Thank you for your comments, it wasn’t quite clear to me where it was going or what choices I should make, and I was a bit surprised by the direction things took today. I decided to use plastic netting (from a veggie bag) over the weaving in the end and this was what it looked like after that was stitched down. The weft is a Colinette Giotto yarn.

woven circle

When I took it off the loom it looked like a big flower.

off the frame

I began twisting the pairs of warps to secure the weaving and as I twisted them the circle formed itself into a shallow bowl shape – that wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I haven’t tried the circular weaving before so it was a case of fools rushing in… There was no way it was going to lie flat so I decided to let it take the lead and become a kind of vessel! Here I’ve started to twist coloured hemp yarn with the wire strands. (The crochet hooks are to wind the ‘tendrils’ round.)

twisting wire and hemp

Once all the strands were twisted I began to wind the tendrils.

winding tendrils

This is it finished, from the top and from the side, it’s about 14cm across.

finished piece

finished piece

I learned a lot about the materials from doing this challenge, and about the value of sampling and experimenting. I really enjoyed the process, and the challenge of thinking visually about a concept.

There are lots of blog links to other people participating in this challenge here and here, plus the Flickr photo pool, and the Take it Further Challenge blog. There is an amazing range of work, I’ve been fascinated throughout January to see ideas and interpretations unfold in so many different ways. I wonder what February will bring?

TIF Challenge January 4 – finished

20 thoughts on “TIF Challenge January 4 – finished

  • January 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    This is so cool. I love how it turned out. It’s interesting how the process can take you somewhere different than you planned but it’s well worth the journey.

  • January 29, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    This is awesome! Very, very creative.

  • January 29, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I love that the colours are escaping from the blackness. This is wonderful.

  • January 29, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    what a lovely piece! It certainly expresses your theme so well and is so beautiful!

  • January 29, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    This is amazing! No wonder you were surprised!!! I’ve been totally bemused by the range of ideas that sprang from this challenge and I’ve spent way too much time browsing the blogs!

  • January 29, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Great piece! It’s so happy and playful!

  • January 29, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    What an amazing outcome from your researches for this project! You have a beautiful work of art here.

  • January 30, 2008 at 1:46 am

    i am overwhelmed with the energy of this piece…

  • January 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Just brilliant. Well worth just going with it. You should be very pleased with it. It makes me want to have a go doing the same thing!

  • January 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    this is amazing, I love your thought process and your design process, and that you tried a type of weaving you hadn’t done before, and that the end result surprised you! It is incredible.

    AND, it is beautiful!!

  • January 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I find your piece very interesting and creative! Bravo!
    Looking forward to February’s challenge

  • January 30, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I love the colours of this bowl very much. I admire your out of the box thinking, letting the idea dominate the techniques and material used!!!

  • February 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Really super! I love the tendrils particularly.

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  • February 3, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    What an exciting outcome. I love it, Fiona

  • February 4, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    love those tendrils!and fun is poking through them,

    neki desu

  • February 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    just love it… can’t wait to see what you produce in Feb.

  • February 8, 2008 at 3:01 am

    wow, am in love with that!

  • February 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    I love this, it is hilarious! Great work, sooooooo funny and skillful,
    have a wonderful day.

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