This summer I’m taking part in a class with Jude Hill – Spirit Cloth – considering weave and its relationship to stitch. I’ve never done a class with Jude before but I’ve long loved her ‘what if’ approach and it’s stimulating to be part of a curious, experimental community for a few months. We’re currently exploring weaving into cloth, a kind of intentional darning. I did a little darning last summer while I was travelling backwards and forward to Wales (where Alan was walking), inspired by the work of Hilary Hollingworth, and by the Big Mend group on Flickr.


Where  I wove across a hole (as opposed  to laying the warp as long stitches across the surface) I found it hard to stabilise the edges – now, watching and listening to Jude with her respectful mastery of cloth, I have learned how to do that, and gained new inspiration to try again.

Out of those experiments came this piece, ‘Island Patterns’, worked on handmade felt, without cutting.  There is more of a distinction between the background and the weaving than if you fill a hole with weave. Less integration. More floating. I love weaving at this tiny scale.



Last night. thinking ‘what if’, I  wove some little windows into the work I currently have on the loom.


And this morning I filled them with cloth.



I like the change of texture and scale. Looking forward to exploring this further and seeing where it goes.



Considering weave

7 thoughts on “Considering weave

  • July 11, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    love the logic here, wonderful!

  • July 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I immediately like this -all the colors and structures! Wonderful.

  • July 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    interesting to do it on felt
    my mind was floating there too

    love your site

  • July 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I like the small woven sample with windows and the way you filled it, very nice.

  • July 31, 2014 at 12:09 am

    This is such a wonderfully creative idea. I just love what you are doing with these little “windows in weave”.

  • October 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Oh my this is so beautiful. I have come via Jude’s site and love your little island hopping “what ifs”. Love how you linked two places with thread “while I was travelling backwards and forward to Wales”. Also love your miniature “island patterns” and later what turned up in your loom. Very nice. I am completely new to all this so thank you. 🙂

  • December 11, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Your weavings are unique and inspirational. I had the pleasure of visiting Harris and Lewis two years ago and was thrilled to visit a local weaver in his croft. Keep up the good work!

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