Friday, 15 June 2018

Gladstone Bag

The Gladstone Bag

The Gladstone bag is finished, lined in glazed cotton, and with two pockets inside.  It measures roughly 16" wide by 10" deep.


Inside, you can get plenty in!
Close-up of the weave structure.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Woven fabric, the latest....

I have been using wool to make a point draft weave with a twill structure.

The warp chain
Here is the warp made, chain linked and ready to 'dress' the loom. 

The next picture shows the threading up.  It's quite a tedious process, accuracy is paramount, but careful work results in an accurate and successful weaving.
Threading hook at the ready

The fabric is woven in bands of colour, then washing (fulling) takes place.
A closeup of the weave structure.

It will be used for a project, stitched into something.....?!

I will post a picture of the result when it is finished.

Friday, 18 May 2018

'Waves', the stole.

The finished stole, measuring about 6ft in length, light, warm
and sparkling with silver threads.
The stole was woven in kingfisher blue mohair, white hand-spun Alpaca and Cashgora, with the warp made from royal blue Cashgora, as was the long fringe.

A photograph taken at Scarborough, of the sea,
which was the inspiration for the weaving. 

The waves, close up, white surf, undulating waves
 and sparkling blue.
The weave structure is undulating twill.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Hanging Grimston Exhibition

Here are some pictures from the 'Art and Archaeology Exhibition' from July 2017. 

It was a Community Arts Project, with many items of artwork on show inspired by the archaeology and landscape at Hanging Grimston, the site of a deserted Mediaeval village that was being excavated.

The theme of my work was 'the Wolds', and the colours taken from photographs of the May countryside, with the trees and fields showing fresh spring green with bright yellow oil seed rape in adjoining fields.  Dark shadows provided contrast with sheep grazing the site.

Here are two sheep hand knitted, with needle-felted bodies.

Two cushions woven with a different weave structure, and complimentary machine knitted pieces made up into pleasing examples.

The machine knitted technique is knit-weave.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Update, April 2018

A lot has happened since my last post. 

After gaining a HNC in Weaving at Bradford College Art School I now have a working studio, and established teaching of spinning.  Commissions and experimental work in machine knitting combined with weaving, creating exciting new textures to compliment and contrast, making cushions, rugs and throws.  More on that later, when I will feature some of the latest designs with pictures on this web-site.  Watch this space!

Monday, 10 November 2014

November update

It's a while since I last posted, so I thought I would share a picture of a cushion I have made recently, using a piece of fabric woven in wool (mostly), with machine knitted borders in the same fibres that I used in the weaving.

The result is lovely, the 20" square cushion.  When fulled and stitched together, with 'snap fastener' tapes sewn into the enclosure, it has been a success, a method I shall repeat.  A small fairisle band was incorporated into a border, outlined in a pick-up technique of dark brown wool like a piping roll.  The resulting fabrics is lovely and soft.

The reverse side
The reverse side is equally interesting with different bands of weaves running across the panel.

I have done a lot of spinning, with occasional dyeing sessions, producing some very interesting colours. 

Knit and Stitch show, Harrogate, is coming up at the end of this month, so another boost to the enthusiasm in these dull autumn days.

I should add, that I have completed the HNC textiles course at Bradford, Graduation is at the beginning of December.

I will post some more soon (promise...!!), as I have a lot of projects on the go, with some interesting developments in my search for local and interesting fleece to process for spinning.  Machine knitting too, is taking an upturn, with interest from enthusiasts in this area.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The last lap...

The final collection
Conclusion is fast approaching of a two year exciting trip along 'learning lane'.  Samples are woven, final pieces prepared and ready for showing, and my head is buzzing with last minute things to do.

Here is a picture of the final collection.

Block weave.
The feathers pattern is more clearly seen on the left.

A thick fringe borders the throw which is in gold, rust, dark brown, black and grey bits picked out here and there.

The black cushion below is a chevron designed pattern, using the same warp as the above cushion but threaded in a point draft.

Black chevron cushion
(Yes, it took some doing, especially when faced with a lovely block weave I'd just used, and then I pulled it back through the heddles and re-threaded.)  Cashmere was used in the borders and some of the alternate warp threads re-threaded in brilliant yellow Cashmere.  The result is quite striking.

White rectangle cushion
I have some warp left on both my looms, this is for 'playtime' when I let caution to the wind and attempt weaves just for fun, just to see what bizarre weave structures I can create. 

        .....well, 'Woolfest' beckons!  My favourite date in the calendar.

Family have been neglected so I must visit them.  The garden is in a mess - partly due to all the rain and mostly because I've been giving weaving all my attention...., and the house needs cleaning throughout following building work now completed.  No time to get bored!