Dotty has her own range of products

To my surprise my chicken design has proved so popular amongst my friends and visitors to the blog, I have decided to begin work on creating Dotty her own range of products. After weaving almost continuously for the past couple of months I have managed to weave off several metres of the design.

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I thought I would begin with marking out and sewing together some cushion covers. I am keen to make the zips a focal point and in this instance have opted for striking red ones.

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I have put aside enough fabric to design a range of clasp purses and bags. The remainder I have framed, personally I think the design looks rather nice as a piece of wall art.

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Crazy chicken lady continued

I thought it best before I begin making up my new warp, I would use the remaining few feet of an existing one I still have threaded onto my loom. A simple point draft threaded over all 24 shafts provided the perfect bed to weave off another chicken themed piece.

In this instance my little ex-bat Dot, re-homed through the British Hen Welfare Trust became the design’s inspiration, effortlessly posing for drawings and photos she made the perfect muse.

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I experimented with a couple of design ideas, building on the success of my earlier work. I have kept the draft plan relatively simple opting for a twill structure for the majority of the design. The outline shape has seen the most dramatic change from its earlier incarnations.

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The colour choices have been kept relatively true to life, I even got Dot involved in the colour matching much to her bemusement.

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I am absolutely smitten with this design and intend weaving off as much of it as the warp will allow. Perhaps then framing the finished piece or if I have enough turning into a cushion.

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