Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas

Crossed Warps hopes you all have a very happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2015

Monday, December 1, 2014

Marquetry Draft

So I'm spending a couple of days winding down from the mad month that was, but apparently I can't help myself when I see this on Pinterest - direct link
I personally call this kind of thing 'marquetry weaving' but I'm sure it has plenty of other names.

So Elizabeth, just for you -
16 shaft (as is in the pic) -
 8 shaft-
and even a teeny-weeny 4 shaft, using the same principles - 
Another similar and fun derivative is 'Pinwheels', created just by having equal warp and weft stripes -

16 shaft -
8 shaft - 
4 shaft - 

 Hope that helps :)

Undercurrent at the National Portrait Gallery

A very fine day was had by all - great weather, great people and a hugely great number of stalls!

And just because I couldn't help fiddling with something while I was chatting to people -

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mel and Julie at Modern Market

Modern Market will be held in Canberra today. Mel will be there with her beautiful hand woven scarves, she has been playing with colour again! Textile artist and designer  Julie Ryder will have a stand with hand screen printed tea towels, hankies and hand dyes 100% Australian wool socks.

Saturday, 22 November 2014 @ | NewActon Nishi
Time: 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Ground floor and Level 8, Nishi Building, NewActon
Address: Phillip Law Street,  NewActon, Canberra

Melanie Olde Hand woven scarf (detail)


Julie Ryder designed and hand screen printed tea towels

Modern market Melanie Olde

Modern market Julie Ryder

Saturday, October 25, 2014

APM progress

A bit more playing now to fix ends and copper pleats.

Belinda Jessup 2014

Natural Wonders - Julie Ryder

Julie Ryder
Natural Wonders | 22nd October 2014 - 9th November 2014 

Natural Wonders, natural dyes on paper and textiles by Julie Ryder.

Natural Wonders is a mixed media exhibition consisting of works on paper and naturally dyed and stitched textiles derived and inspired by organic materials drawn and collected from sites that hold personal significance for the artist. Her daily journey from home to studio, and the many bush and urban walks she takes have inspired her to look at the native and introduced flora of Canberra, delving into its history to determine the impact that white settlement and the urbanisation of this designed city had on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal. Textiles have been dyed with plants from specific sites, during specific seasons of the year to build up a colour profile of the territory, and showcase the beauty to be found within.

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 11-5pm.
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October, 6pm.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

APM second progress report

Although this is not the piece used for APM exhibition I am still playing with it. 

Painted warp is woven with copper weft in pleats and a selection of different threads in the "squares"

Silk, metallic, rayon, wool and copper wire as weft threads

I also participated in CraftLab at ANU a few weeks ago and have started a stitched piece to follow up from that experience. 

Creating a ground (base) to work on.
The ground so far is linen, ends of a warp (wool and silk)  as padding  and an end of some weaving 
 I was trying to get the last of the warp woven with colour samples. There were to many threads going aery so I stop weaving. This is the very end colour sample with lime green silk and gold metallic thread on an Ikat warp.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Spinning wheels for sale

I have 2 spinning wheels for sale. The Louet came via Canada a long time ago. I have used it happily over the years but I don't have time to spin any more and they are taking up space I don't have. I was giving the wind wheel many years ago and have made some lovely yarns on it including some for my graduate work. 

There are the links to the wheels if you are interested or may know some one who is please send them the links.

Louet Spinning Wheel 

Ettrick Wind Wheel

And something way off field for textiles is a set of 4 vintage Tessa T7 rust velvet chairs.

Set of 4 rust coloured velvet T7 Tessa armchairs. Designed by Fred Lowen and purchased in the late 1970's. Generally in good condition with some wear and tear.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fresh Scarves

Fresh off the loom!


APM in progress

Its a bit hard to see as this is woven with monofilment and the warp is being painted as I go, so a little slow. More later.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wrap Up closed

From L to R, Belinda Melanie, Julie, Belinda and Melanie

Left Julie Ryder, hand screen print on silk and cotton, Right Belinda Jessup, hand woven silk, wool and cotton

We would like to thank everyone for visiting us at POD in LST over the past 4 days. We had a very successful pop up and hope those of you who visited enjoyed our work. If you didn't get to pop in you can see some of our beautiful scarves and other textiles at the Craft ACT shop  on Julies website and blog. Mels website. Belinda and Julie at Craft ACT.

Keep an eye on Julies blog  and Mels website for new workshops coming soon. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wrap up now open.

Wrap up now open at POD gallery at Lonsdale Street Traders Braddon, ACT

Pop in and say hi.
More information about Julie Ryder can be found here and Melanie Olde here. The POD blog has more images and information about the POD

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wrap Up at POD

Wrap Up, pop up shop and exhibition. Melanie Olde, Julie Ryder and Belinda Jessup, hand woven and printed scarves and wraps.
Pop in and visit us at POD Gallery in Lonsdale Street Traders. between 31st July to 3rd August 2014.
Julie has printed a new range of scarves, Mel has woven some amazing new scarves and I have some new cream woven pieces.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Half way there

Yuk tangled silk.

