As I work on the final details of my 100% West Aussie outfit, I have been thinking about all the wonderful local artisans I have met along the way.
I thought I would share my list of local textile resources in one place so that anyone interested in buying local can start from here. I will add to this page as I find more or if you tell me of something I have missed.
The Green Fiber Directory – South West Australia
firstname.lastname@example.org 08 9574 5577
Hazel and Michael run both an alpaca farm and mill. You can buy yarn and felted alpaca from them direct or send them a fleece to have it processed. They process yarn from all over Australia.
2. Pit Willow Alpacas, Northam
08 9622 3411
Alpaca stud, selling both yarn and fleece
3. Windella Alpacs
Breeder selling fleeces
1. Bilby Yarns, Harrison Street and Hillary Street Willagee
08 9331 8818
June sources the majority of her wool from South West Australia. Local fleeces, roving and local hand spun wool is all available. She is also the centre for spinning, weaving and knitting equipment in Perth.
2. Sheep Farms – there are no certified organic sheep farms in Western Australia, so I would love to hear from anyone who recommends any particular grower for their sustainability efforts.
Margaret River Silk Road, Harmans Mill Road, Metricup
08 9755 6401 email@example.com
Local producers of silk cocoons, and silk ethically woven in Cambodia.
Mermaid Leather, Esperence
Makers of products from barramundi skins, waste from the fishing industry.
Sweeter Bananas, Canarvon
A lead I am yet to follow, but this semi local banana cooperative seems like a good place to start a conversation about the possibilities of using stem waste to make fiber.
Native Dye Plants
Poppy Patch‘s, Mt Barker
(08) 9851 1875
Nursery for native plants including native indigo and other dye plants. Request ahead of time. Fiona is also a natural dyer and runs occasional workshops in her area.
Eco Couture and Natural Dyers
1. Jane Flower, Folios and Fiber, Gelorup, 0411 035 638
2. Trudi Pollard, Armadale Hills, 08 93997049
3. Charlene, Tierra Ecologia, Armadale Hills, 0411 548 964
4. Penny Jewell, Walpole
All of these dyers use local plants to dye fabric and hold semi regular workshops.
Natural Dye Additives
1. ALUM, Pharm Aust, Welshpool 9311-0700
2. Lime, Lime Industries, Osborne Park
Ask for enviro lime or lime putty. Without surfactants.
1. Feltwest, Craft House Alexander Park, Clyde Street, Menora
The epi-centre of all things felt in Perth. If you are looking for classes or inspiration this is the group to call.
This very active group in the Albany area runs regular workshops on felting and natural dyeing days.
Felting supplies and classes. If you are looking for undyed local wool, check first.
Weaving and Spinning
If you want to learn to spin or weave, or just hang out with some textile nerds on a regular basis this group will hook you up with a nearby group and you can get your nerd on. The regular newsletter for members also lists second hand equipment for sale.
Other Education Centres
1.Fremantle Arts Centre – textile courses on felting, dyeing, sewing, basket weaving.
2. Local Councils – over the year I have noticed that many regional councils and arts centres have workshops of interest.
And Finally, Perth Sewcialists!
Photos from a trip around the south west in Spring 2015.