Saturday, 17 September 2016

still here

just quiet for a while, but still doing when health permits ....

a total change of direction, though I am still stitching as well, and had my first session at Studio11 this month.

These are from way back in 2011, the year after Mum died.


Looking back now, I realise they were worked during March and April, the year she would have been 85. March was her birth month.


They have been brought back out again, and finshed, in response to some weaving classes we're having with Claire Buckly. The bamboo is fresh from the garden - cut today, the warp knotted round - still some trimming to do.

A little smidge of we embroiderers have got together and are learning about small scale tapestry weaving - on a frame loom, at Steph's house. Claire's teaching is quite different from the course I did in 2011, so I'm glad I have a little bit of the basics to start from, and can learn more.

We assembled last Monday, five of us ready to learn. We warped up our looms, we tore up strips of paper and made a collage,


we were allowed to choose six balls of weaving yarn, to tone with this






We've made butterflies, little bundles of neat yarn to pass in and out of the warp. and learnt about colour blending - using a sewing cotton, for example, to nudge the base colour one way or the other


We are preparing designs to weave. Next time we will design, based on the collage each of us has done.

Now I have the fun of thinking about how to translate this into a woven piece. Quite a different mood

Sorry I've not been here xx

4 comments:

  1. Well, that's the way it goes sometimes Kat, being quiet ;-)
    I like a change in technique myself now and again (I can't keep
    up the good work, doing only one ....!)
    Lovely little weavings (remind me of Jude ;-) ...)
    That second moon I especially like !
    Good colours ! (I make butterflies too, when I need some length
    of thread, for all kind of things)

    Enjoy Kat !

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  2. Hi Els, thank you for lovely comments - very flattered to b even vaguely reminiscent of Jude, who does so much that is wonderful. Experimentation is a grand thing, and spreads thinking as well, as different techniques call for different ways of expression. I'll do a stitchy update in a bit, as this is also being fun, and I made something very special this year, related to my previous post πŸ˜€

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  3. Oh so pleased to see this - love to see how it comes along. I'm desperately trying to get myself better organised on the blog front - nag me if I don't show up regularly! xxx

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    1. hello Anny, how lovely that you're here! I loved your foraging curtailed by delinquent dog! we have an elderflower in the graden, down by the veg patch, I leep cutting it back to try and maximise the crop for the birds!
      I will come over and nag

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