I did not realise it had been so long since a post. The winter does that to me. However, the Iris exploration has been finished and I am now working with a soysilk warp and a cashmere/wool weft. I have design ideas for the lengths but will not publish them until I have determined they work.
This is a favourite structure at the moment and the subject of the third Iris wrap which has taken ages to get to. However, it proves to be, in my opinion, an interesting one. Again it is in all spun silk.
I have been busy using up samples from my university and post university days. Tote bags are on Etsy in all shapes and sizes and with different finishes as well as a couple of pockets or pouches for safekeeping items. There are another 5 totes planned this year and then, hopefully, onto making cushions, again all sizes and designs. I also have a larger shopping bag design which will be made up from twill woven fabric in due course.
Here, at last, is the second finished wrap - Iris 2, which will be show-cased on Etsy.
The second warp is planned, with yarn ready to wind. I have designed and sampled further structure patterns as I wish to complete a third warp in the series.
I am also designing and sewing smaller fabric lengths into tote bags, with 'pockets' and cushions scheduled for a later date. This eats into my weaving time tremendously, but as I plan to enter a couple of craft shows next year, I need to build up my stock.
Having had an enforced one month break from weaving et al due to illness, I have now finished the first one, as the previous post detailed, and am on the second Iris wrap. I have a taker for the first Iris wrap, which is required for a wedding in September, so that is good.
This second wrap relies on an irregularly threaded design encapsulated by plain weave. The reverse of the wrap is a diffused version of the front. I have not used purple in my work as a main colour before, so it is quite exciting. It is afterall the common colour associated with irises as well as yellow.
I have spent months with my structures and sampling the results, so it is very exciting to have started weaving. There will be 3 warps and 6 wraps in all. I have made it a policy to keep one of each collection for myself as I enjoy wearing my own work; so much of me has gone into its production.
This wrap, like so many of my designs, will have 2 faces when complete, which gives an added dimension to the wrap when worn. In addition, there is my 'signature' use of irregular threading.
The colour inspiration for these 2 wraps comes from the beautiful work of Sharon Freeman.
Well I think it is exciting!
This sample used wool in the warp and cotton in the weft with cotton in the extra weft. I changed the extra weft colours and was pleased with the difference. I can't wait to design a warp and weave it in silk!
I have placed some City and Guilds Diploma items on my Etsy Shop. I hope to tutor a small class at Hobbycraft, Basingstoke soon, and it seemed appropriate to show some of my work.
In addition, I shall be working on cushions for the shop soon. And once I have finished an expolratory sample warp, I shall be designing an a new spun silk wrap.
24 February 2013
I have been sampling a few of my 'maze' inspired structures using a graduated colours warp, which is in keeping with the uneven colours of weathered metal. I have decided to have an installation of six panels for the final MAde Show. I have various combinations of structures for this, and am undecided yet which way to go with them. I want all the elements to be in place by Easter so that I have plenty of time for the weaving as well as the other tasks I will be undertaking in the final project.