Monday, July 28, 2014

Tangerine Dream

I entered Tangerine Dream in Creative Fibre Experience exhibition and it has been accepted.  Whew!
16/2 cotton, 48 epi, weft 2 x 16/2 threads.
A networked warp based on a three end initial with 3 echoes.  That is 4 warp lines each a different colour, blue, green, orange, yellow.  I should probably have used two different colours in the weft but I don't have a great selection of cotton so I used the same blue and orange as in the warp.
Click on the pics for a clearer look.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, more blankets

More blankets, this time kingfisher (kotare) one with a blue weft and one turquoise, have been delivered to Inspirit Gallery

 And the next one on the loom is wonderful shades of red, deep and moody.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Computer on the blink again

Its been a while and, as my computer is on the blink again, it might be longer yet!  That's the computer that drives my loom - sniff, sniff.  I just put a 16/2 cotton warp on, 1008 threads.  As I walk past I smile and say 'you are pretty'.  Not that I don't have a backload of blankets on order to keep me busy.

Last week I presented my workshop "Knitting Our Unique Yarns" to a group of ladies from the Pahoia Spinners and Weavers club.  It went well (I think) with some positive comments.  I figure that if the students are entertained for a morning and enthused to pick up their needles and cast a project on its worth it.  I asked the ladies to fill in a short questionnaire at the end and they gave me some excellent feedback which I'm happy to take on board.  The last question was 'should I give up tutoring' and they all said no so there we are.  One dear lady rang me in the evening to say how much she enjoyed her morning which I appreciated.

I sent my work off to the Creative Fibre Experience exhibition but can't show photos until after selection.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

This weeks creations

 Ebony and kiekie blankets for Pauanesia.
 There is a national exhibition, Creative Fibre Experience, coming up very fast and I thought I should make an entry as I was a selector last year.  Well ...  I've decided I shouldn't try so hard to make something special for exhibition but to make what I love and set it aside when it excites me.
A few weeks ago I acquired a box of 16/2 cotton thread from a friend and the colours spoke to me.  Here it is still on the loom trying a new weave from "Echo and Iris".  More information when it is finished and been through the wet bath.
 Earlier in the year I bought two lots of sliver from "fibre2go" at the Majacraft Camp in Rotorua.  It has been spun and knitted.  The slivers were called "Jewels" and "Purples" and the pattern is by Stephen West called Metalouse free from Knitty Winter 2012.  I have a real thing for slip stitch knit patterns at present.