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 🙂

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Yarn Fun

Having some fun with gorgeous colours and fibres.

New summer-time tassel garlands made this week. (2.5meters long $37.50  – custom lengths and colours available at $15 per meter )

I also made some ‘Twine’ on my old ashford spinning wheel. It’s great for gift wrapping and craft projects. ($4 for each 5m length)

Available at The Little Beehive Co-op, Nelson or message me if you would like some direct.

 

 

Textile machinery and knitting for a change

Those of you who know me, are aware that I am a bit of a geek about textile machinery. I’m mainly obsessed with looms, but also get excited about yarn winding gadgets, warping mills, bobbins etc.

I took a break from weaving and looms this week, and instead dusted off my very old knitting machine – a very basic Brother machine which I bought second hand a very long time ago.

It took me a while to remember how to clean the machine, get knitting with it and how to keep the stitches from dropping every five minutes (as well as how to hold back tears every time the whole piece of knitting fell off the needles and unraveled in a heap on the floor 🙂

But after a lot of trial and error, I’m quite pleased to have a set of four infinity scarves. The restrained colour palette is inspired by some indigo, denim and marl fabric swathes I had around the studio and the fibre content (cotton/viscose/silk ) makes them soft and drapey.

They should be cool enough to wear at the end of summer or in spring. I think I’ll wear one and put the others into the shop.

Sparkly and Bright

It’s nearly time for the Great Christmas Market here at Founders Park, Nelson. 

I’ll be there on Sunday looking after the Little Beehive Co-op stall. So why not come down, say hello and enjoy a little handmade Christmas shopping plus heaps of special treats. 

I’ve been feeling very festive in the studio this week – totally excited by lots of beautiful yarns – golds, creams, textured whites, sparklies and bright jewel colours. Here are some little hand woven decorations currently in progress. 

   
    
 

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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