Niddy noddy

Sunday, April 26, 2009

hanging up/out

These are the latest bags I've knitted and felted in the machine - hanging up to dry with boxes/books to keep them in shape.

I'm pleased with these, though the felting process is still rather random - keeps it exciting though!

These are for the made4aid project.

And, in the background, you can see the washing machine - its a lovely sunny day, I must go and hang out sheets to dry as well!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Braid bag

This is a bag I made some years ago
(don't want to check how many, danger of finding out its at least twice as long as I might imagine...).

I was doing a City & Guilds course in weaving and design, a fantastic course at a local college - and this project was to demonstrate particular weaving skills and to develop a working design and produce a finished product based on an art-board on the theme of Water.

The bag is made of a number of narrow, flat inkle braids [about an inch wide] - made on a loom like this, but much smaller - and the braids were then sewed together vertically.

A lot of my work is given away but this is one item I've kept and enjoyed using myself.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

catching up

I've just been looking over all my previous posts.
All of them.
Since I began this blog in May 2006.

It didn't take long.
I've been so intermittent and inconsistent with posting here - 3 years, and not an awful lot of posts.

So, I'm going to try and catch up a bit by doing some posts on things I've made in the past, which I haven't blogged. 
I have put photos of some of these on flickr. But there are things I made before I began using a digital camera - so, I have scanning plans too.

The first item in my catch-up retrospective is this baby shawl, which I knitted while pregnant 15 years ago.

It is a traditional pattern from the Shetland islands, off the far coast of Scotland, and the source of fairaisle patterns and a multitude of other wonderful textile skills and traditions.

I loved knitting this - I enjoy stitch patterns and knitting in the round.  Trying to remember how the pattern went, I think the middle was knitted straight in moss stitch and then the rest was knitted around the edge on circular needles.

The pattern and yarn came from here and the shawl is now safely stashed away for future generations (what a funny thought, future generations).