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.

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Jupiter weaving

I recently enjoyed weaving a special commission piece.

This fabric length is going to be a backdrop in an independent short film.  I also made the little alien creature with the red hat who lives on Jupiter. Both will be in the stop-motion section of the film, which probably lasts less than a minute.

It’s really exciting being a tiny part of this project. Will update you when it’s all finished.

Stripes

I’m using leftover bobbins of silk, cotton and wool to weave some colourful stripe combinations.

A few centimetres of each to be used as ‘blankets’ for some new Christmas decorations I’ve been working on.

Weaving a little bit of fun, merry and bright this season.

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

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.