Saturday, August 27, 2016


It has been almost a year since I updated this site. I haven't stopped weaving - more that I have been enjoying weaving so much, I don't get around to using the computer as much as I used to. So here are a few of the things I have made recently.

Bill decided he would like a "bespoke" vest, along the lines of something he would have worn back in his "hippie" days. He has hardly taken it off since I finished it.

Below Left: This was a team effort. Helene spun the fibre, Gill (modelling it) borrowed my Saori loom and wove the fabric, and I made the garment for them to take to England next month.
Right: Black, white and grey Saori jacket I made for myself. It looks better in real life than in the photo.


Above Left: Bead leno wrap woven from my handspun and dyed merine/bamboo
Above Right Handspun dyed and woven scarf of wool from Downs breed sheep

Above: I wove two silk scarves from very fine silk, with textured inlays of silk and wool. Oneof them now resides in Florida.
Below Left: Wrap woven on a handpainted weft, and Right, a six metre length I have woven but not yet made up. The weft is a blue green mohair/wool blend, with blue and green mohair inserts

Below left: a Saori vest , and right a close up of the woven fabric, with cotton, silk, wool, novelty yarn and cut up fabric strips

Two hand dyed silk scarves I wove using the bead leno technique. One for my sister and the other for my neighbour for her 60th birthday.

Below: Footwarmers for my two delightful great nieces

Below left: I seemed to have a lot of pinks in my stash, and I am not really a pink person. But as soon as I took it in to show my fellow weavers, two of them asked to buy it! It is currently on holiday in Tasmania with its owner.

My friend Gill is the model for a lot of the garments I have made.

Above: I had a big roll of 1 inch wide blue fabric, so I did a rag weaving, with indigo dyed cotton for the warp and some of the weft, the cotton and some novelty yarns. I gave this to my daughter for her birthday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Three months after the exhibition...

Bill's teal boucle scarf, trimmed with silk bands
Blue mohair scarf for Bill

The first few weeks after the exhibition, I relaxed with some simple projects. Bill was feeling the winter cold, so I wove him a couple of scarves. and then some Saori scarves - I decided it was time to make a couple for myself! The first one sold to a friend as soon as she saw it, before I even had time to photograph it!

Then I set about doing a weavers jacket and another mantle in blue-greens, which I had been asked to make for visitors at the exhibition.

Lorelle modelling the Saori weavers Jacket

Gill modelling the Blue-green Mantle/jacket

Autumn toned Saori scarf

My Exhibition at Wollombi

Lots of work went into preparing items for the exhibition I held at Wollombi, in late May/early June. But it was very successful. About 3/4 of the items I exhibited were sold. I invited Helene Taylor to join me, to show some of her magnificent fine knitting. her items did not sell as well, but they attracted a lot of positive interest and attention.

I did not intend to take orders for other items, but several people were disappointed to see what they liked had a red dot on it already. So post exhibition I have been bust making some more garments.

Here are some pics of the gallery, as we set it up, and on the busy first morning.

Tracey and Mwyf came up to help me set up the exhibition. Their help and creativity was invaluable.

The back wall

side wall with some of my scarves, and Helene's wonderful hand knitted shawl

More scarves
I made up the autumn fabric I wove a few weeks into another mantle. It sold the first night!

Wraps, hangings, and foot-warmers

Wraps, scarves, and foot-warmers

More wraps, a hanging, and the purple toned mantle/jacket I made several months ago
Me on opening night

This autumn toned, warp dyed ruana also sold the first night

Plenty of lookers and buyers on the first morning

Lots of lookers and buyers

My saori loom on display attracted lots of interest. It was even more popular when grand-daughter Isabelle spent a morning demonstrating it. Grand-daughter Jessica demonstrated an inkle loom at the same time.

I am so thrilled with the way the exhibition went.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

and a few more bits and pieces I just remembered..

A wild pair of footwarmers, with sheepskin soles.

Cotton table runner with lemon grass
Cotton table runner with NZ flax
A ruana, with hand painted warp. The colours don't look as bright in this pic as they are.

wraps and scarves

With my exhibition at Wollombi at the end of May/early June, I have been having fun making whatever I feel like. Here are some of the scarves and wraps I have just made:
Autumn tones in this 5 metre woven length. I haven't decided yet how I will make it up.

hand painted weft on this wool wrap

hand dyed silk scarf

Just for a change, a crochet cowl

silk and wool blend bead leno scarf

Bead leno wrap  - silk and wool with silk ribbon

Purple tones, arm knitted cowl
Purple tones, Saori scarf, wool with silk elements

more wall hangings

I have been enjoying making some more wall hangings lately. Mostly earthy colours, with sticks, grasses and other plant material incorporated into the wools.
This is a clasped weave, decorated with seeds from a Norfolk Island Pine

this one is about1.5 metres long, and includes hemp fibre, NZ flax and a jacaranda seed pod.

Palm flower stalks and wool

Using palm flower stalks in fibonacci sequence

Beads and buttons along with chunky wools