Thursday, 22 October 2020
Friday, 18 September 2020
With Covid-secure practices in place, it has been really lovely to offer spinning and weaving classes in my garden.
I love working in the garden anyway, whether its taking my spinning wheel outside to spin to the sounds of the birds in the trees or setting up one of my small table looms to enjoy the afternoon weaving a bag, cushion cover or scarf and of course the knitting needles are so portable, I always have several projects on the go.
Monday, 17 August 2020
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
I am always influenced by the nature around me, summer colours start to feed into my woven cloth at this time of year.
This month I have been making vibrant cotton warps for the looms. It is a nice break from working in wool on the looms. (I'm busy spinning on the wheel in the garden, so there will be plenty of woolly projects later in the year).
However some people have allergies and do ask me if I weave and knit in cotton, so its always good to offer an alternative. Also in the summer months its great to work in cool cottons and linen.
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
It is solid and has good long warp pegs so I will be able to weave bands and straps of fabric up to 6 inches in width. Inkle looms are so useful for weaving webbing, straps for bags, belts etc. There are so many ways to weave on this type of loom to produce wonderful patterns and intricate designs.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Sunrise over the South of the Island. Here is the scarf I wove on my Ashford Knitters Loom.
I selected a squishy, pleasing bunch of yarns from my stash that reflected the colours of the Dawn - wools, mohair, and various mixed fibres
I love this simple "make it up as you go along" style of weaving. A rigid heddle loom is ideal for this as I'm able to use the direct warping method- choosing the colours as I dress the loom. I decided that the weft for weaving needed to be 2 strands of yarn; one pale white of a brushed wool blend and the other a pale peach in mohair. This gave me a slightly fluffy woven scarf with a soft squishy feel and allowed the colours in the warp to define the pattern. I twisted the fringes to finish.