Friday, September 17, 2010

Sunrise Oolite and a Woolly Jumper

Gosh - sorry (Queen Grand Purl Baa) I've been so very awol!  This absence will probably continue for a while until I get the sack from my 'proper' job.



I've just had this little woolly brooch returned to me from an exhibition in Waiheke Island - it features a piece of one of my favourite gemgrade fossils called 'Oolite' from the fantastic Heart Of Stone Studio (its such a satisfying word to say).


Oolite describes a sedimentary rock formed with ooids (meaning "egglike") - spherical grains in concentric layers.  This oolite comes from Wyoming and is multicoloured with pink and gold spots of fossil.
Other materials used: Faux bone, sterling silver, merino wool (needle felted), base metal washers and microscrews, Thai Karen Hill Tribes fine silver beads (purchased Fair Trade), copper backplate, small beads and a brooch & pendant clasp.
Length: 7.5cm (about 3 inches)
Width: 6cm (about 2 1/2 inches)

I have mainly been knitting recently - it has been very cold and rainy here in NZ and so this happened...


Useful for keeping warm and doing bank jobs.
The thick/thin 'meltwater' wool I bought on sale from the yummy online NZ yarn shop called YarnTraders - run by the lovely Helen who stocks exotic and unusual yarns, fibres, felt and fabrics.



I'm hoping spring/summer will be here soon so the evenings are lighter and I can get more 'creative' stuff done instead of wanting to curl up under my duvet and block my ears to the sound of the constant rain. I can't believe it rains more here in NZ than it does in the UK - how is that possible?


14 comments:

Grand Purl Baa said...

Gees you didn't need much prompting. There you are blogging! Woo hoo. That is a WILD jumper. REALLY wild.

ArtSparker said...

Good to see you and your delightful creations, they look wonderfully warm. Your kids are going to have some great memories.

Ginga Squid said...

I need a kick up the backside occasionally!
Thanks L & S for your warm woolly comments!

Fresca said...

I've missed seeing your nothing-else-like-'em creations! Nice to see these---LOVE the sweater!
And anything that starts with "oo".

Andrea Graham- Feltmaker said...

:o)

Jasmine said...

Good to see you back. Oolite does have a satisfying ring to it doesn't it! Hope your new job goes well xJ

artistudios said...

It's great to have you back. I really miss your lovely posts!

grrl + dog said...

So is that the kid version for when he helps you do the bank job?

I am so curious as to what it might be.

Pam de Groot said...

Good to see you back in the blogosphere. Brooch is beautiful and just my colours. Do enough of those bank jobs and you can give up the proper job!

wooldancer said...

Love the scale of your broaches.. beautiful.

Revere said...

Your work is so lovely and creative! I absolutely love it!

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