This was on my Ashford Knitter’s loom a couple of weeks ago – a length of fabric using handspun yarn and handdyed and recycled cloth, with some ribbon and embroidery threads. I haven’t decided how to use it yet, my loom’s only 12 inches wide so this is just over 2m of 25cm width fabric, not enough for clothing on its own but I could mix it with something else, maybe. Or do something else entirely. Still thinking…

weaving in progress

weaving yardage

I’ve also done a couple more samples with the withdrawn warp idea.

This one could perhaps be called nuno weaving? It’s carded merino interwoven with dyed muslin. I used monofilament fishing line for the warp and withdrew it after felting by hand. Not very pleasant to work with the fishing line and it wasn’t much easier to withdraw than the hemp yarn I tried first of all.

felted weaving

This one is handspun yarn woven with sari ribbon and silk organza on a cotton warp, felted and the warp withdrawn. Felted using the tumbler dryer, using this method from Treetops Colour Harmonies, then fulled by hand.

felted weaving

I’m not sure where I’m going with this but I’ll just keep playing and see what happens. I’m also thinking about weaving something very open and using it in nuno felt in the usual way. Or in a different way… I got a lovely book in the post yesterday – From Felt to Fabric by Catherine O’Leary. She uses a very inspiring nuno felt technique with what she calls ‘nuno prefelts’. It fits right into my current preoccupation with ways of combining wool and cloth.

This week’s biggest achievement was to get my shop on Etsy up and running. I’ve been letting my perfectionism stop me doing this since January, and I’m so glad to have made a start now.

We have another Tiree Tapestry Group workshop tomorrow, finishing work on the backgrounds (twelve of them, in the colours of a Tiree day) and starting working on the main images. I’m helping with the images, so I’d better go and start getting ready!

pieced fabrics

yardage, felted weaving and a step forward

4 thoughts on “yardage, felted weaving and a step forward

  • May 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Enjoying your exploration and experimentation journey. Love the cloth from your AKL. The rigis heddle loom is a great tool it offers possibility and pleasure if the mind and heart are free:0)

    Well done on opening your etsy shop the begining is always the biggest step. I wish you sales and new connections through it.

    I’ve been clearing the decks on my blog, as I woke up this week and realised a new beginning was needed on many levels the blog being the smallest I started there, now to begin posting:0).

  • May 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    a bag perhaps? or you could add denim fabric for clothes. good luck at etsy.

  • August 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Fiona, I have am very intrigued by your felted pieces with the warp withdrawn. I love your description of them in a previous post – that they are strong in some places, fragile in others, like a memory. This is inspirational stuff…thank you.

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