Yarns are carded by hand using locally-sourced sheep and alpaca wool, and cotton from Australian growers. We draft, spin and ply the yarns on our Ashford spinning wheel.
Image left: Handspun Australian merino wool, undyed.
Nålbinding (also known as nalebindning, nalebinding, naalbinding, or simply, ‘needle binding’) is one of the oldest forms of needlecraft. The oldest textile fragment of Nålbinding dates from c. 6500BC in Israel, and fragments of Nålbound garments have been found in Peru, Egypt, Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Nålbinding was widely used by the Scandinavian Vikings in between the 7th and 10th Century AD. Nålbinding predates knitting and crochet, which appeared around 13th Century and 19th Century, respectively.
Nowadays, Nålbinding is still used in Scandinavian countries (such as Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway) as well as Peru and the Balkans .
Image right: Nålbinded hat using the åsle stitch created by Claudia Husband using variegated merino wool and hand-carved needle.
An age-old craft, knitting is one of the most common forms of fibre art. We use our hand-dyed and hand-spun fibres to create wearable garments and household items. We teach regular introductory knitting classes with Work-Shop Brisbane, and are open to commissions and collaborations.
Image left: Trip to Pirates Cove shawl knitted with Tawny Threads fustic-dyed yarn. Pattern by RhyFlower Knits.