Category Archives: Colour

Big stash of small hand woven samples

At the beginning of a project I always weave fabric samples to test ideas, play around with yarns and colours or to try out different weave structures.   

   This is one of my favourite parts of the design process: though it results in a big ‘stash’ of little hand woven fabric samples. 

 

I’ve been trying to use up some bits and pieces and this week I’ve made;
1. Cheery handwoven greetings cards

  

2. Tiny stud earrings 

 

3. A Handy Zip pouch  

Hope you’re having a productive week.

Extra Threads

Just in case anyone needs more yarn for circle weaving, I now have some ‘Extra Threads Packs’ listed in my little Etsy shop. There are 10 different colour stories to choose from here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/261895961/extra-yarn-pack-for-circle-weavers

Also available at The Little Beehive Co-op, Hardy Street, Nelson, NZ 🙂

 

Sparkly and Bright

It’s nearly time for the Great Christmas Market here at Founders Park, Nelson. 

I’ll be there on Sunday looking after the Little Beehive Co-op stall. So why not come down, say hello and enjoy a little handmade Christmas shopping plus heaps of special treats. 

I’ve been feeling very festive in the studio this week – totally excited by lots of beautiful yarns – golds, creams, textured whites, sparklies and bright jewel colours. Here are some little hand woven decorations currently in progress. 

   
    
 

Woven  bird decoration – a kind of/sort of tutorial :)

I had a very rough idea about making a little bird decoration from my woven circles. This is what it looked like in my sketchbook.   

And this is what I did – step by step – just in case anyone out there would like to make some of these too. 

I think they could look quite nice hanging around – maybe on the christmas tree?  (Sorry, I do realise it’s way too early to be talking about that)

1. Weave a circle in colours you love. 

     

2. Make a fluffy ‘tail’. (Wind some yarn around your fingers, secure in the middle, fold in half, secure a bit more and trim)   

 
    
 

3. Make some colourful braided ‘legs’ too.
  

4. Fold the woven circle in half and start to sew along the open edge. Don’t forget to attach the tail and legs and stuff with some fibre or poly-fill as you go (I put some nice smelling essential oils in the stuffing too!). And I made some extra stiches to fashion a beak shape.    

   
 

5. Sew on some beads for eyes, maybe some tinkly bells for feet and lastly a loop to hang it up with. 

   

And here is a baby bird too – made using my smaller weaving wheel.   

Hope you enjoy x