Working for the next exhibition!

January- February

This is the result of working at an unreal rate for the end of Jan and then separated into each week in February!!

Now a little bit about them

These two have a green cotton slub as warp, at 15epi.  Both have a thick end of mercerized cotton as an accent at irregular intervals.  The weft is two strands of fine cotton.  The Spanish Lace was added with three threads of the thick mercerized cotton.  These were examples for the Finger Manipulated class for the Guild Summer School in January.  Woven on the Louet David, and the warp tied onto a previous warp.

3 Double Weave Scarves.

These were a follow on from this idea….

which became a hanging and another piece for a wrap.

3 scarves in double weave

I altered the square in the middle by dividing it into small sections and adding more interest.  These are in hand dyed silk and have lots of additional colours added in as weft as well.  Warp is 40epi 20/2 silk, weft 20/2 silk.  Love the vibrant colours, enjoyed playing around with design variations.

These are pieces to illustrate Double weave at the Grampian Textures workshop in March 2017.  Woven on the Louet Octado.

A White warp for four scarves on the Megado 32.

Original designs on 32 shafts

…Warp Mulbery 20/2 silk at  25epi.  from left to right

  • Mulberry silk weft in an original M and O’s design on 24 shafts with a plain weave border.
  • Hand dyed grey weft in an original gum leaf design
  • silk noil weft woven in broken twill, original design
  • silk noil weft in original gum leaf design

The last two were to convince the Morriset group  at their workshop on silk, that silk noil was a good weft to use, and lovely when contrasted with shiny Mulberry silk!!

These 2 in  hand-dyed 20/2 silk, also came off this loom.


Weaving Shadow Weave.

Always like this weave and enjoy exploring what is possible.  This is 8-14 from Marion Powell’s book on Shadow weave.

Shadow weave

The  3 scarves on the right are Marion’s designs and the one on the left is my design which is a combination of many elements.  They are woven in 22/3 wool, very soft and machine washable.  I originally dented at 15epi and wove the first one, bottom right, and then re dented to 17 epi, to obtain a squarer weave…felt the circles were a bit flat in the first one.  The change of colour in the weft, using purple and taupe, rather than the green and cream,  ( top right) added  interest to the group.

In the one I designed, I made a rough calculation of where the centre would be and made a design for that number of picks… but by the time I wove that length I needed another few picks to get to the real centre and altered the design to get the extra length.  Pleased overall, and nice to have a border on each end.

Playing with Collapse.

Collapse weave

Warp is Passive /  Active  yarns in 24 end stripes  with the passive yarn, a fine yarn 30/2 from Nundle Mill…. machine wash and soft, as the stripe at each selvedge.  The active yarn was one from an Anne Field workshop 56/2 high twist wool, from a long time ago… hidden in the stash!!.   Both sett at 25 epi.

Lower scarf woven in Nundle as plain weave and twill in the high twist in bands of 48 picks… Upper scarf had 96 picks of each in combinations of plain weave and twill. The nundle passive yarn forms the curved selvedge.

Then i wove the same warp with the Nundle only as weft, which gave lovely bubbles in a linear structure.

And then one with the high twist.

collapse weave


I had to work a lot harder in fulling the scarves than I had previously… probably because I sett it at 25epi rather than the 20 I had used before… the high twist yarn areas feel a lot softer though.

These are a fine linen 35/2 and a feltable wool and angora mix in stripes and check. Happy with the 4 white threads at the selvedge to emphasise the  curve.


Wrap in 20/2 hand-dyed silk.

Broken twill wrap

hand-dyed silk for wrap


Lots of use of 2 shuttles, weaving 2 and 1, 3 and 1 and 1 and 1 to carefully graduate colours.

Nothing yet woven in March!!

Reflections on Fabric Exhibition August 13-25, 2015


Reflections on Fabric opens at  the Palm House in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney,  at 10 am on August 13 and continues daily 10 am- 4pm till August 24, and our last morning 10 am-12 noon on August 25  (for last minute purchases!!)

Hand woven, hand knitted and hand felted scarves, wraps, garments and accessories, wall hangings, tapestries, rugs, throws, beadwork, costume jewellery, basketry and enamels will be on display.

The work has been made  by well established artists, with styles of their own, often having worked in their chosen fields for 30 years.   Their work is a joy to behold,  shows excellence in design, craftmanship and professional finish.

Each day some of the artists will be at the exhibition to explain the techniques, while others work in their Sydney studios. Come and meet the artists!    Be inspired!

To get to this exciting free event, walk from St James station along Art Gallery Rd or catch the Art Gallery Bus from York St, near Town Hall.  Enter the Gardens via Wooloomooloo Gate  (There is wheel chair access as well)


Anne Eagar

Anne has been book binding for several years

This year her work features prints, and previously, marbled papers

Hand Stitched Book

Hand Stitched Book








Handmade book by Anne Eagar, leather and marbled paper

Handstitched paper bound in leather and marbled paper

Denise Stevens

Denise specializes in tapestry weaving, but also weaves cloth and baskets.

Jacararanda Basket by Denise Stevens

Hand stitched basket, Linen and Jacaranda.

Handwoven scarf in advancing twill

Handwoven scarf in advancing twill

















Trudy Billingsley 

Hand stitched Fabric Sculpture

Hand stitched Fabric Sculpture








Handstitched  fabric and decorative necklace

Handstitched fabric and decorative necklace

T Billingsley 3

Helen McGavin Smith

Magic in knitting… Reshaped, resized by felting and making great hats.

Hand knitted hat

Hand knitted hat

Wendy Cartwright

specializes in woven fabric, garments and some knitted scarves and  beadwork

Garment from hand woven fabric

Garment from hand woven fabric woven in wool, using the Theo Moorman technique.

Knitted scarf featuring thick and thin yarns

Knitted scarf featuring thick and thin yarns









Liz Gemmell

Liz Gemmell's Silk Jacket

Liz Gemmell’s Silk Jacket

The jacket is made from pure silk fabrics, some of which have been dyed in Shibori texhniques.  The jacket has been pieced together using the Pojagi patchwork technique and the colour placement is inspired by Mondrian.  The garment is Liz’s own design and can be worn upside down to give two different looks


Sylvia French

spins great Art Yarn, and knits/crochets it into textured collars and neckpieces.

Beehive Art Yarn

Beehive Art Yarn

She also does some eco dyeing for  fabric wall pieces and cushions

Marie Clews

specializes in tapestry weaving, especially wedge weaving

Wedge weave tapestry, giving fluted selvedges and lots of colour interaction.

Wedge weave tapestry, giving fluted selvedges and lots of colour interaction.

She also weaves fabric, and table linens.

Heather Calnan

Liz Calnan