Railway Cottage Studio Pop-up at Guild Dunedin

Twill Textiles is lucky be part of a guest artist pop-up shop at Guild Dunedin this month. And I have teamed up with three other crafty Nelson friends Nester Prints, Rosemary Horn and Tiny Pocket.

We often work together here at the Railway Cottage and collaborate on projects and products. Last week we sent a selection of handmade goodies to our friends at The Guild. We included our favourite hand woven and printed scarves, craft kits, art prints, cards, purses, bags, brooches and necklaces.

Plus a few new items that we have been making altogether for the last few months – including these soft velvet Huia bird Cushions.

A big thank you to The Guild Dunedin for hosting us all of July

If you’re down near the south of the South Island you can enjoy a visit this beautiful shop gallery at 45 Moray Place, Dunedin.  Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

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Autumn

Went for a little walk recently and was totally inspired by the amazing autumn colours. Warm yellow ochre, red rust, paprika, plum, warm sand, olive and sky blue.

So out came the yarns and a colourful yarn explosion took place in my little studio. By the end of the day, a new scarf warp was designed and made!

Can’t wait to get them on the loom. I’ll post some more pics once I start weaving.

 

DIY bird brooch kits

So excited that these are now ready and available in the Etsy shop and at The little Beehive Co-op, Nelson.

Each kit makes 1 pretty embroidered bird brooch and there are 5 designs to choose from.

The kits are designed and made with love in New Zealand and are a special collaboration between Twill Textile Design and Rosemary Horn  – who is an amazingly talented photographic artist, embroiderer and friend.

Ready-to-wear brooches are also available to order.

3 square loom weaving projects

Here’s a very small woven wall decoration I made for a wee corner of the studio. I improvised with my square loom plus some scraps of thick wool and cotton. It was really fun and quick to weave.

I also wove some small squares to use as make up remover wipes. They are made of machine washable organic cotton which is sooo soft and gentle.

Lastly, some tree decorations. Squares folded in half diagonally and stitched into triangle shapes. Glue a cinnamon stick inside and stitch a sparkly star on the top.

Both these little looms are available from my Etsy shop here.

Www.etsy.com/shop/twilltextiledesign

Ps. There is free shipping within New Zealand from now until the end of the year!

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.