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Archive for January, 2018

WSD Workshop

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

On Saturday I was lucky enough to run a workshop for the Bradford Guild of Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers who meet at the Bradford Industrial Museum. It’s a really nice light space and the guild are so welcoming. If you fancy popping along and meeting them their meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday in the month and I highly recommend it as a great way to spend a day.

Anyway, my task was to teach a nuno scarf workshop and it was ace! Looking at my pictures afterwards I’m not sure I captured them all (the end of workshops always seems hectic) but most are here for your delight.

We were working on silk chiffon and using Blue Faced Leicester wool with Wensleydale fleece plus various silk and plant fibres for shine and interest.

There are so many options for laying out the design/wool e.g. extending beyond the silk, covering part or all of it that I thought it would be helpful to take away some of the angst by working solely in white. Plus, of course, there’s expertise in the guild should anyone decide to dye theirs afterwards!

It was a good decision as people did indeed have a lot to think about and some stunning designs and ideas came our of the workshop. Working in white helped to focus attention on the process and I’m sure everyone could now go away and repeat the nuno felting at home.

As you can see, there was also quite a variety of shapes for the ends of the scarves as some trimmed away silk and / or extended beyond it.

How lucky was it to have a black towel to show off this snowflake and icile fringe design scraf?

I can see I’ll have to recommend people bring dark towels in future as they’re such a good backdrop. On Friday 13th April I’m running a nuno scarf workshop in Otley, West Yorkshire and you can book direct here.

A little bit of weaving

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

I’m managing to do a bit of weaving now and then, not as much as I’d like but then I am busy with felt making for an exhibition coming up at Armley in April. Below are my latest woven scarves.

Woven on my rigid heddle loom with a 7.5 reed. The orange scarf has the same warp and weft but the blue one has 2 shades of a denim colourway yarn with the paler being used for the warp. I was quite pleased with the blue one and my edges are definitely improving, the orange one however, I was bored and just wanted to finish it so I rushed. It’s perfectly serviceable but I’m really not keen. At least I learnt from it and made the next scarf more intesresting.

I’m ery pleased with this one. The warp is two colours of aran weight acrylic yarn from my stash and the weft is a fine yarn which I bought from a charity shop and have no idea what it is, just that I liked it.

I love the way it turned out and as I no longer beat the weft down so hard they’re even quite soft! The lesson learnt this time, to start chellenging myself more with colours and patterns and not just the plain weave. Wonder if I’ll do that?

 

Felt vessel workshop

Monday, January 15th, 2018

There are a couple of places left on the felt pot workshop next month, Friday 16th February. We begin with the British wool fibres and finish with a seamless felt pot, so you’re making the fabric and the pot in one go.

Whether you’ve done no felt making or just 2D felt before, I know you’ll love this process as you feel the wool transform under your fingers from wet and slippery to a firm fabric that holds it’s shape. It really is magic.

The day runs from 11am to 4pm and costs £55 which includes all materials and use of equipment. It takes place at Clifton Village Hall, Otley.All you’ll need to bring is yourself, a packed lunch and a towel. You can book direct here.