I can’t believe it’s been such a long time since I last updated. My weaving has remained pretty constant over this period, I have been busy developing new ideas and weaving off existing ones. As I discussed in an earlier post my intention was to weave off much larger pieces of fabric from one of my favourite collections.
I have made excellent progress with this and I am now at a point that I can begin work experimenting and prototyping products. what a wonderful feeling it is to see all my months of hard work planning and designing finally be at a usable stage.
I began by making a small collection of cushion covers, I think the scale of my designs and choice of yarn lend themselves better to home furnishing products, although I have not completely ruled out developing a range for fashion in the future.
One thing I think is missing from the designs is a way of identifying that they are mine, perhaps branding them in some way is crucial. I need to do a bit of research into printed tags I can sew onto the products.
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.
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.
The colour choices have been kept relatively true to life, I even got Dot involved in the colour matching much to her bemusement.
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.