Wednesday, May 26, 2010

To weave, or not to weave.....


My friend Kaite from Yarngarden is taking an on-line workshop from the extremely gifted Jude Hill. Kaite is already quite knowledgeable about weaving, basketmaking and all things fibre, but she thought that she might enjoy the additional exposure and the social aspect of this class. I was intrigued by the simple process, so decided to attempt it, with a few tips from Kaite. The following is my humble attempt at the raw edge weaving of some gifted decorator fabrics (two patterns & a sheer). Let me tell you, it didn't even put a small dent in the stash!!!! I rotary cut (roughly) and then wove the strips, stitched them by machine (apparently a no, no), then cut them in half and rewove them into a much smaller piece. After I finished, I threaded in some recycled sari yarn and added a few hand stitches for effect. I like it.....don't know what the heck I'll do with it....but it's actually quite addicting once you get going. I call the piece "Damn You Kaite", because it's not the project I was supposed to be working on last weekend. That one is still not finished!

8 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

ooh - I LIKE this!! (Love your name for it too!). Blue and rusty tones are favourites of mine.

Kaite said...

sheesh to you AM and MA, i'm not so sure about this name, altho the weaving itself is well...orlrite i s'pose!!
actually i'm envious, i rather like it...k.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Oh, I don't know about MA, but I just couldn't resist!!! LOL! I'm glad that you like it.

Jan said...

This is a wonderful piece, maybe a new direction for you? I love Jude's work too. I can't quite see where you rewove it but that doesn't matter. Is this pretty small? like postcard size? Anyway, I really like it.

Whytefeather said...

It would be neat to see you use one of these (maybe this one?) as the base for a BJP. I think this weaving turned out really well and I love following along with Jude's blog and seeing what she's creating... she's always an inspiration for me. One of these days I will just make time to sit down and play with some of the fabric ideas she shares.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Jan, thanks! The piece is a little larger than a postcard. It was an experiment and I wasn't really focusing on any particular size.

Whytefeather,

I doubt that I will use this for a bjp base this year as I think I'm set on the beading surrounding one of my serendipity landscapes. Let's call it a series for 2010. I do plan on using the weaving on some future piece though, but not sure if it will be mixed with beading. Jude's work is interesting! I do love the concept, but am probably too tied to my sewing machine to follow her completely. I do go slow and then fast and then slow and then fast.......lol! Whatever feels good and works!

Seth said...

This weaving is amazing. It looks so textural!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Thanks, Seth!!! I've been following your blog for a while, so it's nice to have you drop on by. Isn't it amazing how something as simple as torn strips, some yarn and a few stitches can be turned into art. You'll be seeing more of this from me in the future. Of course, mixed up with other stuff, but then that's the nature of the mixed media beast. LOL!