Tag Archives: Upcycling

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

Alessandra Rigillo

31 Oct

The pieces shown below are from Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining by Alessandra Rigillo. I came across her work whilst researching the concept of ‘old and new, traditional and contemporary’. On the homepage of her website there is a phrase I particularly like: ‘Pearls and Plumbing, Silk, Silver and Scrap’. This phrase sums up her work perfectly as a combination of elements are required to create these unique and interesting pieces.

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