Monday, December 22, 2014

Shibori scarf

I've been a member of the Fibre Artists group with a stand at the historic Cargo Shed on Tauranga waterfront for over a year now.  There are quite a few of us sharing the fibre stand so I only have to work three days a month.  Even with the hour long drive its a fun day out with lots of people to meet and talk to.  My stock was getting low so I wondered what I could do with this purple and gold shibori scarf to make it more attractive to a wider audience.  
 After a good soaking it went into the dye pot with half a teaspoon of royal blue acid dye and I was very pleased with the result, especially as it held its texture.  This is woven in slightly overtwisted merino which, when first wetted out, it would have released its twist at the peek of the pleats thus making them permanent.

I was wondering why I didn't have more weaving to talk about but its been so frantic here at Hotel Pio that I forgot to take photos of the last blankets, a lovely mix of light taupe which reminded me of driftwood.
Have also finished 5 metres of fabric for speaker cabinets - photos to follow after it has been gifted.

On the house keeping side, remember back at the beginning of August, I ripped my leg open and got seven stitches.  I can now report I took the last dressing off this morning.  It is healed at last.   Yippee!

Jack was delighted with his Tardis socks (last post) - made great skid-mobiles on the varnished floor.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

If you have a wee boy about to turn 4, don't look!!

Gift spoiler!

I can't wait any longer to show these.  I used a pattern from Spud and Chloe
and combined it with a pattern for Tardis socks.
Part of a box of treasurers I received for my birthday several months ago was these foot prints (Go at your own pace, was the message.).  Little did the creator know they'd be used to get the right sock size!

Jack and Zoe's foot prints

Monday, December 1, 2014


First day of summer, cool, wet and hail forcast!
 Two blankets here in soft spring greens, so much fun to weave.  
Had so many blankets to freight to Auckland (and stuff to pick up from there) 
that we decided the cost of freight was a good chunk of a tank of diesel
and the bonus was seeing all the family.
 All four scarves from the same interleaved warp, again fresh spring colours.
And shock my horrors, I'm trying to thread the loom back to front.  Am using a dummy warp and will tie the real warp on from the front.   Seems silly to have to restart the computer to turn the loom on just so I can put a cross in front of the heddles so I can thread 2 threads per dent in the reed and again in front of the reed for the tie on.  Thought this was the easier way to do it rather than wind a warp with 4 dark 1 light 1 dark 1 light for 560 threads.  The bonus is its been easier on the torn shoulder tendons and the back.
This will be grill cloth to cover the speakers on son in laws retro sound system.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Please tell the weather gods its summer!

It has been stormy and quite cool.  Will someone please tell the weather gods its summer.
We went for a walk around the Waitekauri mine site and tailing damn. 
There has been weaving ...
 There has been weaving of blankets, lots of blankets, which means lots of yarn and mohair dyeing.
 Scarf warp on the dobby, cotton 2/20, interleaved threading. Love the blotchiness. 
 Sampling of speaker grill cloth for son in law.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Patons and Baldwins Woolcraft Booklet

I'm a few days late but thought it an appropriate time to show this book which I found on my shelf while looking for a machine knitting booklet on socks (I'm still looking for that!).
Appropriate because on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1914 armistice was declared and World War I ended.
The book has no publication date but one newspaper article tucked into it is dated 1938 so its at least older than that.  It was sold for one shilling - 10 cents in our money.

 The book contains patterns for virtually every type of garment one would ever need, all written line by line, no graphs or schematics.  Above is the range of underwear; underpants, knickers, vests and spencers and below are socks with a range of heels, Dutch, French and auto.  Who would have known!
 Tucked inside are hand written patterns in both my Grandmother's and Mum's writing for Balaclava for Seamen, balaclava and skull cap which gives the book the military significance.
Who knows how many pairs of socks, balaclavas, etc the steel needles I inherited and use have made.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tui and Pohutukawa

My goodness, its taking a while for spring to establish itself, to still be wearing woolies at this time of year is unheard of.  But the cool isn't deterring the tui boys showing off their spring plummage.  Maybe 8 or so years ago I was given the aloe vera plants and was told the tuis would love them - finally this year.  If you click to enlarge you'll see the resident blackbird looking on.

Have just delivered a couple of pohutukawa red blankets to Inspirit Gallery 
down Hamilton way.

Oh nearly forgot to say one of my scarves won a third in the ARTWaikino exhibition but I don't know which one.  So many people have commented to me how poorly my work was displayed that I will think very hard before entering again - or provide my own display prop.

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.