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 🙂
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.
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.
I’ve been working on a new design idea this week. Not sure if what I have in mind will quite work; so I’ve set up my loom with fresh cotton threads to start weaving samples next week.
Our Little Beehive has a new Facebook online shop. Just a couple of products from each co-op member at the moment but a it’s a beautiful selection of hand made goodness. Free postage within New Zealand too. I have this soft denim blue striped scarf for sale and a twin pack circle weaving kit. …so check it out here:
If you are visiting the shop in person over the next few weeks, you will be totally delighted by the current ‘Woodlands’ group exhibition which is really fabulous.
Two knitted infinity scarves (hand dyed mustard yellow and sparkly sea blues.) And one hand woven summer woodland herringbone.
I haven’t done a commission for quite a while, but this week a lovely customer came to the studio to choose her colours for a special birthday scarf. This is her initial selection.
It’s really exciting to be working with someone else’s favourite colours.
Update: 9/8/16 – Warp yarns are wound onto the loom and half threaded up already! this is what that yarns looked like all chained up earlier today. They look and feel very pretty already. Mostly natural fibres including merino, alpaca, silk, cotton and viscose. There’s a few very fancy threads in there which have amazing texture or colour changes which will add special interest.
Update – 10/08/2016. Started to weave today. This weft is a mixture of 5 very fine Alpaca,silk and cotton strands, all slightly different greens, wound together onto the same bobbin. Just plain weave but by no means plain.
Update – 17/08/2016 – The finished scarf. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and the new owner is already wearing it.