterday. Our "Make & Take" table was a big hit with felted silk flowers, felted flower brooches and dry felting to be tried!

One small poppet who thoroughly enjoyed creating, just happened to be my Great Niece! Any family resemblance here? Certainly a love of making!

These felted Silk Flowers created lots of interest yesterday and are now available in Kit form with full instructions at PreciousPurl.

The guest Textile Artist, Penny O'Neill - Crochet Queen extraordinaire, did go "via Botswana!!"
but with the help of many locals, finally made it to instruct us in dc's, trebles and chains!!

This promises to be an Annual event so we look forward to seeing lots more people next year.

Don't forget my Giveaway! Last day to leave a comment is tomorrow, Tuesday 27th July.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Haddon Wool Expo - Sunday 25th July

This Sunday we are off to Haddon Community Centre, 396 Sago Hill Rd Haddon (west of Ballarat) for a fun time at their Wool/Fibre Expo. Local crafters and wool enthusiasts, Lara Downs/Precious Purl  and
Penny O'Neill , crochet Queen, will demonstrate and involve visitors in all sorts of wonderful "Fibre Fun".

Refreshments available. Great goodies to buy! I hear there will even be some sheep there!!

If you live in the area and you are a knitter, crocheter, felter, spinner, weaver, embroiderer or just an interested by-stander,  we would love to see you between 11am and 3 pm.

Don't forget my Fat Eighth giveaway! You have until the end of Tuesday 27th July to leave a lovely comment to be in it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hand Dyed Fat Eighths - Precious Purl Giveaway!!

A great new product for Precious Purl is this range of hand dyed 100% Cotton Homespun Fat eighths.
Exclusive to us, these wonderfully patterned pieces will appeal to Patchworkers, Sewers and all Textile artists. They come in a great range of colours, the 3 pictured below, plus brown, black, purple and orange/yellows. Shelegh, the dyer, will gradually add to her colour range.
If you would like one of these!! Read on!!

I have decided to give one of these fat eighths plus some other surprise goodies to a randomly selected lovely person who leaves a comment on this blog by Tuesday 27th July! Tell me your favourite colour and I will try to select one that you would like. Good Luck!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Australian Wool & Sheep Show - Bendigo

What a huge, long weekend !! Precious Purl made the trip to Bendigo for this amazing show, the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. We met so many customers, old and new (not talking about birthdays here!) It was so busy and a bit of a blur, but great to see you all.
We joined up with the merry Ravelry band on Saturday night for dinner. It was awesome to see so many knitters/crocheters working away while chatting, eating and drinking.  

Here's the divine Miss Kylie Gusset taking photos in the Precious Purl/Lara Downs stand, no doubt for her next feature in a yarn magazine!! while Pam looks after business!!(sorry about the blur, the eyes weren't functioning very well on limited sleep! and I didn't manage any other photos for the weekend!) The Lara Downs yarn still looks luscious!
If you missed the show this year, make it a must for next, it just gets bigger and better.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Please Note!!

Precious Purl will be closed on Thursday 15th July, Friday 16th July, and Saturday 17th July.

We will be attending the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show and you can find us in Osborne Hall, Site 6.
This is an amazing event! Put it in your diary now if you are interested in Natural Fibres.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Brisbane Textile Art Festival June 25-27

Just a few pics taken at the Brisbane Textile Art Festival a week ago.

Gill Venn of Fibreworks blending beautifully with her collaborative crochet piece background.

The Queensland Quilters had a beautiful display.

The Art of Recycling competition was amazing!
This jacket was made from a 20 year old Kaffe Fassett jumper, taken apart and given a new life .

Loved these Zipper flowers.

I had a wonderful 2 days at this Festival with my friend Lisa. Lots of coffee, eats, meeting friends, improving our crochet skills, (not practised in the last 20 years or is that 30 in my case???) some spending and much oohing and aahing over textile and fibre delights!!! Highly recommend a visit to next years!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Where have I been??

Well, you may have wondered!!
No! I hadn't really died and gone to heaven!!   Almost!!
I've been to lovely warm Brisbane for the Textile Art Festival held at the Exhibition Centre, South Bank, last Friday 25th to Sunday 27th June. Had a wonderful time chatting to many like-minded Textile and Fibre lovers, doing workshops, seeing what's new, catching up with a friend I had not seen for 12 years, and thoroughly enjoying all that Brisbane has to offer.
I will post some pics when I have done my 2 days at the shop and "re acclimatised" to this COLD!