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.


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.

Big loom

The old loom works again! I spent a few days rebuilding it and dressing it with a nice new warp. Then worked out how to get the ancient IBM computer running with giant floppy disks and MS Dos commands. Finally, I learnt how to input my own weave structures and got the computer talking to the loom mechanism. Each day, I challenged myself to a new step until finally it all started to come together.

I even got to talk to two previous owners – who still live in the region. The loom frame itself was made in Auckland by Landlooms and was moved to Nelson in 1992 when it was converted to a computer assisted 8 shaft dobby loom by David Thorpe. It now sits quite happily filling up an entire room of the Railway Cottage At Founders Heritage Park.

Happy 2018

Kicking off the new year with a quick, fun little weave.

I first saw this woven planter project in Maryanne Moodie’s Book ‘On the Loom’ and wondered if I could make it using my circle loom and an empty yarn cone as a guide.

It worked out pretty well and now have a tiny hanging plant brightening up the place. (I’ll get out in the garden soon and transplant a real one 😉

Birds and clouds

Here are the little brooches Rosie and I made together.

Each one features a hand woven or printed fabric with some exquisite embroidery stitches, placed snuggly in shaped wood frame with a ‘vintage look’ brooch pin on the back

They’re now in the Little Beehive co-op, Nelson and are priced at $35each.

If anyone would like to make one using their own special fabrics in this way, we will shortly be offering the frames separately for DIY projects. Please send a message if you are interested.