Do you know someone who is ready to embark on a new craft? Or someone who is already waist deep in a textile adventure? If so, consider some of these helpful and enticing supplies to urge them onwards and upwards. All of them great gifts!
GiFTs FOR FELTERS
The Ashford Needlefelting Kit contains a rainbow of fleece colours, four colour coded felting needles, a learn to needlefelt book and a foam felting block, basically all one needs to start needle felting or replenish old supplies. $73
Or tailor your needle felting gift to suit the felter in question. You pick the colours! The Knit Cafe has a great colour selection; fleece is sold in 15gram amounts for $2.75 each, throw in a felting block $7, and felting needles (set of five) $5.50.
All the equipment a tapestry weaver will need and then some are pictured above. Many of them, like a weaving frame are essential, others are lovely luxuries like the wooden beater and bobbins and wool needles, all of which make composing your weaving design a real pleasure
1. tapestry warping yarn $21.50
2. wool needles $12 each
3. tapestry weaving frame $57
4. tapestry bobbins $13.50 for two
5. tapestry weaving beater $33.50
If you know some one who is interested in dyeing their own yarn, this combo of yarn and dye is a great way to get them started.
This undyed, merino, superwash, fingering weight yarn has 345m on each skein. It takes dye very well and is a luxury yarn at a not so luxury price making it a less precious commodity while experimenting with new dye techniques. These skeins are from Canadian company Mineville Wool Project, $14 each
Pair this yarn with Ashford Rainbow Wool Dye Collection, which includes the three primary colours, all one needs to get started, $28.75
For those who are interested in learning how to make their own yarn, the best way to start is with a drop spindle and some pretty fleece. Rug Hookers in waiting we have rug hooking tools! The Knit Cafe also teaches how to spin with a drop spindle and rug hook too! Check our class list HERE.
1. Drop Spindles $33
2. Rug Hooking Tool $17
3. and 4. Merino Fleece hand dyed by The Fleece Artist, 50grams, $11
Who’s excited to make stuff?