Category Archives: Inspiration

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

Vav

 I sooo love it when the latest VAV magazine issue arrives in my mailbox. I saved this one for a little while before diving in – and am so pleased I did. Because now I can savour it and read every word from cover to cover whilst sitting by the fire at the Mussel Inn, Golden Bay! Just perfect. 

 

I love the editorial content , weaving projects, and even the loom &yarn advertisements. 

I especially love to learn about what the traditional and cutting edge weaving studios are up to around the world. There is always really fascinating mix of stories like how Tutankhamen’s curved collar piece was woven; and this one about a group of partially sighted people hand weaving a woolen sail cloth for a Viking ship.   

A change of seasons

It’s almost the end of winter here in Nz. This part of the world is so stunning and we’ve been very lucky this year with many bright frosty mornings.   

Here are two scarves I made I while ago –  inspired with the snowy mountains and the endless blue that surrounds us.

   

In anticipation of spring being just around the corner, I wove a few little circle ‘flower’ decorations – these are going to the Little Beehive Co-op shop. Each one an individual.

  
Today, I’m packing up some threads and circle looms as I fly towards the end of summer in northern hemisphere. I’m very excited to be visiting my family in the UK for a couple of weeks. 

Ka kite ano. 

On the looms…..

(Oops. I have now edited this post to include the photos that should have been in it! my apologies…..)

The studio has been really busy over the last couple of months. Amongst other things, I’ve made a custom guitar strap, some cloth of hand spun wedding dress strips, some slightly Art Deco geometric wall pieces and a few little bookmarks.

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The spinning wheel has been busy too, making threads from merino/silk and also from some lovely wool from B’s sheep, whose names are ‘white spot’ and ‘bad hair day’.

twill textiles handspun

….and off the loom, possible new work is emerging and developing inside a tiny sketchbook.

new sketchbook project

The Wednesday weaving students have been really busy too with beautiful scarves, table mats, rugs, tapestries and tea towels.

Student work in prgress term 2 2015

Phew! time for a little break to recharge the batteries. Weaving class will begin again at the end of July. Ka kite.

Handspun. To be Handwoven

Last weekend I managed to squeeze in a few very satisfying hours of hand spinning. This is a very special project I am working on –  it involves the deconstruction and up-cycling of my old wedding dress.

I am totally in love with the process and the results warm my heart. These ‘art yarns’ are soft, unique and very personal to me. I hope to use them together with the wedding dress buttons, beads and ribbons in a woven piece which I plan to start very soon.

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