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Archive for April, 2018

A little bit of weaving

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

When I have time I enjoy a few minutes on my knitters loom, when I don’t have time it, folds up and slips behind the chair. Recently I’ve been using some lovely Jacob yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop and am quite pleased with the outcome, two delicious bedside rugs.

You can see the one on the left has not yet had the fringe finished and been blocked but I couldn’t wait any longer to show you.

I thought I would like the one with more white in best but I think the dark one is stealing my heart, how unexpected.

Nuno scarf workshop

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

I ran a nuno scarf workshop last Friday. Everyone began with white silk gauze and white Merino but the results are very different. Enjoy…

Didn’t they do well!  Thanks to Claire and Kath for modelling their scarves. I’m also very grateful for all the help I had in tidying up at theend of the day – thank you x

Wool Stories – The Felted Mill

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Yesterday morning was the opening of the exhibition down at Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills. If you recall my posts from earlier in the year when I talked about my involvement in the project, you’ll realise it’s been nearly a year in the making. There’s work from 21 felt makers, covering 2d and 3d work inspired by the mill, it’s contents or environs.

Is it a scarf?

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Well, it was meant to be. I had some lovely broad french lace which I thought of using for a nuno scarf. Carefully laying out the wool, I added the lace on one side and dyed silk laps on the other and began rolling. Stopping part way to check how it was progressing, I decided I really didn’t like it and promptly ripped the wool from the lace setting it aside as a pre-felt I could come back to later.

Ripping the wool off whilst it was wet meant it stretched and pulled it, it looked quite good, I began to have thoughts of using it as a collar on a pot, hmm….

 

To begin, I made a basic white pot on a resist and took it to the pre-felt stage with the resist moved. Using about half the scarf length I began pleating and tacking it in place before recommencing felting.

I really like all the chunky texture around the opening contrasting with the plain pot.

Really pleased with how it turned out and I still have half the prefelt and all of the lace leftover for another project. Should I bead the collar??

Vintage style book cover

Friday, April 6th, 2018

In my stash was a damaged vintage silk scarf which I thought it was time to use. I laid it onto a background of white Blue Faced Leicester wool and felted it to make a book cover.

It worked out even better than I had hoped and will shortly make it’s way into Out of the Ordinary in Skipton.

‘Wool’ pot

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

I had a little bit of printing left after my Armley Mills pieces were made and felt inspired to make a pot with them.

You can see I’ve cut round the shape of the letters, the plan being to shape the rim of the pot in the same way.

The word is repeated on the other side too but in a different font and true to form, I forgot to take another photo during laying out.

This huge O and fancy L are my favourite letters. The font on the other side was so large it was difficult fitting it all on.

I used silk paj printed and felted onto Blue Faced Leicester. I did consider embellishing the pot but wasn’t sure and allowed myself to be convinced to leave it plain. Sometimes less is definitely more.