Well what a big job winding a 50 mt warp on is. Its finally on.  I had a lot of help from Mel but this is not the way to do a big warp. The warp was wound before I had the sectional beams. I know I will have some tension issues while I am weaving but hopefully I will be able to work with them. I may just have to cut the weaving off every so often and retie on. Ok now for the 2nd warp, its the same length but wool. I had originally planned to felt the woven pieces and will still felt some  but now hope I can do a bit more experimenting with the warps.

Silk on now start the 2nd warp, the wool warp.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mammoth warp started

Well mammoth for me. I wound this warp some years ago, by some I mean maybe 7 years ago and about 50 mts long  if my memory is correct. Now that is embarrassing isn't it. I think I have been frightened of it and didn't quite know how to wind it on the loom. It is a double warp, one wool and the second one is silk. This section is silk I thought  it would be easier to wind on by my self. Although I have started it a few times I think it may have beaten me. Maybe I will bribe my daughter for help. I am hoping to play with felting and interesting textures. Stay tuned!

Starting to wind the 50 mt silk warp, what was I thinking ?

50 mt  silk warp. New production warp

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Happy loom and some weaving started

I have been weaving most of today and have got quiet a bit done. I am happy with what I did get done today and the loom just purred along. I think its happy to be at home in the warmth. Although I had
planned much more for the weekend, I just spend  time with my family and a catch up with friends Julie Ryder and Melanie Olde to plan a pop up shop at the end of July. (Details soon)

So have started to plan my weekend and again another full on. 

I still have about 40 cm to weave, I got 135 cm done today. I am worried about my
shoulder and back so have been taking it slow. Belly

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Another new loom space!

Aaaand here's a photo of Belly saving my bacon and holding my
loom together till I got the bolts in - thanks to you too Belly! (And you thought I'd forget to post this!)

Frankly I think we're getting rather good at all this loom moving :)


My loom has a new home

Thank you again Melly, you always come to the rescue. Yesterday Mel and I set up my AVL in a spare room at my house. She will be very happy in this room! Its heated and opposite my room so I can pop in and out to weave at any time. I am rethreading the warp that was on the loom before we moved it from my old studio. I am hoping that this will be more productive for me. I should get this warp off in a day or so then I want to put my long silk and wool warp on and weave it off. I has been wound for some years and just waiting for some weaving love!

Loom almost ready to thread up.

I should have painted the room before I move the loom in. I think the pink and green walls really has had its day and needs to go. I am looking for a small shelve unit to go beside the storage that I put in yesterday, but has to fit under the stairs. Any way thanks Mel hope you are doing lots of weaving this week.

Everyone needs storage, oh that pink wall has to go!

Two scarves from my using up the stash warp. There is a hell of a stash to use I have to admit
so maybe every second warp need to be a stash buster warp, what do you think Mel?

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Look what I found

Inspiration !

Today textile artist Julie Ryder did some research for an up and coming project and called in to the handmade markets. There was a large selection of hand made goods and also a recycled clothing store called Material Pleasures and these were smiling at me but a size 10 so the lovely lady let me take a photo. They are just my colour !

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Sample Warp

A sample of a new warp I put on to play with some patterns. Not so happy with the colour but I am trying to use up some of my stash.

sampling, pre washed. Belinda Jessup


Small sample fulled, silk floats were cut before washing

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More threads for sale


As I said the other day I have some threads for sale and would add more to the blog every few days. You can still look at the previous threads ( 2 post below) that have not sold on this blog here

Please contact me if you are interested in any "bunches" of threads. I can arrange delivery/pickup (in the ACT)  or post.  All prices DO NOT include postage, I will en-devour to have threads delivered to you post/delivery free where possible. All threads where purchased prior 1996.
Please pass this information on to any one you think may be interested. I will continue to add more threads as I get a chance to photograph them and add to the blog.
 Email: belindajessup @

SOLD Danish Flower Thread $5.00  (RR $1.98 per skein)
SOLD DMC Perle 8 x no 5 and 2 x no 3 $15.00 (RR $ 3.90 per 25mt Skein)
SOLD  A selection of hand dyed threads $10.00 silk, cotton and rayon threads. The 2 images below are details of this set

SOLD  I will continue to add more threads as I get a chance to photograph them and add to the blog.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mel is at the national folk festival

Melanie Olde Weaving 2014

Melanie Olde weaving, National Folk Festival Canberra 2014

 This Easter weekend Mel has a shop at the national folk festival Canberra.  Her shop is stall number 16. If you are visiting go say hi.


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