Spinning Fibre

July is Spinning Month, along with Tour de Fleece, and the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. We had lots of colourful packs of spinning fibre ready to spin their way out the door. And then Covid, and #lockdown5.

So we still have loads of fibre! And it isn’t going to spin itself. This is untreated (feltable) 29 micron coloured top from the Woollen Mills. Priced at $6 per 100g bag. To buy online, please message us through here, Facebook, or email elmoreyarns@gmail.com. We can post anywhere within Australia for a flat $10. Payment through PayPal or credit card (DON’T send me your card number over the internet! I’ll phone you). Buy 10 packs or more, and I’ll throw in a mixed pack for free. Colours available until sold out.

    Rag Weaving

    The ultimate upcycling – ripping pre-loved quilt covers to shreds and making something fresh and useful. The warp for these is 100% cotton (or bamboo) which has been hanging around in my stash for way too long. The weave (or weft) is colourful cotton/polyester fabric, ripped into 1″ strips, and woven through in a plain weave.

    My first test run went big, using almost the full width of the loom, and 80cm between hems. This short warp of 8-ply cotton samples from Tim’s dye lab yielded 2 decent size table/counter/bath mats, and a leftover strip for a bar mat.

    Okay, so these are a tad too big for your average table setting. Time to downsize. Next on the loom was some variegated 10-ply cotton for warp, slightly narrower, and a lot shorter. And voila, placemats!

    Warp #3 was 100% bamboo yarn from hell. I’d stashed this years ago, when BWM discontinued it. I’d knitted one lacy top and buried the rest. Out it came, time to get used. Held double, because it’s lightweight for an 8-ply, the warp behaved itself, more or less. The cloth was a heavy cotton plaid, which would have been lovely once. I actually really love these now – the colours just work.

    Warp #4 is going on the loom as I write. The last of the 8-ply dye pot samples, this time all the warm reds and pinks, teamed with a bright orangey quilt cover. This one will be a floor mat for the cabin.

    Learn to Knit Workshops

    Sunday 16th May 4-6 pm

    Tuesday 18th May 1-3 pm

    Tuesday 25th May 7-9pm

    $30 – book and pay in store. Price includes:

    • Patons Learn To Knit leaflet (RRP $3.50)
    • 50g ball of Patons Totem or Cleckheaton Country 8-ply (RRP $5.50 – $7.50)
    • regular coffee/tea/chocolate (RRP $4.00)
    • 10% discount voucher off next purchase
    • $10.00 off next workshop
    • max class size: 4 participants per session

    Skills needed: none to refresher
    BYO needles to suit yarn, buy from Op Shop next door, or buy in-store at 10% discount.

    92 Railway Place, Elmore
    email: elmoreyarns@gmail.com
    phone: 0412 438 086 Louise

    Mother’s Day May 9th

    Heads up! It’s less than 2 weeks away. Need some ideas? Luckily for you, we have some handmade things that Mum will like (we’ve done the hard work for you), and we have some SPECIALS until Mother’s Day only.

    Handmade soaps! New to the shop, but I have been making and using my own soap for a couple of years, and neither of us now use anything else. These cute little heart-shaped soaps include luxury butters, milks, and cosmetic-grade clays to make a super-smooth facial soap. The results on your skin are instant.

    Introductory price $4 each, or FREE with a handwoven towel.

    Handwoven towels, pure luxury. More being added as they come off the loom, only available in-store. $50 each.


    Learn to do stuff! By request, we’ll start with the basics:
    * Learn to Knit (skill level: none to refresher)
    * Learn to Crochet

    Then move onto the fun stuff:
    * Knit an asymmetrical shawl (skill level: beginner to advanced)
    * Knit top-down socks using magic loop (skill level: intermediate, or adventurous beginner)
    * Knit a top-down jumper (skill level: intermediate, or adventurous beginner)

    My plan is to offer a 2-hour session, with pricing and inclusions depending on the workshop. All workshops will include a hot coffee/tea/etc, a 10% discount voucher for any standard-priced items, and my undivided attention for two hours.

    But first, what days and times suit you? Please click the boxes and/or leave a message. This poll will be open for a week.

    Handwoven Teatowels

    Hi, and welcome to the blog. To start us off, let me introduce you to the Shop Loom. If you’ve wandered past the shop in the last few weeks, you will have seen him in the window.

    “Wolfie” is a Schacht 1991 Baby Wolf 4-shaft floor loom, who has just celebrated his 30th birthday. I have owned him for just under 5 years, but we haven’t really done a lot of weaving together, with him spending much of that time folded up in a corner. Coming down to the shop has brought him out of retirement.

    We are currently weaving up a storm of cotton towels, using up my stash of Heirloom Cotton 8-ply, as well as a small (*cough*) pile of bargains from the factory back room (yes, we shop there too). This is unmercerised cotton, which makes it lovely and soft, but really hard-wearing. They can be used as hand towels or tea towels, and can be thrown in the wash along with everything else.

    Towels are 45cm by 63cm, and priced at $50.