Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Sturt Weaver

It´s amazing who you find weaving at Sturt. Mum dropped in and helped with some weaving.

Leaf Prints

I have been doing some clamped leaf prints lately. 
The first one is dyed with a pot of Eucalyptus Punctata.
 The next few pink ones are using Procion dyes.

 And I put some silk satin in too - the print wasn´t quite as good but still interesting.

Not sure what any of the leaves are, just some from the trees around Sturt.

Undulating Twills and Mock Piles

This week I revisited a couple of warps that have been sitting around waiting for me to figure out what to do with them.

This first is the undulating twill that I threaded up ages and ages ago here. I knew it needed something and I wasn´t quite happy with it. Today though, I feel like I got somewhere. First I out a highly mercerised cotton, fine rayon and fine metalic thread over it - perfect! Then I tried some finely cut gold painted paper - which I loved, but had to alter the structure a little. Next I tried some cut cellophane which I also really liked but red is the wrong colour for this warp so I will have a look around for maybe a yellow or orange?

 The next warp is the mock pile from this post. I dyed and ripped up some old blanket and put across it. Was very happy with it though am not quite sure what to do with it - floor rug or bag maybe? It´s quite stiff and I prefer it uncut - and I love the back too.

And I still keep forgetting to bring the draft home to post with it - will make that my mission for the week!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


A quick post - I found these amazing beads at Vinnies the other day. I´m guessing from shape, colour, size, shape and the threads and paper with them, that these are from around the 1930s - so excited! they´re beautiful - and I´m sure they´re going to be of use for Lacroix!

More Rugs

Ok Belly - I´ve started the physical work for the Sturt rugs. Mum did the dying while I hovered over, and this is just the start!

This last image is from the Palettes app for my iphone - I am absolutely loving it - so handy!

So what do you think?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Todays weaving

Well Melly I didn't realize I had the Macro lens on the camera, so will have to take some more later. 
So I  will load these anyway. the images with the black thread in it are some from a scarf I finish ages ago, it also was the end of a warp and is a bit small so I get to wear all the little bits! 
 Before washing - wool warp and wool silk and rayon weft
 Before washing 
 After washing 
 After washing

Sample scarf ( above 2 images) 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bits and Pieces

Ok so it´s been a while since I made a post, and I do have lots to put up, but to start with here a a couple of recent things that I´ve been fiddling with..

Last night I found a huge mushroom and decided to try to make a spore print - and it worked! Quite beautiful up close..
 This is from a felting workshop I gave a couple of weeks ago and showed the girls an easy way of dying in a plastic bag. I finally washed it out yesterday..
 And this is some ripped up blanket that I want to do something with. Possibly with the wool above. And some rayon. And other stuff. I think I´ll spin the wool above.
So there we are - recent bits and pieces.

Monday, May 2, 2011

For Christian

Not the best photos but you get the idea.  Still lots more playing but am enjoying the process now. Thanks Melly you are a great friend in a crisis, keeping me calm and all you help thank you!   


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