I've had a lovely Queen's Birthday weekend at The Oamaru Textile Exchange, with the crafting ladies, and where I sell my dolls. It's in the Victorian Precinct of Oamaru and members of the Co-operative that run the shop, make and sell traditional articles of clothing.
I was there to demonstrate needle sculpting and others were demonstrating what they do. If you doubleclick on the pictures, you will just see my doll display in the back and in the foreground, examples of needlesculpting and a rug made from Spindle Spinning! So thick & warm!
The other picture is the old traditional craft of Lacemaking. I'm told that families had their own patterns that they always made and was known as theirs. Even the children would learn their family pattern. Maybe the same was said for those that wove family tartans? I don't know. A piece of lace like this now adorns my Miss Kate doll's dress! It was a horseshoe design, that fitted around the neck of her bolero and just set it off!
I tried my hand at needlefelting, and I think it's something I could like. I have some ideas!