Monday, 27 July 2015

New Summer Jacket

I have been enjoying weaving a summer warp that I made from rich reds, yellows,oranges and purple cottons and silks inspired by some lovely Norfolk sunsets we've been enjoying. This was a real joy to weave. I especially liked playing with the different tonal effects created by weaving contrasting colours on the same warp, leading to some of the cloth being more red and other parts more purple. 
I wanted to make one of the patterns in the Saori blue pattern book - Fuku no Katachi ni Suru - coat on page 81, but I didn't have quite enough cloth ( I had already used some of the warp for a hanging). So in true Twisted Tailor style I frogged it :) Found some lovely natural cotton in red and magenta and made triangle shapes to fit into the gaps. Adding triangles instead of rectangles to the front gives the jacket a more flowing shape and nice drape. After playing around with it discovered its even better upside down! Reminds me of a styalized kimono. Great to wear on summer eves :)

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Woolfest 2015

Back home and feeling inspired and envigorated after another FANTASTIC Woolfest :) Such a joyful weekend in the beautiful Cumbrian hills. We had our Saori stall with 2 looms set up for everyone to have a play at weaving Saori - it was lovely to see so many people finding pleasure in Saori. 
The Woolclip put a great show together with loads of inspiring textiles and fantstic fibres. I found some fibre treasures for the studio including dyed silk hankies and rainbow roving-weavers coming to the studio in the next few weeks can enjoy the treats!

Big thanks to Janine, Ruth and Jo for helping out and inspiring all :)
Beautiful Cumbrian hills on the drive up

Famous Blacknose sheep - these lovelies went to a very good hairdressers!

Stunning weaves on the Woolclip aisle
Looms set up before the doors opened
Local Saori weavers work on display

Weaving banner

Love this about Woolfest! Herdwick being taken to the ring :)

Beautiful work at the Arty Bird stand

Beautiful plant dyed yarns and weaves from Ananuca artisans in Chile

2 Banners created at Woolfest - one of them was won by raffle ticket no.55