WOOLWeaving - Needle Felt
Below are examples of my work with wool. My first encounter with wool was learning how to spin in 1975 which quickly progressed to weaving with hand-spun wool in the following winter. I also have a passion for using the ancient art of ‘Ikat’, which is the oldest known way of getting patterns on cloth in Asia. This is created by tie-dyeing your warp or weft threads to stop the dye from going into the wool and these threads can be manipulated to create different designs. For these, I usually use natural dyes also. I am hoping to find the time (Ikat is very time-consuming) to do some more Ikat dyed and woven scarves using natural dyes
I now mainly work with commercial wool and other fibers and have been weaving with Collinette dyed wools produced in Mid Wales to weave scarves to sell.
Needle Felting is a relatively new skill I have acquired and makes charming 3D pieces, including birds, animals, Christmas decorations, etc.
I have also recently developed a simple rustic ‘Weaving Kit’ for people to ‘have a go’ at weaving using lots of lovely coloured and natural threads and fleece. Currently, there are 5 different styles available all with a different theme, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter and a pretty Lilac Lavender colour way too.
Below are examples of beautiful scarves that are woven by hand on a floor loom.
Handwoven on a floor loom, using Collinette ‘hullabaloo’ yarn. This yarn is aran punctuated with a twist of pure black welsh wool.
The design on this beautiful lightweight scarf was created using the Ikat technique, which is tie-dyeing the warp prior to warping the loom. Using the natural dye of onion skins to create the design.
The design on this beautiful lightweight scarf was created using the Ikat technique, which is tie-dyeing the warp prior to warping the loom. Using natural dyes of fustic, fustic overdyed with indigo, cochineal and indigo to create the design.
Beautiful hand-woven rugs, made from local Welsh sheep fleece in natural colours. These rugs are about 1” thick, woven on a linen or cotton warp. They are ideal for lazing on in front of the fire.
‘Rune of Protection’ rug made from white and black fleece sheep, this was woven ‘Navaho Style’ meaning it is within an enclosed continuous warp with no fringing 6’ x 4’6” about 1” thick. Sold and went to Russia.
Fleece rug, woven on a Dryad two shaft rug floor loom, approx 1” thick approx 5’ x 3, made from natural dark and light grey, white and dark brown sheep fleece.
The ‘Ying Yang’ design sheep fleece rug, woven ‘Navaho’ style, where the warp is enclosed in a continuous warp with no fringing, approx 5’ x 3, 1” thick. Natural white, black and small amount of natural dyed yellow sheep fleece.
The ‘Zig Zag’ rug, is made from sheep fleece that was carded and then pulled out as it was woven, so it is thinner than the others. Natural dyed Indigo, cochineal, natural dark brown and white fleece. This rug was a labour of love a there are so many colour way changes with every row in the zig-zag design and using thinner fleece took a lot longer to make, woven on a floor loom. 6’ x 32” (still in possession)