Thursday, 29 April 2010

Portfolio collection two

I finished my section set of samples for my portfolio yesterday.
These ones used rope to create loops and ribbed textures, designed to be displayed as flat hangings or stretched over canvases.

big loops

whole collection

sample four

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Portfolio collection one.

I've finally got a few samples from this project to put into my portfolio!

All based on ideas I had at the start with elastic and wool, and using the dip-dyed stripe warp that I've fallen in love with.


close up sample five

close up sample four

close up sample three

close up sample two

close up sample one

Today I'm playing with rope, hopefully I'll also have another collection by the end of the day!

Thursday, 22 April 2010


I love the feeling of weaving something that looks like real fabric.
I need to make some mock-ups of these moss/fungus growth pieces. It's going to be a long weekend!

front view

more subtle changes


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

This coming month = a very steep hill

I've so much to do, so this is just a quick progress post!

Some pintucks and subtle colour changes

side view

subtle colours

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Paints out...

I feel so depressed being cooped up inside on perhaps the nicest day so far this year. But it is all in aid of a decent grade, so it's no ones fault but mine for not keeping on top of everything.

paint splashes

Ruth Laskey

Whilst doing some artist research last week, I came across Ruth Laskey, a textile artist who creates these really delicate and beautiful pieces.

Her use of colour, and the way it subtly gradates, has become really inspirational to the way that I dye my yarns and plan the stripes within my warp.
So my loom is ready and waiting to weave on Monday, and today is such a nice day that I feel quite depressed spending it indoors. I'm tempted to go out and buy some folders, if just to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, but it's a Saturday which means I'd only get stressed out!
I suppose I shall just stay in and work through my sketchbook, design ideas and planning next weeks weaving.


tied on

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Some Work

I haven't really posted all that much of my work since I've finished it off. are the highlights. Haha.

elastic warp and faux pintucks
Elastic extra warp creating a pintuck effect

elastic warp
Elastic extra warp. It has pulled tighter on one side than the other, hmm.

elasticated weft
Elastic weft. I like the contrast between the flat and rippled areas.

danish medallion with rope
Danish medallion technique with varying thickness yarns.

danish medallion with elastic
Danish medallion technique with thick elastic. Created a really interesting texture.

Mohair pintucks.

mohair linen texture contrast
Mohair and linen. Like the difference in texture, hairy mossy mohair and the rough linen.

floats and dip dyed warp
My favourite, floats and a dip-dyed warp.

Back to the Loom

Yes, I'm back to weaving again. I put on perhaps my largest warp yet, 30 inch wide and 14 foot long.
I can't wait to see how it turns out, but I still have the long task of threading it up!
Here's a few photos of it going on. I love the dip-dyed stripes!

laid out in stripe<

ready to wind

wound onto the beam

ready to thread

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Moss Jars

Laura sent me a link last week to an etsy shop selling these beautiful jars and other items embroidered with 'lichen' and 'moss'.
They're very similar to some ideas that I had earlier in this project, it's a shame that my ideas have progressed in a different direction, they would have been a real inspiration! They still are, but perhaps not for this project!

All pieces featured are by Ottoman, who can be found here (blog) and here (etsy).

Moss for your Wall

Lichen Brooch

Moss Jar

Sunday, 11 April 2010


I've just returned from a short trip to Hastings. I think a bit of down-time and some fresh air was just what I need before this last month and a half of seriously hard work.
In fact said as month and a half rather than 6 weeks sounds frighteningly short.



I loved the silhouettes and shadows that the castles formed


Sign in the window of an antique shop



Underneath the old pier, the ropes gave me a good weave idea!

Banner attatched to the pier


As always, other photos are here