Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ArtWaikino Exhibition

 Hand dyed warp threads.
Lovely fine NZ merino.

One thread from each chain on to the loom

 First scarf woven turned taquete.

Beautiful drape.

Second scarf off that warp woven advancing point twill.
"Coral Habitat"
Twill close up.

"Chromatic Interlude"
(You saw this in a previous post
but read to the end.) 
"Kakabeak Cloak Throw"

Hand knitted from thrums.  
The strips are crocheted together as it would have been too heavy
to join as it was knitted.

Coral, Chromatic and Kakabeak will be part of the ArtWaikino exhibition this Labour Weekend.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Huia Korowai

Some time ago I was asked by a friend to make a Korowai for Isabel to wear on the marae and be warm.
It was decided the Huia bird would be the inspiration.
The Huia was sacred to the Maori and the wearing of its skin or feathers was reserved for people of high status.
Its numbers were on the decline when Europeans settled in New Zealand.
It was a rare bird treasured for its plumage.  It had a bold and inquisitive nature.  It wasn't good eating but its tail feathers were valued highly and exchanged among tribes for goods such as pounamu and shark teeth.  
It became popular for taxidermied species in European museums which hurried it to its extinction.
I started with a blanket which has found a loving home.
Its taken a few iterations to get the cloak the way I wanted.
I live with a photographer and his visiting mates and some of their 'lingo' has rubbed off.  The white became the "point of focus" and every time I looked at the cloak white is all I saw so ...
I shifted the draw cord so one just saw a peep of the white tail feathers
which worked better visually but when I tried it on it was a pain to get sitting right.
To my mind a cloak should be able to be thrown around the shoulders and off you go so ...
I undid the hems, facings and front edge and turned the white band to the inside and now the focus is the rusty orange representing the Huia's wattle and you just get a flash of the white when walking or sitting.

Close up of wattle stripe.  Note the fine green rayon thread reflecting the green iridescence
of the black feathers.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Significant birthday

I've earned my Gold Card.
A significant birthday this weekend
and it was wonderful to have
my whole family together
plus some friends.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

More echoes

Been to Auckland (again) to see the kids and look what we found when we returned.  
 Banksias cut down.  They were on Council reserve land, we new it would happen some time and they are to be replaced with natives.  They were on the wrong side of the track to provide shade and they will provide us with firewood for a couple of years.
 But, look at the view, extensive to say the least.

After I cut the previous wine scarf off (which was woven turned taquete by the way) I tied on another warp in beautiful fine merino specially spun for Professional Weavers Network.  Hand dyed red, blue, green and yellow.  I'm finding choosing colour the hardest thing with Marian Stubenitsky"s way of weaving 4 colour echo.  100 threads of blue clumped together were quite strong, as was the green, but spread them out between other colours and they lost intensity.  Also I like clear colour and here one always has two colours together - red and blue, blue and green, green and yellow and yellow and red - which in this case produces secondary colours - purple, orange, lime.
 Turned taquete weft, one thread red the other very fine cashmere navy.
 Below, woven double weave, one weft purple, one bottle green.  These were not good choices as they didn't show up as different.  (Look at those selvedges, Agnes!)
 And just to show off the view again ...
 There was just enough warp left to try a regular twill tie up and treadling.
Now, should I put another warp on to weave this or leave it as I've already been told Tangerine Dream looks like upholstery fabric!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

4 echoes

I'm still playing with ideas from the "Echo and Iris" book.  As you can see I pushed my luck (there wasn't much intelligence in this selection) to the limit with this selection of 4 threads for the warp, all variegated but I thought there was enough difference in value for them to work.  Warp - 4 echoes double weave, 12 shaft networked twill with another 4 shafts for basket weave selvedges.  Weft was a pale pink alternating with a deep wine.  Edit:  woven turned taquete.
 The scarf is hanging down the stairwell and the camera is pointing upwards and the pattern shows but not much echo.
 But its a very wearable scarf in a subtle way.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hot pink Zoe jumper

On our way to Australia we had an appointment with our grandies, just half an hour between getting home from creche and bed time.
I delivered the latest jumper to Zoe.  An old Burda pattern, like 33 years old, which I simplified as I went along.  Omitted the lace from the back but really like the cables anyway.  Also omitted lace and cables from sleeves and after it was all stitched up I noticed I had attached the sleeves stocking stitch side out instead of the intended reverse stocking stitch.

Way too big for Zoe so rolled the sleeves up but the weight of the roll up pulled the sleeve further down so Zoe flapped her arm to find her hand and the sleeve came further down.  Cute to watch but frustrating for her!  Guess it can go away until she's about 3.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Karangahake Gorge

A couple of days ago the sun came out so we went walking in the Karangahake Gorge.  I don't know if it was the beginning of spring, all the rain we'd had or the contrast with Australia but I couldn't get over the vibrant greens.

 I think there is a project waiting to be released from all these yarns.
It was pouring with rain again on the drive home!