Fibre-art covers many aspects of my craft, spinning fibres with a wheel and spindle, weaving on one of my three looms, making peg-loom rugs and seat pads, felt making and felt made pictures, needle felting, and inkle weaving.
I knit with knitting needles and also with knitting machines. Crochet and Tunisian crochet are included, I sometimes write patterns and sometimes follow others.
I have been machine knitting since 1985 and was City & Guilds qualified in 1994. It is interesting to see how hand-spun yarns knit up on the machine, and to mix them with commercial yarns. I prefer to use natural wool, the handle of this fibre surpasses all man-made fibres, it is a challenge to use as shrinkage is to be assessed with experimental work before making up a piece of either machine-knitted or loom woven fabric as shrinkage is to be taken into account before a piece is even started.
Some of my work is shown below.