Sunday, 20 May 2012

Wool And Felt And Avoca


I came across some wonderful things from this company some time ago. They make the most amazing goods from wool. Their woven throws and blankets are stunning and their hand knits are imaginative and very trendy.  I particularly like their scarves and gloves and recently bought myself one of their capes. The company is based in Avoca Village,  County Wicklow in Ireland and they have a great website - see it   here ...  The company started in 1723 as a co-operative when local farmers got together to weave and spin their wool and remains today in the same mill premises with an ethos relatively unchanged. I love their stuff - do take a look.

My lovely cape

A Lovely Seed Stitch Cardigan

I have really become fascinated by knitted things and have been trying a little seed stitch (moss stitch to some) and found it quite difficult as you really need to concentrate on each and every stitch. I recently made a mistake, which I did not notice for six rows and then had to unpick and rework it until it was corrected. It was difficult to pick up the stitches the right way round and so I have decided that no more seed stitch for me ... although this does look wonderful.

A Little Time Waster

I love felt - why have I not used it more? I sometimes make tiny things but realize it is so much more versatile and it is possible to turn out reasonable items in an hour or two. I have been under the weather recently and so it is nice to be able to relax with just a few items and craft. Today I thought I might try a simple pincushion.

I cut a few shapes

Did a bit of simple decoration

And a bit more decoration

Sewed the top and the sides with blanket stitch

Attached the bottom in the same way (leaving a small gap to stuff it)

Popped the stuffing in

Now to sew up the gap

Close up

Another close up

Now for a bit of decoration ...


  1. Oh with you totally. I have a few scarfs I bought over the water but they are in John Lewis now. Too tempting!

  2. I love the pin cushion - very sweet xxx

  3. Thank you so much for posting this, I visited the Avoca mill on my honeymoon 7 years ago, but couldn't for the life of me remember the name... now I can! I remember feeling overwhelmed by how beautiful their products were, I really wanted to buy one of the blankets x

  4. Oooh, oooh, I was in Avoca in March! Shame I'm allergic to wool lol

  5. Love the cape! I'll bet you look very chic in it. :-)

  6. I was visiting to send an email to check f you wre ok, glad you are up to posting again . Jackie took me to Avoka last time I went to hers, we saw the waving on 100 year old mills, and hada scrummy lunch! X x

  7. What a pretty pincushion. I agree, felt is lovely to work with, and like you I keep wondering why I don't make more of it.

  8. Great knitted items and very pretty pin clever!

  9. Love the felt things. Have some photos for you of things you might like to try. See you next week.

  10. I loved reading about your felt dolls and your crafts, hope you are well Love faithx


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