Sunday, 26 January 2014

Weaving the hills

Yesterday, I began what I hope will turn out to be a large woven 3D piece based on recent work on the Cotswold Hills. I'm planning wandering lines and a sculptural form ... but time will tell.

So far, I've chosen a range of colours and threads in different weights and textures, including a hank of wool from the local Cotswold sheep (front right and without a paper sleeve) and some red spun silk strip to increase the texture, diversify the colour, and give a nod to the soldiers's red serge woven for so long in the area and left to dry in the fields around Stroud.


I've warped up my large table loom (I don't use anything more cleaver).


I've twined the warps to separate them evenly and completed a row of double soumak split into two widths to give a firm edge to beat against (the reason for the two widths will, I hope, become clear as time goes by).


And now to weave ... always peaceful and meditative ...




8 comments:

  1. I just can't see a heap of yarns without experiencing dreadful thread-envy! - enjoy your time in the flow with this, and look forward to seeing the results.

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    1. Ah the concept of thread-envy! I'd never put the thought into words but now you have, I so know what you mean. The need to touch and the wish to own afflicts me in shops whenever I dare to wander in.

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  2. What beautiful yarns. Enjoy that meditative process. Years ago before I became a "proper" weaver, I had a couple of frame looms. Now that all the other detritus is gone, I wish I had those frame looms again!

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    1. I don't think I'll ever be a 'proper' weaver so these frame looms are a real pleasure to me. They come with no baggage and represent easy learning ...

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  3. Those yarns are looking delightful....what a glorious pile!!! Looking forward to seeing where it is all going. I don't weave but I do love the look of it....

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    1. I'm intending to post as I go along - dodgy internet connection willing. (I believe things are waterlogged!)

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  4. Weaving is not anything I've tried (except on a very, very small try) but I feel meditative when I'm just watching someone else doing it. A perfect way to pass a cold winter's day.

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    1. This will be the biggest I've tried - and 3D so quite a departure for me and lots of miserable winter's days to spend doing it!

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