A quiet moment in the bush during Guide camp a couple of weekends ago. I was waiting at one of the final stages in an Amazing Race activity which meant I didn't see anyone else for a while. My phone needed charging so I used my camera which I haven't used for a long time, I tried the macro setting but I think I need to find the manual and learn how to use it properly.
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Patterns left in the sand as the tide goes out fascinate me as evidenced by the many photos on my phone and woven shibori seemed like a way I could reproduce them in my weaving. My main reference was the book, Woven Shibori by Catharine Ellis which the awesome Auckland Library has available has an e-book and then lots of looking around the internet.
|All gathered up ready for dyeing.|
|Starting to gather up the pattern threads.|
The warp and weft is 2ply wool from Anna Gratton and the shibori pattern weft is 10/2 cotton.
I wove the fabric in tabby and the pattern weft was woven in some simple twills. I used acid dyes and fully imersed the bundles in the dye solution, then applied another colour(s) with a brush along the edges and steamed it to set. Some patterns were more successful than others but overall I was pleased with the results.
And then I cut it up and made a jacket. The pattern is the Indochinese Jacket from Creative Dressing by Kaori O'Connor. This book has sewing and knitting patterns as well as being an interesting read and I recommend picking up a copy if you ever come across it. It was published in the 1980s which is when I got my copy :)
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
I've just been to the Creative Fibre education event "First Light Fibres" which was held in Gisborne. It was a great event, lots of classes to choose from and people to meet. One of the classes I attended was Weaving with Art Yarns led by Hilde Blank. It was fun playing with my yarns without any specific plan in mind and I like the end product though I'm not sure what I will do with it yet.
Yarns: my own handspun and dyed yarns, mostly wool but some mohair and silk fibres and dark greyAshford Tekapo 8 plyLoom: Ashford SampleIt rigid heddle
Dimensions (after washing): 1.29m x 19cm