It's more than a year since I reported on my weaving exploits so I thought it was time for a catch up.
Weaving has become a passion for me and I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can interpret the things I see into woven textiles.
This cushion for my granddaughter Steph's birthday last year was inspired by her geological slides of rock formations which I have already drawn and machine embroidered in previous years.
Kirsty, my eldest granddaughter, was setting up home with her partner Barney so I decided to make them some special place mats for her birthday. The words are their Instagram hashtags and they loved them!
Youngest granddaughter Sarah is a nature lover so her cushion depicts her beloved trees.
My sister Juliet came to live in France last year so her birthday cushion was designed to go with her new red rocking chair.
I have a subscription to the Weavers, spinners and dyers journal and some of the articles are very inspiring, the one about Saori weaving in particular caught my eye. For this process the idea is to weave using a variety of different textures and making it up as you go along. I used the colours of my garden as inspiration for this cushion starting at the bottom in winter and going through the seasons right to the walnuts near the top.
Living by the sea is wonderful and every time we walk on the beach I come home with a head full of ideas and this method of weaving lends itself perfectly to these wavy lines. This was daughter Joanna's cushion this year.
Last year I made Jo a cushion to go with the new sofa she planned to buy for her renovated kitchen.
Just for a change I had the idea of making covers for the cute tins our tea comes in that are far too nice to throw away. I had a lot of fun working in the strings of beads I acquired in a charity shop at Christmas. The make lovely pots for pens and crochet hooks too!
This year I made Kirsty a cushion cover inspired by a sunset at sea. She had taken me on a virtual tour of their new apartment and I spotted that her bedroom was decorated in burgundy and gold colours so I came up with this design.
I knitted the throw in the background using more of my yarn stash, lots of fun working diagonally and knitting in each square as I went along. It's very cosy with a black velour backing.
I made myself a new shoulder bag from an old plain one with a weaving using some of the lovely blue yarns in my collection for the front.
Steph asked for a bag as well to use for her shopping trips to the local farm shop and I was delighted to make this using some fabulous wax print fabric for the lining.
This wall hanging was inspired by the ripples left on the beach when the tide goes out and I have incorporated some shells gathered on the shoreline. They are attached to the yarns using a hot glue gun.
Well that's all the weaving so far but I have been experimenting with tapestry after buying an instruction book a couple of months ago. I'll share what I've learned with you next time.
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