Saturday, 30 May 2009

on the rocks

Two Pile mats finished

The one with the green is going for £50

The one with the lamp thing is going for £30 cos the end-finishing is cruder and i don't know what the design's all about

These have a lovely feel to them, as the base fabric is 100% wool. They're very soft and pliable.

I'll have some larger mats ready for next month. then i'm going to get on with making a few hammocks.

I'm bored of making scarves just now

oh, as it goes, does anyone here have any suggestions/examples of a good way to roll a blog and a shop up together into one package? I don't really have time to learn to do a load of new programming, so it has to be fairly simple. I'm sure i could create paypal, ebay, folksey (what's that american one called, i can't remember) accounts and so on and link to them from one central place, but it seems somewhat inelegant. It makes more sense to try to encourage people to buy in one place rather than having myself scattered over 10 different auctions.

i could be wrong though



i've put a couple of items up on

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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

not quite alladins lamp

but that's what it makes me think of. the little bit at the top is supposed to be a candle flame or something, but it looks more like a little upside down cross.

it was going to be a boring experiment in circles, but then i got bored. then it was going to be a question mark containing the eye of horus. then i decided i couldn't be bothered thinking that hard. so there you go

this is 5epi, which gives me 2.5 knots per inch. the knots are slightly wider than they are tall. i think if i cram the warp a little bit more, say 8epi, then it might get close to square, which is my goal, so i can plan pictures on a square grid and work from that.

the red stuff is New Fez rug wool from texere. the brown and the white stuff are both berber rug wool from the same company. i'm interested in where it's sourced from (north africa maybe, being berber wool, bit obvious really). it's not the most consistent yarn i've ever used, but i like it nevertheless. it's rug yarn obviously, and apparently not that easy for them to get hold of.

i intend to use the axminster carpet yarn i've got leftover for my next pile project, where i'll probably be trying to get 5-10 knots per inch. i'm working towards finesse. i hope to be able to set any picture to a square grid and weave it without having to think, only referring to the graph. according to collingwood, if done this way, knotted pile can become a technicians task, rather than a full on artistic undertaking.

sourcing wool is once again proving a problem though. i need a healthy quantity of undyed medium weight yarn, but i don't know where to get it.

in other news, my friend showed me his new hammock the other day, and it's just a cotton sheet with a pole and ropes on either end. i could make those. piece of piss.

oh, and there's this. i think i deserve a prize for making those colours co-operate
that's actually a very poor representation of it. i'll take a better pic when it's off the loom and i can get it out of that darkened room it's in

anyway, knotted pile is fun, but do wear a dustmask

Friday, 15 May 2009

Knotted Pile Weaving

Is very time consuming, but i do enjoy it. you get a very satisfying, tactile, squeezy thing.

this all happening in my new decluttered front bedroom which is now a combination loom, art, computer and tea-drinking room.on the left there you may notice a fuzzy thing on a red box. it's not a 2 dimensional caterpillar, but just a wee initial mucking about with the pile thing.

this box isn't perfect for the task given, as you may notice that, apart from the picture being 90 degrees of rotation from true, the sides of the box aren't straight at the bottom. and there's no elegant way around that. i could also use the recycling box from the council, but then i wouldn't have anything to leave my recycling to gather dust and spiders for months on end in. and wouldn't that be awful.

the other thought that this gave me was that if you treated the rectangular plastic box as the basic unit of tat storage when travelling, then you've always got a loom handy, cos you carry all your tat about in it. there's no reason why you couldn't lash a frame around that and call it the top of a backpack.

if one was to use one of the recycling bins that can be found in many counties these days, all over the place, then you could weave a good-sized doormat or portrait-sized hanging, or pillow cover, or anything. you can even sew strips together, like the african way, and make a bigger rug out of many different pieces. there's also no reason that you can't package a warp in such a way that it can be taken off the box while being woven, and anchor it against a tree or a streetlight or some such thing if you're going to be sitting for a few days. then you can use the box to carry water in, for washing up or whatever.

i wonder if i can find a small box i can stuff my tent into