Ave's Rave. Artist/Tutor of Textile and Fibre...Living in Italy

Averil Stuart-Head....NZ Artist/Tutor of Textile and Fibre

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Last Post on This Blog

Yes, that's right, this is my LAST post here!!!!
Since this blog was compromised some weeks ago, I am not sure what happened, but I lost a heap of photos. I have replaced some of the posts that were affected. There are a couple of post's I haven't had time to fix. I may get around to it in the future. The page doesn't load like it used to.
The biggest problem is, that if you do have a problem with Blogspot or Blogger, there is no-one to help you fix it.
When I establish my new blog, I will come back and leave a link to my new one. Here is the link to my new blog:

I have loved this blog. It has given me a platform to keep track of my art, travels and life in general, which I have had made in to a series of books for my personal keepsake.
Thanks to the people who have followed and supported me here and I look forward to catching up with you in the future.
Please add your name to my mailing list, newsletter, so I can keep you in the loop.
Next week I will have 2015 dates for my www.amoreitaliatours.com
These small group, women only tours are really fun and give you a great introduction to Italy.
Come with me
Go to my new blog here:

Monday, June 16, 2014

I'm in love with my latest merino throw

Last week I worked on this my latest merino throw for a bed or sofa.
It is white with a hint fine blue merino and fine alpaca felted into the process along with English Leicester curly locks.
I love it. It is so soft and warm. Really is the ultimate in luxury.
These are all for sale
Luxury NZ Merino throw for bed or sofa

Lot's of designer merino cushions.

Wool Art. Very romantic.
From our Romantic range

Another romantic wool art with
silk chiffon


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kangaroo Dundee

I made Brolga (Chris Barnes, Kangaroo Dundee) a few small pouches for his baby joey's. He sent a note that they would come in handy, as the nights get quite chilly down to -5.
He sent this photo. Isn't it so cool. Baby Robert is 6 months old.

Check out his facebook page here

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A new look

I have given my lamp a new look. I casually wrapped this wall art around my lampshade.
I love the look.
The piece is a felted collage of merino, English leicester, lincoln, gotland, romney, angora goat. Very yummy

Monday, May 12, 2014

My Blog Has Been Hacked

It looks like my blog has been hacked. My photo's aren't downloading. I am really angry, more so, because there is no helpful system you can contact when anything goes wrong in Blogger and Google. Their help forums are useless, if you can find them. They are just so complicated.
I am am going to leave this blog and start another on Wordpress.
I will add the address when I am up and running.
Thanks to all my loyal followers.
You can catch up with me here
An Update: It appears I lost a heap of photos from my blog data base.......just awful. So instead of going to the trouble of starting a new blog over on wordpress, I have decided to add the lost photos again....such a pain. I am doing 2 posts a day

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Painted Room

On Saturday I discovered a really quaint shop called the Painted Room. It is situated in Spreydon, Christchurch. They have a great range of interesting stuff. I am very much into French furniture lately and I found 4 pieces which I will have fun fixing up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Queenstown Trip

We have just returned from a fabulous week in Queenstown and Wanaka. It has been a few years since we have been down to this beautiful part of NZ. I took all my wool products to give interior designers and architects an opportunity to view them with a possibility of recommendation to their clients.
It was really fun setting up our unit and meeting some of the top designers from this region.  An order for 30 bed runners for a new hotel chain was a great boost to my confidence.

Albert Town

We also stayed in Wanaka.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Captain Cook

Captain Cook.
  Born Nov 7th 1728..  Died 14th Feb 1779 

I am reading anything I can get my hands about Captain Cook and researching his amazing discoveries. What a truly remarkable man. The history he has left us in the form of his journals. That they survived at all is a miracle........yet....we were hardly taught about him at school, or the tragic circumstances surrounding his family.
So far I have read (by audio books, while I am working)
The Story of Captain Cook... by John Lang
Scurvy.....by Stephen R Bown.......A must read.
Presently, I am reading an E book:
Mrs Cook....by Marele Day.
So sad. Elizabeth and James Cook had 6 children. They all died, as did her husband of course, well, he was murdered in Hawaii, on 14th Feb 1779 . Elizabeth lived until she was 93. From the age of 52, was destined to live on her own.

