It’s such a joy to make something from a few basic materials and turn them into something beautiful. I’m so thankful for my wonderful loom and how we work as a team to create these items. I’ve always wanted to make rugs, I adore interior design instagram accounts and blogs and I want to produce a well made but beautiful range of rugs that utilises all natural materials and natural tones. I have started out with this charcoal and natural pale taupe using cotton and wool. The cotton is a reclaimed by-product material from the commercial textile industry that in the past would have been discarded as waste. So as well as hand Crafted they are certainly an eco-friendly product too. How do you use natural materials in your home?
I haven’t been around my blog for a while I’ve been house hunting and enjoying new crafts including stained glass work but I’ve found myself back at the loom this week eager to start with some new ideas for patterns, colour and dying yarns. I’m currently researching ikat methods for dying warp or weft, the professionals also practice a double ikat which involves painting both to create a finished masterpiece. I made a start this week with a couple of cushions, part of a mix and match colour scheme (but same pattern) and I might make a few complimenting larger colour blocking cushions.
My first fair f 2017 was lovely. I had so many visitors it was a little overwhelming. My best moment was when Ruth Gough (Winghams Wool Works) purchased and walked away wearing one of my scarves. She teaches spinning and weaving and supplies many outlets with their wool roving. Looking at my stall I’m definitely wanting to concentrate a little more on the weaving for a bit. I’d like to see more scarves, purses and perhaps some cushions.
Are you preparing for any fairs this year?
My first Makers fair is in two days time and I just wanted to share one of the bags I had finished today. It features my hand woven cloth and an oil cloth bottom. The handle is PU (I’m vegetarian and don’t like to use leather) and I included a zip fastener. Between all the weaving, cutting, sewing these bags are a real labour of love. I have made two larger versions I haven’t had chance to photograph yet but I might wait until I can get some photos of the stall at the fair.
Both me and my sister are doing a spring fair in March so my knitting projects have taken a backseat to my weaving. I have lots of new yarns dyed up to but I’ll be adding them after the fair! I have been weaving much more recently and have decided to upgrade to a sectional warp beam set up on my loom. More about that another day. I’ll be posting some photos of the stall set up as I have a nice wooden table top rail I can’t wait to use/see with my scarves on it.
Are you doing any craft fairs this year?