Felt balls with wandering warps by Kim @ The Saori Shed.
Wandering forest by George C, woven while expecting her little girl.
Elements 2 – Air by Julienne Hanson. The warp for this banner comprises light grey, cream and dark grey silk threads, in the proportions of 21% oxygen, 1% trace gases and 78% nitrogen respectively, that together make up Earth’s atmosphere. Trace gases include argon, carbon dioxide, neon, methane, helium krypton, hydrogen and xenon. The airy weft is woven in five bands of grey and cream mixed wool/silk yarns that represent the five layers of the atmosphere - troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and exosphere – in their various proportions. The weaving includes stripes of unwoven warp, hand manipulated leno (twisted warps) and Brooks bouquet (tied warps) that emphasise the ‘airy’ qualities of the banner, which has been embellished with goose feather quills at the bottom warp end, and duck down feathers along the selvedges that float about to reveal unseen air currents in the room in which the banner is displayed. The finished dimensions of the banner are 152” (3.86 m) long by 15” (380 mm) wide, excluding the plied/twisted fringes and goose feather quills.
Elements 4 – Water by Julienne Hanson. The warp for this banner comprises a mix of green and blue fine cotton and silk yarns. The banner is weft-dominant, and is woven using a clasped weft technique that allows the weft to travel across the banner in a series of shallow curves, which represent the liquid, fluid qualities of water. The colour palette rises from deep blue at the bottom of the banner (deep water) to pale blue (shallow water), and eventually to white (representing ripples and spume) at the banner’s top. The banner is embellished by 14 silk fish that ‘swim’ along the banner’s fringes. The finished dimensions of the banner are 144” (3.66 m) long by 18” (460 mm) wide, excluding the plied/twisted fringes and dimensional fish.
Freestyle banner with joy by Julie Mackinder.Bright clasped weft technique by Rachel Berry.