Archive | February, 2013

Vibrant Patterned Scarf

16 Feb

In a post I wrote a few days ago I mentioned a scarf I made for my sister as a Christmas gift. The following photographs show the colours and patterns I incorporated within the piece.

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Experimental Knitting

15 Feb

Today I had an hour to spare so I decided to make up a quick sample on my knitting machine. As a result of the rag rug class I attended before Christmas I have been thinking about ways in which to avoid or reduce material waste. I decided to experiment with weaving some scraps from my felt making and embroidery classes in to a plain dark grey knitted sample. I used small pieces of felt tops, embroidery threads and lengths of wool, which I dyed last year with natural dyes (such as golden rod and nettle). I thoroughly enjoyed creating this sample and plan to create a few more experimental pieces in the coming weeks so keep checking back for updates or follow my blog! Below are some images of the sample.

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Rag Rug Development

10 Feb

I have been making some progress with my rag rug although there are still a few more hours of work to go before this piece is complete. To create this piece I have used an incredible amount of fabric including everything from sheets, blankets and shirts to tablecloths and curtains. I particularly enjoy working with printed fabrics and those embellished with embroidery and sequins. The images below show both the front and reverse of the rag rug.ImageImageImage ImageImage

Pinterest!

8 Feb

During the last few months I have found time to add a few bits and bobs to Pinterest which is a fantastic site I use not only as a source of inspiration but to store and post images. In particular I intend to use the site to store ideas for craft projects as well as images of inspirational interior and fashion design. To see what interests and inspires me, please have a look at my Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/smanff/

Pooley Bridge, Ullswater

4 Feb

Only a short drive from home is Pooley Bridge, a small village on the edge of Ullswater. A few weeks ago I walked from Pooley Bridge along the lakeside path towards Howtown with our dog Pip, taking photographs along the way. There was a slight covering of snow on the ground and it was a cold but bright day, below are some of the images I took.

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Rag Rug Course

3 Feb

For a period of 10 weeks I attended a weekly ‘Rag Rug’ class. During the first few weeks we were taught numerous techniques such as hooky and proddy, braiding and standing wool. We began by trying out techniques on a small sample piece of hessian shown below.

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ImageAfter this we moved on to developing our own pieces. Some students made rugs whilst others made cushions and decorative wall pieces. I decided to create a 60cm square piece, which will either be a rug or a cushion for my new studio.

Unfortunately I did not complete my final piece in the allotted time period due to work commitments. However, I have now sourced some rag rug tools and my dad kindly made me a frame so I am currently working on completing the piece in the evenings. Below are some images showing my progress to date, but keep checking back to see the completed piece!

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It’s been a while!

3 Feb

Today I realised that it has been 5 months since I last wrote a blog post! Following graduation time has flown past. When I last wrote a post I was awaiting the delivery of my garden studio, which has since arrived. It has been painted and decorated and I am just about settled in.

Just before Christmas I traveled to the outskirts of Darlington to collect some yarn for my knitting machine and to Edinburgh for a long weekend to celebrate my sisters 21st birthday. In recent months I have also completed two textile classes in Carlisle one of which was entitled ‘embroidery and textiles’ the other ‘rag rug making’, in addition to this I have began sampling and knitting a few things. The first and only piece I have completed since graduation is a colourful patterned scarf complete with tassels. I gave the scarf as a Christmas present to my sister but I hope to obtain some photographs of it soon to put on my blog!

In the coming weeks I hope to find time to begin blogging regularly once again, I intend to add photographs and explain a little more about the textile courses I have completed and what else I have been busy doing. Below is a photograph of my fantastic new garden studio. Unfortunately the image quality is rather poor as the photograph was taken quickly in fading light using my phone.

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