Utilitarian

I was heading towards the end of this indigo blue cotton warp…. but there wasn’t quite enough to weave another scarf…..so I finished it with a set of washcloths.

Soft, simple and useful.

I am sharing my weavers notes here, in case anyone would like to have a go at making something similar. They would make great eco-friendly gifts, especially if teamed up with a nice hand-made soap.

Warp –

  • 3 ply denim cotton.
  • Total of 173 ends (width approx 8.5inches by 1m/1.15yards long – this was the end of a warp).
  • Sett at 20 ends per inch (10’s reed with 2 warp ends per dent).
  • Herringbone threading plan (see diagram below)

Weft –

  • a mixture of 4 ply and 8 ply cotton and linen,
  • woven in a 2/2 Twill (sometimes reversed to weave diamonds)
  • 12-16 picks per inch depending on which weft yarn was used.
  • Each cloth was woven 11-12 inches long on the loom but did shrink a bit when washed.
  • I added a fine plain weave turnover seam at the top and bottom of each washcloth using 2/20’s cotton weft. And a crochet chain tie in one corner to hang them up to dry.

Loom – Four shaft Ashford table loom, with a direct tie up pedal stand. This is the thread up pattern I used.

Denim blue Herringbone washcloths

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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.

Tapestry Weaving in March

Weave your own contemporary wall hanging. Using small frame looms, you will explore simple weaving and knotting techniques and have fun with colour, texture and shape.

Sessions will be from 7-9pm every Thursday evening in March (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th) and will be held at the Little Beehive Co-op in Nelson. Please plan to come along to as many sessions as you can in order to complete your piece – weaving is slow and steady work 🙂 Each session costs $20 plus a little more for the yarns and materials you use.

Everything will be provided but you’re welcome to bring along any special materials you wish to incorporate in your piece. You might also like to go foraging or beach combing for a strong driftwood stick (or something similar that is about 20cm long) to hang your piece from.

There are only 4 places left, so please book soon.

A5 Heart weaving kit Workshop feb 10th and 11th 2017

 

Learning something new

This week I had a lovely email from a customer. She told me she had been using the little circle looms to make ‘Tenerife Lace’. 

I was very intrigued as I’d never heard of this before. So I spent a little while with Google and having a go at weaving. It’s quite fascinating so thank you KO for pointing me in this new direction. 

  

   
I need to practice my knots but here is my first test of this technique.   

It’s pretty rough but I think Tenerife Lace might make a nice snowflake decoration or cup coaster.  And wouldn’t it look amazing if lots of these round motifs were joined up to make a lacy fabric!

 I think I will try it again but use a crisp cotton or linen thread instead. Or maybe some bright colours to make this very traditional technique look more contemporary. 

If anyone else would like to have a try, here are the two online resources I’ve been following to get me started…..

https://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books/archive_012.pdf

And

https://archive.org/stream/teneriffelacewor00thde#page/6/mode/1up

Hope you have a lovely weekend. 

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.

Guitar strap yarn wrap and weaving  guitar strapwedding dress yarn weaving IMG_3166 prep for weavinghandwoven bookmarks

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.

Wednesday Weavers

Introducing the ‘Wednesday Weavers’ – a new beginners course for anyone interested in learning to weave.

knitters loom green scarf

The course is split into two parts as follows:

The first two/three sessions are spent learning to weave on looms that are already set up so you will be weaving fabric samples from the first week.

Then for the remainder of the course, you will work on a personal project; learning to plan and design, choose suitable yarns, set up a loom and weave an item such as a scarf, table mat, wall hanging or a small fabric length suitable for later sewing into a bag, purse, cushion.

During the course you will practice using visual inspiration to guide design choices, become familiar with a loom and other studio equipment, set up a loom from start to finish, learn to weave basic fabric structures using various yarns and fibres, create fabric samples and finally weave a personal project.

Each class will run at Founders Park, Nelson from 10am -12noon, every Wednesday, for eight weeks starting on the 11th February and finishing on the 1st April 2015.  The course price for Term 1 is $195 and all materials are included.

If you are interested, please book your place through the Chalkle website or email me directly.