The focus of my own weaving is usually some aspect of the natural world that has inspired me, influencing my choice of colour and textures. For example after having a very close encounter with a pair of Kingfishers whilst in a canoe, I was inspired to weave in oranges and turquoises, a vivid and dramatic colourway.
This weave was inspired by a chance encounter with a pair of Kingfishers that were feeding young as we took a canoe down the river.
The Colours of Florence
Inspired from an autumn trip to this magical city. A city rich in colour, art and architecture with magnificent light which enriches all its beauty. Spinning yarn to achieve the colours and textures is very important to my work. I love colour mixing and being able to card and spin my own fibre to get the effects that I desire.
Spinning yarn to achieve the colours and textures is very important to my work. I love colour mixing and being able to card and spin my own fibre to get the effects that I desire.
Recently, I have spun the wool, woven the fabric and made a cushion to match the colours of a newly decorated room in my nephew’s house.
I loved graduating from black to charcoal to orange, it was vibrant and young and fun to make, just like them really!
Occasionally I dye some of my fibre. This is great fun and especially natural dyeing. Last summer I had a fun day with natural dyeing in the garden with a friend. I found weld growing very near to my home on waste ground, so we popped it into the pot and got an amazing yellow which I later spun into yarn and used to weave a coffee cosy commission.
From fibre to finish!
Early on in my weaving adventure I dyed silk to make a scarf, one of my first great achievements. I used a pattern on a greetings card as my inspiration and built my palette around the subtle blues, lavenders, greens and a splash of yellow. I used acid dyes to space dye the different silks, this is a process where you paint colour with the use of a pipette. I used these threads in my warp as well as my weft. I was completely hooked by the time I had finished this scarf, and couldn’t wait for the next project.
SELLING MY OWN PROJECTS
I have sold some of my work at maker’s markets and craft fairs, and have recently had some commissions. Maker’s markets are a great way to stay in touch with customers, get ideas and understand what people are looking for. I would say that the most comments I receive are about colour. Having fun with colour just adds to the joy of making. This is something I encourage the children in my workshops to do, enjoy colour, be bold and experiment to find out what works for you.