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Orenburg Lace Knitting by Galina Khmeleva

Morris and Sons Melbourne is pleased to host an Orenburg Lace Workshop by Galina Khmeleva on 19 and 20 March 2011.
It is a two day workshop. Runs from 10:00 - 16:00 . It costs $250.00 and includes lunch, refreshments and tea and coffee on tap all day.
A supplies list will be sent out upon booking and payment of the class. Supplies will also be available on the day of the workshop.

Please call Morris and Sons in Melbourne, (03) 9654 0888, to book and pay for your class. There are only 20 places available.

Galina's work can be viewed in a book called 'The Gossamer Webs Design Collection' so pop into the store and check it out if you're interested in learning the beautiful art of lace knitting.

Name of Workshop: An Introduction to Orenburg Lace Knitting by Galina Khmeleva
This class is designed to provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian style lace knitting. Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace knitting design; from pattern to border to cornering techniques. The ten basic elements that provide the very foundation of Russian lace knitting; mouse print, cat's paw, honeycomb etc. will serve as your guide, unique cast ons and bind offs, superior shaping using a modified short row method, a grafting technique that will "seam" almost magical in its simplicity and versatility and more. All this will provide the necessary tools to achieving lace  knitting bliss.

Students have to have some knitting knowledge. Be sure to book early as places are limited!

Flood Relief February

Help Morris and Sons to make a donation to the thousands of people that have been affected by the widespread flooding across Australia. We will donate $1 from every ball of Morris Yarn sold during the month of February. This is across our Melbourne and Sydney stores as well as online purchases, so dig deep to support your fellow Australians who are in need of so much at this tumultuous time. Why not donate your change? There will be donation boxes on the counters of our stores for you to contribute that little bit extra; as they say, every dollar counts! (Donations over $2 are tax deductible).

Choose from any of of our exciting Morris range:

Empire 2ply, 4ply, 8ply - 100% Superwash Merino. Our most popular yarn! Huge range of beautiful colours, with a touchably soft texture.

Sunday 4ply - 90% Cotton, 10% Cashmere. Great for babies and ideal for lightweight summer garments.

Paddington 6ply - 80% Bamboo, 20% Merino. Silky smooth and great to work with. Our most popular yarn for babies blankets.

Estate 8ply, 14ply - 100% Australian Wool. We've got you covered, the Estate comes in over 50 colours.

Quartet 8ply - 70% Wool, 30% Soybean Silk Fibre. A great option if your looking for something soft with a beautiful range of colours.

Arabesque 8ply - 100% Australian Wool. Something a little wacky to please those who love colour! Arabesque comes in 200g hanks so you'll have plenty to work with.

Pure 10ply - 100% Australian Wool. A classic yarn in a 10ply. Also suitable for felting.

Woollahra 10ply - 85% Wool, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere. Coming in 25 different colours the Woollahra is a great option for those heavier winter woolies.

Handspun Cashmere 12ply - 100% Cashmere. Made from 100% pure cashmere fibre combed from cashmere goats in Mongolia.

Handspun Baby Camel 12ply - 100% Baby Camel. Made from 100% pure baby camel fibre combed from baby camels in Xinjiang Province of China.

Handspun Angora 12ply - 100% Angora. With the sofest of textures, spoil your self with a little scarf made from this amazing yarn.

Fuel 20ply - 100% Australian Wool. Our thickest yarn, perfect for heavy throw rugs and scarves.

Also, if you have been meaning to throw out that old jumper you knitted back in the 90's, or you still haven't finished that blanket you started 5 years ago, now is the time! Some people have lost everything in the widespread flooding, so get in touch with your local charity and find out how you can donate those unwanted woolies.

All proceeds will be donated to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal, organised by the Queensland Government. If you wish to make a donation for those affected by the floods in Victoria donations can be made direct via The Red Cross.

Project of the Month - May 2010

Million The RobotThe Project of the Month for May 2010 is our brand new cross stitch kit Million The Robot.

Million is stitched on 14ct Aida cloth, and included in the kit are all the fabric, threads, instructions and needle you'll need.  Once completed he stands around 28cm (11") tall, and sufficient fabric has been included to make him suitable for framing.

(If you're thinking he might get lonely, Million also has a friend called Max!)

We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Kristin of South Hurstville who was our lucky 10,000th internet customer!  Kristin received her order for free, with our gratitude.

