Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spin, dye, to Yarn

To go from fleece to yarn is bringing much intriguing effects. I went from the 2nd image to the first and was amazed at the outcome. A process which brings with each step a varying mix of responses, but I keep going because the learning of what happens to the wool each time it is changed is stimulating ideas and play.

I was felting into noodles; from fleece which then gave myself the idea of using the drawn out sections of fleece in spinning was a possibility. What everyone will have guessed by now. Is that I have only been shown a very basic amount of spinning on a drop spindle and this is working for now as it allowed for me to accept each yarn made and colour; I played with teaching myself new things without judgement.

Watching fleece that is so vibrant while drying. Then below I am testing out ways to store, show the colours with plaiting.

The process of making my own yarn or in future felt or other ideas from my own dyed fibre/yarns is fun or who knows sell to people to make exciting textile pieces.

To end this blog I show some more spinning on the 3D spindle; I got from the Bendigo Wool and Sheep show last year. I have many more options of colour and types of wool that are now on a long list of trying and using in textiles.

Motto - Remember fun, play and experimentation in fibre brings much joy.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I have started to explore fibre from its basic processed point of cleaned, carded commercially. What would I do to this material of wool that is sourced locally by myself and here is the start. I ended up with many fun moments in many processes that I can now do more comfortably. A old idea from many moons ago and I thought unachievable is now done in a new and different way for me. But I start with dyeing, using food colour, much time, patience and choices of which colours, red, blue, green, pink, sooooo many to do.  Then I practise my new skill drop spindle spinning which gives many hours of portable fun and conversation starters. along with comfort in finally spinning as a standard wheel is not an option.

I  use fibre from others this time to make lamp, which also included glittery bits. I then brought together my light shade with my spinning to explore shape and interest which was always there in the fibre.  I do a sort of pre-draft of the sliver that made it easier to manage thickness of spun fibre and still allows me to stretch out the strand into hopefully a nice single yarn. (SEE BELOW)Plying was still new and has changed the way the singles looked. The many colours in the images shows how it gives a very interesting end 2 ply wool yarn again drop spindle done.

I have been wanting to make lights but wondering how the heat effects natural materials like wool, cotton, silk and how to keep the safety and beauty working together and now we have low watt globes and LED lights has opened new possibilities.

  The making of an idea that pops into existence by ones hand and looks as it did or even better is such amazing ideal experience.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A Warp Dyed

                          Nature, Natural, 3D

        The start of dyeing warps and weaving them. The gave the first of these as a thank you but forgot to photograph. These two have been seen in local exhibition in March. 
Two of three from warp.
          I liked making the frames for these, painting the timbers, the work also included branches and some alpaca given to me from some kind locals, that I dyed and felted.
Back of loom 
         Weaving away in the studio, using both plain weave and a Huck lace from my favourite weave book (a gift).
Alpaca dyed and both wet & needle felted.
            I have been exploring other ideas with patterns and coloured weft. So a little bit woven to see and further the possibilities.
Testing idea for future weaves. 
            The front woven plain weave for panel, at this stage I was thinking a different end item. I may still do my original idea.
Working away on loom of dyed warp.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Prize for the Ball

I had been making and with the local Ball coming up I thought I would donate a couple of weavings, it felt good to give two pieces I had made, for the raffle and know two new owners would get a hand made created in enjoyment, using local wool yarns.

The above has been won by my friend which was funny result, but a very happy person.

I have woven two like the above but they are different slightly due to colour used in weft. one has been won and to which I was honoured to have say will be worn with admiration, the other I have given to Stephen as he was first pulled out but as he is on the team to the ball, redraw, so he received the other one which he's wearing around the house as proud as punch.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Moments are Out, Even is Uneven


I have been making since the end part of Dec 2013 on a number of small weavings that would in a moment create an image in my mind. It then moved to the small looms and 4 selvedge method of weaving Tapestry. Colour seemed to answer itself almost with myself viewing these two colours sitting comfortably together in a box, one soft the other stiff and man-made. 

To make is always a mixture of excitement and wonder how an idea comes to life and develops into the expression of emotion, thought and soul of both the materials and my response to them thus giving myself the encouragement to make.

I then came to finish the weaving when I realised that each piece was not yet complete, the sense of a completed work was when they were on their backgrounds which gave the weavings a place to call home.

These works are being shown as my solo exhibition and I am pleased how they have come together as both a body of work and individual pieces.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

I have made using what I recall as an amazing technology in its day - not that long ago, 20 years approx, it has gone from the tv to myself making Video into wall hangings, abstract baskets to weaving as a weft and sometime in the future warp to express my fascination for some years.

 It started with this dress which a friend kindly modelled for myself and I even received a prize for flamboyant fantasy some years ago..

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Abstract is back

It has been happening while I figure out why the seem to make themselves with only myself getting fun from knowing that I have dyed the wool and removing what others might think of as rules. To me itself about shape, both deliberate and accidental as that has been my life for the last year.
These are how does one respond to texture, shape, form, perfection and faulty?

To leave the yarn has challenged some people but to myself it is how I need to let the piece be with it and me in harmony about the outcome.

Spin, dye, to Yarn

To go from fleece to yarn is bringing much intriguing effects. I went from the 2nd image to the first and was amazed at the outcome....