Wednesday, 28 March 2007

weaving with textiles

Since my pottery days I've had an ongoing fascination with vessel shapes and find myself now translating them from clay to textiles.
Ever since I bought this book:

I've had a yen to try something like this:

so first made some cord by cutting up a light fabric into strips, twisting it into a cord-ish shape and running it through the sewing machine with a zig zag stitch

textile weaving

I first tried joining the strips with a traditional basket method as described in the book where the joining thread appears on the outside of the basket, but the appearance just wasn't working for me so I went to the next idea of using a sewing needle and hiding the joining stitches

textile weaving

textile weaving

As you can imagine it is a very slow process and I'm afraid I suffer from something called "want it finished NOW" ..... I kinda lost interest before it turned into a vessel, and it grew into a barnacle

textile weaving

textile weaving

I've started another in a different colour scheme, I might make this one a long term project

textile weaving

textile weaving

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arlee said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOI gotta try that!!!!!!!! Looks fabulous--colourway and texture and finished product!!!!

catsmum said...

that book looks fabulous but if I had it I'd still just be looking and dreaming. Kudos for actually jumping in and doing ... and acheiving such an interesting result [ and that 'interesting' is meant in a very positive way with no ironic shadings attached. ]

Erica said...

Arlee..try it, it's fun
Susan..I have so many craft books and I usually just look and dream, so decided it was time I started trying out some of the information, thanks for the positive 'interesting'... I've heard it before as in "oh, that's.......(long pause)...interesting" (big grin)

Dianne said...

I LOVE these. The "barnacle" has so much texture, and that coloured cord is so vibrant.

shula said...


Unknown said...

love your work,
have been dreaming about that book for long i am convienced...have to have..


Anonymous said...

This is so stunning. I think I have to pick that book up. I have been spinning fabric strips on my spinning wheel for years but I want to try this new approach to creating form. Lovely!

Erica said...

not sure how I managed to miss the rest of the comments but thanks everyone,
cindie-loo, I haven't tried spinning fabric on the wheel, but will give it a try, thanks

fontainefleurie said...

I just read this post - I love the structure you has made with this simple form and by multiplying them it is gonna be art!

And this book looks very interesting.

I keep on reading the rest of your logs, regards Dorie

Erica said...

thanks Dorie

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