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Work in progress

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

After the success of the last pots I wanted to make more but this time I’ve chosen to work in white to tie in with my work for Metaphor. Metaphor is the textile group to which I belong and we’re currently focussing on white work.

The inside is a layer of lace with four fine layers of wool over it. Then I’ve put some devore on top, the resist as you see, then I covered the whole with two more layers of wool. I’ve used a mixture of BFL, Swaledale and Shetland.

Cutting it open seemed to take quite a while. What I should be left with is some circular islands with the textured devore between. I will be stitching into the pot and thought that would make an interesting base to begin with, although I’m not sure quite yet exactly what form the stitching will take. Perhaps I’ll decide after the next post when I hope to show you the dry pot.

 

Turquoise wrap

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

One of the samples that I made for the nuno wrap workshop last month. I always seem to be behind in blogging about them but I will make sure that you see them eventually. The turquoise devore behaved slightly differently to the other colours and lost dye during the felt making but nothing too drastic.

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A flamboyant wrap needs a flamboyant corsage too.

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Using devore gives a great texture to the wrap and makes it super warm too for the colder weather.

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The coloured frill is so nice and really sets it off well if you use the reverse of the wrap. I always like them to be double sided and this side has dyed bamboo.

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I’m very pleased with how it turned out, it’s so pretty and turqouise is one of my favourite colours.

 

Wrap workshop

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

We had absolutely foul weather for this workshop, with people unable to attend due to floods and we had a leak in the hall. Despite this we also had a brilliant day with some stunning wraps produced. They were still wet when I took the photos so not looking their absolute best but, still stunning.

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I believe the one above is by Sheila who used Koala merino on a purple and black devore base.

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The white one is by Zoe who also found time to start a flower corsage to finish it off.

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This delightful one is by Sandra who used Lavender merino on a white devore base. If you look below you can see the great texture that using devore produces.

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Bright purple on a purple and black base – yum!

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Black Merino behind the turquoise and black devore with a peacock merino frill.

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I thought you might like to see it reversed. It’s the work of Kathryn 🙂

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I believe this one is by Alison and my sincere apologies if I’ve got that wrong.

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Aren’t they all wonderful! I get so excited when it comes to the end of the day and pieces are revealed, it gives me such a buzz.

Nuno + devore

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

I’m running a nuno devore wrap workshop in December and have been playing around with samples. This latest one is a charity shop find, no label but I believe it to be wholly synthetic.

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A silk/viscose mix would have been better. It’s a blue grey in colour although the later photos show it as more blue. I thought it was quite pretty if a little short.

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I carded up a mix of black, navy and cornflower Merino from Adelaide Walker and added some dyed throwsters silk waste for extra interest. As the scarf was so short I laid the fibres going across the scarf meaning that it would get narrower but not shorter. To compensate I also added a wool border right around the fabric making it wider and longer.

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You can see from the way the scarf has crinkled that I laid the fibres in one direction.

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I’m really rather enjoying the texture and weight of this scarf. The carded Merino colours compliment it beautifully.

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It’s amazing how few devore, especially silk devore, scarves end up in charity shops. I know I can buy fabric by the metre but I don’t want all my samples the same so I will continue to explore the shops and see what I come across.

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I can feel a non devore wrap coming on – must dash and play. Byeee