The Making of a Weaving

Creating fiber art that is beautiful, meaningful, and made from quality materials is a passion of mine. Before, I wanted to use all recycled yarn, but it's not always in the best shape or the best smell or color. I took some time to think about the types of pieces I wanted to create, and what I would need to make them a reality, and then I invested in some gorgeous materials. Among them are flax, linen, cotton, wool, and hemp.

The Making of a Weaving

I also gathered driftwood and shells from the shore last weekend. I was able to find shells with holes in them - perfect for threading into the weaving for a bit of oceanic detailing. A friend told me that these shells have such perfect round holes in them because in the ocean, a crab will bore into the shell to get at the shellfish meat inside. Then when the shell washes ashore, it gets washed over and over again in the water until the edges of the hole are soft and rounded, and it looks as though the hole has always been there. 

My friend Liz built my largest loom for me - a simple frame, with beautifully fitted corners. I recently decided to add nails along all four edges to create tapestry weavings with neat hems and easier warping. 

The Making of a Weaving

This past week I worked on this piece every night until finishing it today. Sometimes I love my pieces, and sometimes I'm less than impressed with my work, but this particular piece was so beautiful to create. The cotton tassels, the contrast of the blue, and the thick white roving - it all came together so wonderfully.

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The Making of a Weaving

It's not often that the colors and textures come together so wonderfully, but the neutrals paired with the muted aquamarine wool and the pale wooden beads perfectly. This piece is available in my shop - see more details below. 

Lighting Inspiration

Lately I've been thinking about designing more textile lighting. The commissions I worked on last year and the year before that were truly inspiring and unlike anything I had ever done before. And now that Etsy can connect designers with manufacturers, the possibilities are growing ever wider. These are a few of the projects I've been kind of drooling over:

Aren't they beautiful? I've already started to think about my own designs. I even put together a little hanging chandelier from a vintage doily, vintage hoop, and cotton thread:

More to come!

All photos except bottom two are from Pinterest, not my own photos.