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 🙂

beachcomber-dreamweaver

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.

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.