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Happy New Year!!

Chris Swadling

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and is looking forward to very happy and prosperous New Year!!!

This year has disappeared so fast but it has been a good year for the workshop, with the Soul Craft Festival and other things, it’s been fantastic meeting so many crafty people and it’s lovely to see the bowls and other bits and pieces I make end up with other makers and crafters.

Recently I put up a couple of videos about the Nøstepinnes, one showing how I make them and another with Jo showing how she uses them to wind balls from a skein of yarn.

With school holidays and a bit of family time coming up, things here will be on a bit of a hiatus until February but I hope you all have a great holiday period and I look forward to hitting the workshop and things in 2019!!

October update

Chris Swadling

First up I apologise for not getting any updates to the website for a while, no excuses, I just haven’t had a chance to sit down at the computer to get it done.

The Soul Craft festival was really amazing, it was so cool to get to meet so many passionate crafters and get to see their reactions to my work in the flesh, it’s something that you just don’t get to see when you present your wares over the interwebs.

Over the last few months I’ve done a few upgrades in my workshop space to make it more workable, this took a bit more time than I’d hoped but over the past couple of weeks I have been getting back into things like finishing off a few projects around the house and for some of the family

The news for the moment is that I’ve finally turned up some nøstepinnes for the website, these were very popular at the Soul Craft Festival. I was really pleased to see my nostepinnes popping up on instagram afterwards. I have shot a short video on how my lovely better half winds a ball from a skein using a nøstepinne, I’ll get that edited and posted on to the website/YouTube soon.

Some of the feedback that I received from the lovely crafters at Soul Craft was also that they would like to see some smaller sized yarn bowls as well. My main bowls are sized to fit a big Bendigo Wool Mills ball (200g) but I have turned a couple of small bowls previously. As a result I have recently picked up a large piece of American Black Walnut that I am turning a series of smaller 150 mm x 75 mm (6” x 3”) bowls from. These will suit smaller balls like some of the beautiful hand dyed yarns that I saw from the wool producers. I should also be able to make up some matching Walnut nøstepinnes to go with the bowls. I have three bowls nearly done so far and will be beavering away on those over the coming weeks.

Soul Craft Festival - June 9th & 10th

Chris Swadling

So in June I'm going to be have a stall at the Soul Craft Festival at the Meat Market in North Melbourne. So what is the Soul Craft Festival? In their words would be best:

Soul Craft is a festival for those of us who dream about making.

Soul Craft is a weekend long celebration of craft and connection presented by The Craft Sessions; created to bring the craft community together with lots of space and time to talk all things craft.

The program is two full days of all our favourite textile crafts in one big happy mix, from sewing to embroidery, knitting to natural dyeing, weaving to quilting. There will be ongoing speakers, panels, demonstrations, international and national guests, community projects, exhibitions, and a marketplace.

We want to celebrate the richness craft brings to our lives; how making supports us in our everyday, connecting us to ourselves and others and how it enables us to live the good life. Our vision is to create a space where we can come together and meet others in the craft community in real life, rather than online and spend time immersed in making.

As always at The Craft Sessions, our focus is on traditional domestic, textile-based handcraft and on the community that surrounds what it is that we do.

It's going to be a bit exciting and daunting to put my stuff out there in such a discerning arena but certainly something to look forward to. I'm going to get along with a bunch of Yarn Bowls, Crochet Hooks and other goodies, it will be fun to get to see up close how they're received rather than having the internet in the way.