Beachcomber, dreamweaver

I’ve been wanting to make one of these wall hangings for a long time. I simply tied on some natural textured yarns onto a piece of driftwood (using larkspur knots); attached some delicate beach finds; did a bit of hand weaving over and under groups of threads here and there; and finally, added a touch of silvery sparkle.

Think I’ll call it a ‘dreamweaver’ – maybe it looks a bit 1970’s, but spending an hour quietly making something with natural elements has made me really happy 🙂

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Yarn Fun

Having some fun with gorgeous colours and fibres.

New summer-time tassel garlands made this week. (2.5meters long $37.50  – custom lengths and colours available at $15 per meter )

I also made some ‘Twine’ on my old ashford spinning wheel. It’s great for gift wrapping and craft projects. ($4 for each 5m length)

Available at The Little Beehive Co-op, Nelson or message me if you would like some direct.

 

 

Sampler

Working out weave structures, motifs and colours for my new mini collection today. Inspired in part by lovely fair isle knitting but mostly by these ‘Fair Isles’ of Aotearoa.

 So far so good but, still some way to go.

At lunchtime, I went for a little walk around Founders park and was wowed by this sight. The deep pink blossom carpet on a cloudy day just made me smile – and feel blessed that my studio is situated in such a pretty heritage park.

Commission 

I haven’t done a commission for quite a while, but this week a lovely customer came to the studio to choose her colours for a special birthday scarf. This is her initial selection.

It’s really exciting to be working with  someone else’s favourite colours.  

Update: 9/8/16 – Warp yarns are wound onto the loom and half threaded up already! this is what that yarns looked like all chained up earlier today. They look and feel very pretty already. Mostly natural fibres including merino, alpaca, silk, cotton and viscose. There’s a few very fancy threads in there which have amazing texture or colour changes which will add special interest.

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Update – 10/08/2016. Started to weave today. This weft is a mixture of 5 very fine Alpaca,silk and cotton strands, all slightly different greens, wound together onto the same bobbin. Just plain weave but by no means plain.

Update – 17/08/2016 – The finished scarf. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and the new owner is already wearing it.