Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blankets Kotare and Huia Bay

Yes, the last blankets for this year are finished and waiting for their forever homes.
Kotare is in Inspirit Gallery.  She is 80% mohair with about 20% wool.
 It always seems to be blowing here especially when I'm in a hurry to catch the mail.
 Lots of mohair makes for a light, warm throw.

 Huia Bay and village are in West Auckland, part of the Waitakeres. 
(Picture from Wikipedia.)
My interpretation of Huia Bay with the sun twinkling on the water.

  Will be in Pauanesia soon.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Possum merino wrap and Infinity scarves

Walked to Anawhata Beach this morning, glorious day and I had done my 10,000 steps before lunch.  Hence time to write to you.

I have the loom threaded with an echo warp so thought I'd use up a prewound warp I've had on the shelf for hur hmmm I don't remember.  One thread is possum merino silk and the other a fine cashmere.  The possum is about 2 1/2 times thicker than the cashmere so wondered how it would work out.  
 Worked out pretty good actually.  This wrap has a 60/2 silk weft in black.  All these luxurious fibres are devine together.
 Above is a double wrap infinity scarf and below a single wrap infinity scarf.  These have an elasticated merino weft which again is awesome, closing the warp threads up.
 The top scarf has a point twill weft and the bottom another version.  What is the difference between point twill and gebrochene - can anyone tell me?
We have a wonderful new gallery opened at the beach called Waihi Beach Gallery.  I took these in to Ana and Andrew expecting them to choose one, maybe two.  If you'd like one they are all on display at the Gallery.

We are going away for a few days to Mt Ruapehu to do some walking.  Well Pete will stride it out, I'll struggle along behind, catching up when he stops for a photograph.  Hence the training walk this morning.  Catch up next week, all gong well.

Pohutukawa Blankets

Pohutukawa blankets are available in Pauanesia store, very warm and snuggly.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Orange place mats

First up a gratuitous picture of the view from my kitchen window.  Saw the sun catching on the freight ship but I wasn't quick enough finding my camera.  Love the colour in the dunes.
Finished two mats in the pattern I spoke of last post and they do look so dynamic when hemmed and pressed.

Unfortunately, I'd used most of the warp making this table centre to match four mats made previously in 4 colour double weave but with an altered tie up.  My little camera had a hard time capturing them as the pattern tends to shimmer a bit.
But, oooh, I do like them.

And a better picture of this piece that can be a table centre or runner for two, replacing single mats.

I'm liking this so much I'm wondering about fabric for top or jacket.  
Dreams keep us going!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Table mats

Looking for some advice please.  You may remember a couple of posts ago I was working on these place mats.  They are finished but I haven't been able to get a "beauty" shot of them.

As there are still several metres of orange and white warp on the loom I thought I'd try another style but they aren't singing to me.  What do you think?  Too busy for a table setting?  The ends are just folded under and all the threads sticking out from the under side are trials of colour, thickness and pattern.
 Reverse side showing more orange.  I'm not an orange fan so maybe that is influencing my thoughts.
 My second query is, how would you present place mats to a shop or gallery for display/sale purposes?  Pinned in a stack, boxed, rolled with paper band around.  As a customer I'd want to be able to feel them and see at least one flat on a surface.
Any thoughts on these subjects?

Blankets, what else!

More blankets heading to Pauanesia soon in gorgeous indigo blue tones. 
I've had fun changing the stripe arrangement in each.

 After the tasseling is complete and before the fulling process every tassel is trimmed.

 A belated birthday gift (late only because of the mail) arrived.  Am enjoying the read and the eye candy.

 And another blanket I made as a stash buster which I called Moody Sea.  Available at the fabulous new Waihi Beach Gallery.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Creative Fibre Bay of Plenty Area Exhibition

Yesterday I drove to Mount Maunganui for the opening of the Creative Fibre Bay of Plenty Area Exhibition.
(This was an effort having spent the day before on my bed with some unknown bug!)  For one reason and another the bi-annual exhibition has been postponed for the last few years so we haven't had one for ages.

Those who follow my facebook page (diannedudfieldsweaving) will know that my table runner, Ravenna, spoken about last post received the Barbara Wilson Award for excellence in weaving.  A big thrill.
But then it got better and I received the Best in Show Award for "Dragon's Breath"
So very exciting.
It was a super day catching up with other weavers and friends
and I might have just come home with a couple of cones of merino, possum, silk.