More later................

Monday, March 24, 2014

Photo Shoot in the Country

The other day we went out to my friends barn in the country, near Kaiapoi, to shoot some of my felted products. These are for my new website here www.artfibredesignz.com
Below are some samples from our 'Romantic' and 'Wild' collections.

Autumn in the South


Luxury bed throw

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Years Art Piece for SAQA Auction

This is my donation for the SAQA Auction, which will be auctioned on 15th Sept 2014.
You can go here
http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3152 to have a look at all the pieces.

'Roman's' # 1        12" x 12"

'Roman's # 1' Detail

Friday, March 7, 2014

Didn't Make The Cut

Here is my entry for 'Living Colour' exhibition. Unfortunately, it didn't make the cut this time.

Images of Burano are set on snow dyed silk. Other silk pieces represent the canals of Burano. The colours are the actual colour of the houses on Burano Island. It is embellished with painted and dyed doillies to represent the fine lacework, for which the ladies of Burano are so famous. I have hand quilted the piece and bound it with sari silk.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Art + Fibre + DesigNZ is born

I have been busy making samples for my new online business Art + Fibre + DesigNZ in between helping Bruce with his new construction business, due to the high demand for his tradesmen's skills in light of the Christchurch earthquake 3 years ago.
Anyway, all this extra work has stopped me from blogging as much as I would like. Here are a few pics of my latest works.
I have turned to home decor as the backbone of the new online store (not ready yet) featuring all the lovely raw fleeces from merino and rare coloured sheep breeds, gotland, lincoln, eng leicester, plus alpaca, llama, angora goat. All products are hand produced and are eco friendly. These products range from eco designer cushions, wall art, lamp shades, throws, rugs and sets of felted stones.
I am sure these lovely pieces will add another layer to soften homes which incorporate schist stone and other natural elements, such as timber and brick.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Felting with Raw Fleeces and Alpaca Fibre

I have been so involved with my exploration of felting these days that I haven't got around to my blog.
Firstly, I have my new word for the year.
My word is..... PLAN.....

  • P...... P, is a great letter. It stands for prioritise, procedures, prepare, and of course plan, plan, plan. 
  • L...... is for LOOK...at all angles
  • A.....is for ACTION.... get cracking...do the work...do the work......do the work!!!!!
  • N.....is for NOW......do it now!!!!
In the past few weeks I have been able to put all this into practise and have set up some simple procedures, which are working so well.
Before I start a project, I now document everything in my little notebook. I start with the date and the project #, then, what the project is, what materials I have used and the finished size. I bought some luggage type tags and each project has a tag with all these details on and is attached when the project is completed. It is also noted in the notebook when the project is completed. To date I am up to P # 24.

P # 13 Waterfall


This is a piece I did a couple of years ago

P # 17 Wall Hanging from the 'Wild' Collection

What fun over the past few weeks going out into the country meeting new friends and finding different fleeces to work with. I have been to a couple of alpaca farms, a Llama farm and have sourced some fabulous Romney sheep fleece. I now have a huge assortment of different colours, textures, and lengths of wools and fibres. Then the fun of experimenting with all these new fleeces. The alpaca is delicious, so soft, beautiful colours.

Alpaca fleece

Alpaca Fleece

Beautiful soft Goltland fleece

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Kaikoura for New Year

We have spent 5 heavenly days at Goose Bay. Bruce has been working while I have been doing some felting. What an idyllic setting, bellbirds, tui, green/blue sea on the doorstep, pohutukawa out in full bloom. We have had a crayfish and 5 paua given to us....yum, I made paua patties
It is so New Zealand. Campers camping in the coastal camping grounds. Boats in the bay with divers, swimmers, kids having a great time exploring the fabulous rock pools. So relaxed....I forgot to take photo's...only a couple of my felted pieces.

These are the other pieces I have made over the holiday break.