Fibre fun

A fibre art weekend at Tupare in early December drew several hundred people to watch members of Taranaki Creative Fibre spin and knit items from newly shorn fleece.

Tupare fibre art weekend.

There were also have-a-go sessions for those keen to try their hands at a variety of fibre art techniques including tapestry and loom weaving,  wet and dry felting,  silk spinning and paper making,  knitting,  standard and Tunisian crochet,  dyeing and the fibre "collage" technique known as scrumbling.

A variety of fibre artworks were on display, and handcrafted items were on sale.

Below are some pictures from the weekend

The Tupare tractor will never by the same again ...

Happy felters ...

First, shear your sheep ...

The fibre art weekend started with the basics — shearing the sheep.

Shearer Matt Denson got the weekend started by shearing eight sheep shorn, much to the delight and fascinating of onlookers.

Below are some pictures of the shearing demonstration

Before ...

The sheep before shearing.

During ...

The sheep before shearing.
Shearer Matt Denson hard at work ...

The sheep before shearing.
... with enthusiastic helpers pitching in.

After ...

The sheep before shearing.

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