I made this little sample quickly yesterday and can’t wait to explore this further. I warped a tiny frame loom with some very rough hemp, and wove it with alternate picks of torn fabric and thick and thin Colinette yarn. Then I threw it in the washing machine with a load of washing.

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When it came out I thought it looked quite interesting, with some parts firmly felted and some holes, especially where the yarn was thin. I hadn’t planned to remove the warp as well but once the idea occurred to me it became an irresistible ‘what if’, so I snipped the knots and pulled out the hemp. I wondered if the wool would hold the weft together and the answer is yes. I like the way it’s solid in places and fragile in others, just like memory. I also like the texture and structure of it, and the way the effect of the warp persists.

I’m going to have a play with handspun and unspun wool, and different kinds of fabric, and different warps, felting by hand, to see what emerges. I imagine a series of pieces, ragged yet strong, To do with prayer and memory and being made new. I am thinking about habits and quotidien rhythms and the structure of praying the hours, and how our outworn clothes embody our history and memory, about what we keep and what we waste, and about connections and inclusion and mixing things up. All sorts of things.

weaving play

4 thoughts on “weaving play

  • April 24, 2012 at 9:33 am
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    Love the colours you’ve used. Makes me want to get my loom out 🙂

  • April 25, 2012 at 5:10 am
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    Love this experiment – really interesting. I especially love the ‘what if’ part – that piques my interest a lot.

  • April 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm
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    The sample is pretty and interesting – definitely needs more experimenting with that! I love the way the fabric has ruched up.

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