Saturday, April 30, 2011


Well Melly
I have been playing all day and almost at a point where I am happy will post some finished work when the gilt is dry and brushed off what do you think?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wasted day

What a wasted day at the studio. I went out to the studio with big plans for the day, first was to weave off the warp on the loom and that meant weaving a good 1.5mts. Next was to wind 2 warps one for some scarves and 1 a copper warp to redo a damaged piece. People think that because it is metal we should just check the it bends and twists GRRRR . I am sure they would not touch a painting now would they.

So got to the studio finished the bobbin at the loom and where is the bobbin winder ? back at home of cause. So finished the bobbin vacuumed  the studio wound 1 warp as I am not winding copper and leaving it of the loom for any length of time.

So back to the studio tomorrow and hope I can get 2 days work done in one.

The images are of a dragon fruit I had for lunch such beautiful colour I love them and the weaving on the loom.


Today I went and finished the green warp. There was not as much left on the warp as I thought. I wove approximately 160 cm but when it was off the loom it only measured 142 cm's. The big loom is fixed (thank you Al) I wove some of the white warp that was still on the loom. I wove 195cm's when it was off the loom it measures 168cm's. So what is the shrinkage rate and what will it be once washed and pressed???

The green warp will be drawn/gathered up and felted, the white warp that is felting wool. The weft thread is a cotton thread.

Green before wash 142cm after washing 89cm, so it shrank 53cm and that was not felted tightly.

White before washing 168cm after washing 132cm and is still very open

So Mell what are you thoughts ? Do you have a formula you use. My measurement seem to change every time I cut a warp off.

I found this in the drafts not published and I am not sure why 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Warp sampling

Just a few images from the warp I am playing on looking at textures and colours.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Textiles from Vietnam

 A friend has just returned from Vietnam and bought these quilts back with her. They seem to be made up of strips of embroidered fabrics and recycled fabric. The indigo quilt is for me (lucky me) I had to wash them all as they have a lot of surface dye that needs to be removed. The indigo quilts smells very strongly of smoke so will have to consult Julie as to the best way of washing it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Found threads

Well Mell look what I found on the shelf! My old rayon threads from my machine embroidery days and in the container were a few odd reels of linen and silk. The 2 bottom images are the new warp on your  8 shaft table loom, threading is 12345678 12345678 and has 8 threads per dent.

So I will use some thing out of the container as weft samples  and I have some nice gold at the studio I will also use .

Monday, April 11, 2011

Anastasia Azure

 Mell I found this artist today and she is amazing. Makes me want to go back and work in metal again.

Anastasia Azure

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


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