Spun Silk Warp

Stitching the silk warp Silk warp waterfall Today I finished warping up my hand-spun silk projector screen and stabilising the top with a red thread stitched through. The flow of the silk laid over the table caught my eye. It reminds me of currents in a river. Silk flow 1 Silk flow 2

Boro Jeans

It’s just over two years since I began mending my one pair of jeans. The first two patches were over the kneecaps: on the left knee is a piece of my godson’s traditional Norwegian naming day shirt and on the right a bit of tweed from his sisters’ coat. I am very hard on the…

Weaving a Web

But hopefully not a tangled one…. First three lines of weft going in! Many technical hitches are emerging and the usefulness of doing prior research into technique is made very very clear…. But I am still glad I chose to do little research into the practicalities of weaving, but rather to let the materials inform…

Red

The red shed strand has worked wonderfully in the visual sense. The contrast between wood, wool and cotton is visually poetic and satisfying. But – from a technical point of view it’s not doing its job. The shed doesn’t shift smoothly and it’s not possible to operate the loom as one person alone. Yet. I…

Weighting a Warp

For several years I have habitually chucked my coppers into an old vase as I like to be able to close my purse easily and never can be doing with footering about with coppers in a queue at a till. I remembered that if one takes coins to the bank to exchange for notes then…

Gathering pace

Warp weighted loom I am moving! The hours and hours of spinning have gathered my thoughts into a strong thread that I can trace out in my studio practice. I want to weave a length of fabric with text in it I think… Text in Textile. Both words share the root Texere: to weave. I…

Fragile Fabric

Fragility Elderberry cordial My jeans are fragile after lots of wild-food gathering this autumn. Scrambling through brambles and heather is tough on fragile old fabric! The layers of erosion and repair in my jeans make me think of the soil ecosystem: leaf litter building up is like the layers of patch and stitch, but without…

Musing

Sorting through my fabric stash I re-found a bag labeled ‘cleaning rags’ in my Nanna’s handwriting. Several of the pieces have holes worn right through, some have obviously been recycled several times prior to being consigned to the cleaning rags bag – I found pillow slips mended round the edge with a slightly different fabric;…