Project of the Month – April 2010

POM April 2010

Is the Spiral Scarf in Quartet.

This fashionable scarf will be the perfect addition to any outfit.  So simple to make - even knitter's with only the basic skills will be able to whip one up.  Requires only 3 balls of Morris Quartet 8ply.

Wrapped In Autumn - Autumn fashion windows

Over the past few months our in house pattern designers have been thinking about Autumn... even while Sydney sweltered in the last blast of Summer heat!  Just as the deadline for dressing our Autumn windows arrived, the weather decided to change also and turned towards chilly and wet.

Taking our inspiration from the idea of rainy nights in the city, we've created a range of five wraps and cowls in knitting and crochet.  The designs were also inspired by some of the latest fashion trends appearing on the catwalks; texture, volume and versatile pieces that can be worn a number of ways as hoods & cowls.

The fair isle patterned Addison neckwarmer is a circular piece that can be draped or pinned a number of ways.  Our Moscow Crochet Wrap is textured and tasselled, and in Eki Riva 14ply alpaca would ward off even the chilliest of days.  The unisex textured Enmore cowl is knitted flat, but buttons closed to form a circular neckwarmer that can be draped a variety of ways.  Alexandria is a stunning circular cowl knitted in horizontal bands of 2ply and 8ply Morris Empire 100% merino, which drapes beautifully and can be worn either twisted to hug the neck or draped artfully over the shoulders.  Finally the Logan oversized ribbed cowl is a voluminous piece knitted in 2 strands of Morris Empire 8ply 100% merino wool, which can be worn as a hood or twisted to form a striking chunky neckwarmer.

If you're stopping by also have a look at our other smaller window, where we are featuring a new range of yarns from Katia of Spain. In rich Autumn tones and shimmering metallics they're ideal for spicing up your Autumn and Winter wardrobe.

Morris & Sons is coming to a craft fair near you.

Throughout 2010 we'llOlympic%20Park%20Craft%20Show be bringing a mini version of our store to many of the craft fairs all over Australia. 

While we can't fit our entire 2 story store into one tiny craft show stand, we will be bringing a number of our most popular lines (such as Noro yarns, selected KnitPro needles and the very cute May Blossom range of feltcraft) along with our own fantastic range of Morris yarns.  We've also made some of our most popular items into kits, so you can grab the yarns and the pattern in one quick and convenient purchase.

Check the lisitings of your local craft fairs, and come and visit us!

Project of the Month – March 2010

POM March 2010Boudoir Capelet Pattern. The newest addition to the Morris Yarns pattern range is the dreamy Boudoir Capelet. It's the perfect little wrap to keep your shoulders warm as the evenings begin to cool down. Knitted in three beautifully blended colours of Morris Paddington 6ply for a romantic effect.

Available as a single pattern, or as a kit.

Project of the Month – February 2010

JPOM February 2010There's still plenty of time before Valentine's Day to stitch up these cute cross-stitch cards for your friends and family. With 5 different designs in the collection there's sure to be one that you'll fall in love with!

Not a stitcher? Try our Knitted Hearts pattern for a quick and cuddly present for your loved ones.

Project of the Month – January 2010

Jordana Paige BagsIt's time to get our craft stashes organised, so we can start the New Year in an orderly manner - and you never know - you may even re-discover an unfinished project or two!

So we've put together a collection of products to help you organise your stash:
The Clover Knitting Needle Tube Case is indispensable for keeping your knitting needles in order.
And if you have trouble keeping your pairs of knitting needles together then the Clover Large Coil Knitting Needle Holders are a nifty gadget, along with the cute Clover DPN Holders (Small) to keep your sets of double-pointed needles in good order.
For everyone addicted to the Knit Pro range of interchangeable tips and cables - grab some of their specially designed pockets to tidy up your collection.

For cross-stitchers - it's difficult to go past the DMC Gold Concept organising system. The little Stitch Bows are ingeniously designed so you can pop your skein of stranded cotton around them (no more winding the cotton around those little cardboard bobbins!), and then the Stitch Bow slides into Sleeve so you can find the colour you are looking for at a glance. The Lo-Ran system is also great for pre-cut embroidery and needlepoint threads of all kinds.

And of course, you can't go past the Jordana Paige bags for carrying your projects or a cute Sewing Basket for keeping all of your sewing essentials tidy while at home.