for more information about fibre art, mohair production or farming Angora goats:

FIBRE ARTISTS (some of our favourites)

Prudence Mapstone's fabulous Freeform knitting - see her many books on this subject at


Jude Skeers - Australian creative knitting artist known for his mobius knitting plus other styles. Jude is also a wonderful exponent of kntting with LD yarns and is our wandering Ambassador for our mohair yarns in particular.

Connect with Jude on Facebook.


Jan Everett is an established Fibre artist specialising in wet felting. Her beautiful garments can be purchased at select markets around Melbourne and at the annual Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo. See some of Jan's work under the label Svelte Studio


Jane Thornley Free range knitting (US Fibre Artist & author)


Victorian Feltmakers

offer a range of felting workshops as well as lots of other support for feltmakers and would be felters. Contact Narelle Higgins <>


Canberra Region Feltmakers

This is another active group of felters who organise workshops and exhibitions etc. They also stock Lara Downs felting products from time to time..


Some Lara Downs yarns and knit kits are available from the National Wool Museum, Geelong Vic Australia. This is a wonderful resource for all lovers of fibre with it's extensive collection of wool industry artifacts, historical information and a wide range of fibre art, natural fibre clothing and kits for sale in their shop.


other TEXTILE art galleries & Fibre art supplies:

Open Drawer is a wonderful mix of fibre art gallery, fibre art supplies and workshop hotspot. They stock some of our yarns and various felting and embellishing products. Visit them in Hartwell/Camberwell (Melbourne) or via

Other useful links for Fibre art

Kraft Kolour dyes & fabrics inc wool, mohair, silk etc with an online shop

TAFTA - Fibre Art magazine

'Yarn' , "Felt" and "Embellish" magazines, great value Aussie produced magazines with global reach.




PATTERN SOURCES There are some terrific sources of knitting and crochet patterns available for purchase on line. Here's some that look good to us. is a fabulous on line interactive community for knitters. It is a fantastic source of patterns (both free and for small payments) and is unbeatable when it comes to yarn listings and descriptions. Lara Downs yarns are listed there and our projects are listed under "Mohairgirl".

We encourage you to post your experiences with Lara Downs yarns on this site for all the world to see. Better still, send us a photo and we will publish it on our site and/or our Facebook page as well. Please make a point of linking your LD based project to our yarns. You can also chat to Mohairgirl and see her projects there. (pseudonym for Pam from Lara Downs).

http://store/ Vogue Knitting has been a leading knitting/crochet fashion publication for many years. Knit 1, one of their offshoots for a younger audience is also a great offering for interesting patterns. You need to pay for these patterns to down load them, but the price is small and worth more than a look.

Congratulations to our own Jennie Pakula who's pattern was not only accepted for publication by TC, but graced the cover. Jennie's latest pattern for Lara Downs is also due to be published in the next edition of the Australian magazine "Yarn" another online source of good patterns

Remember that these sites are based in the US and may require you to convert the patterns into Australian measurements.

Please let us know if you have other fav pattern sources which should be listed here - thanks. Pam



  • some other ANGORA GOAT STUDS in AUSTRALIA with websites :

Sorry, all studs previously listed have either been sold or their website moved. Contact AMMO for updates in sourcing Angora goats.




Australian Mohair Marketing Organisation (NSW)

Australasian Mohair Trading (Melbourne) ph 0419 352 399



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