Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Friday, 25 April 2008
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Again, I've spent hours on the floor of my workshop adjusting my loom. I've added a new tie-up so that I can do some double-cloth pockets.
The loom is now sitting all even and perfect......again.
I've stuffed the pockets with a little wool top, which is actually looking quite 'pretty'. Not something I can usually achieve purposely. It will take a lot longer than the tabby, as I have to stuff as I go. The weave is so open, it moves very easily and a long pocket is almost impossible to stuff in one go. I was going to overdye this scarf, but maybe I don't need to. I'll see once I get it off the loom.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I've decided to just wind a 10metre warp with some fine wool, it's sett quite wide (15epi), and weave as many scarves and samples as I can.
The sett is a bit too open, though I will perservere with it. This first scarf is plain tabby, which I will dye randomly. The next will have double-cloth pockets, stuffed with coloured wool tops, which I'm thinking of dyeing with tumeric! The next, I think, will have textured yarn to fill the very open weave and lastly, I'll do a weft faced twill of some sort.
I have threaded the warp so that I can do this, with areas that are threaded 1,2,3,4 and others 5,6,7,8. Not a straight threading. It will be interesting to see what I can achieve.
Monday, 21 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
A lovely gentleman came all the way from Traralgon to the Guild meeting on Saturday to give me a bundle of telephone wire he had collected many years ago when hiking! We're going to call any resulting yarn 'Telecom yarn'.
And at the guild meeting, I was given an old catalogue from Coogi. They were an amazing knitwear company and the catalogue is just incredible. There are articles, like socks and ties, I didn't know they made, and the most wonderful designs. Unfortunately, in part because of the cheap copies that came out, they no longer exist. I guess we all have to remember our purchase choices do make a difference.
It was good going to the meeting. We taught an actor to drop spin for a play! Showed off the bridge cosy, which got good responses. And, of course, friends and fun.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
I now have a whole lot more to learn and make the actual buttons, links, etc. work.
I've then burnt holes in the fabric. After this, you would never clothe your special bundles in anything but wool. It was very difficult to burn and keep it burning. I actually had to work very hard to burn in one spot, and one of my fabrics had some linen in it. I was very happy with the final result as there was charing left.
I then tied it up, wet it and left it to dry to see what I might achieve if shibori were applied to the final fabric to give it an added three dimensional look.
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
Thursday, 10 April 2008
As I've decided to use this day to see galleries, I thought I would go the the exhibition at the State Library called 'the Medieval Imagination'. Illuminated manuscripts, including some from Cambridge. They were an absolute delight ranging from the Divine, contemplative to the Secular. I must admit I particularly like the decoration around the pages. The pictures are, of course, important, however, to add this extra beautiful detail just astonishes me.
It made me think of how to do things that are slow. Slow in the creation, as if each part is important for itself. To do something for its own sake, that takes time and effort. I love the idea of the Book of Hours, where for important times, there is something to contemplate.
I wondered in and out of this exhibition, there is a lot to see, purchased the fabulous catalogue and vowed to come again. It is on till the 15th June. Well worth a visit, especially if you like books.
On arrival home, my mail order copy of Selvedge was waiting for me. I love this. In particular an emphasis on paper. As we're going to attempt to combine newspaper and wire at the next Experimental Spinning this is definitely coming along.
I love beautiful things to look at.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Must have lost the CD that goes with the Fireworks book, so much more difficult to do sample exercies, slow and annoying.
Grrrh, bad day.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
At Red Ramia in Myrtleford amongst all the treasures they have there, and there are alot, were loads of Japanese fabrics. I bought this one.
The project I have in mind is to cut up the fabric, (sorry to all who care about the fabric as a whole) and attach to a length of machine knitted wool. Scarf length, so I can have a finished product and it is a good test. I'm then going to felt it and see what happens. I actually have no idea what I'm aiming at, just hoping for an interesting result.
Red Ramia is a wonderful shop in Myrtleford full of Japanese clothing, fabric, furniture, bits and pieces. In particular, I love the calligraphy brushes. All sorts of sizes with the most exquisite handles made of wood, jade, all sorts. They've now included Morrocan ware and will be making a trip to India. It's a large fascinating shop, well worth a visit
Monday, 7 April 2008
Saturday, 5 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
Thursday, 3 April 2008
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Logistical considerations meant that we needed to enlist help and a number of people were roped in. After a minimal stash busting exercise we had more than enough to ply together and knit into a long scarf. More helpers were roped in and the length was transported to Harrietville for installation late Friday night.
Enlisting another helper at the last miniute and then trying to be as quiet as possible...how far does the sound of giggles travel...one for the scientists!...we laid it out and found we had just the right amount to cover the length of the walkway side of the bridge and bows in each end around the columns.
Immediate response was quiet as the interest built through the day, puzzling most people, and we were able to keep it secret till the Saturday night when we announced ourselves as the culprits. It was a wonderful success as an installation, but also such a wonderful process, working/playing with my wonderful friends.
At the end of the weekend all that was left were these bags!
PS. No stashes were harmed in the making of this scarf!