This is an exhibition of textiles designed and woven by Marie Clews and myself. It seems far too soon after my holiday for an exhibition but here it is. Hornsby Library Art Space is a community art space that doubles as a meeting room..The Library is at 44 George St and only a very short walk from Hornsby station..
We are having weaving demonstrations on Thursdays- 18th & 25th October from 1-3pm The exhibition dates are October 13-28.
It was great to see my double weave hangings exhibited as a group and I have included 2 wraps, a few scarves and 2 turned taquete hangings.
If you are thinking of coming, ring the Library on 98476813 to check that the Art Space is open and not closed for a meeting.
It’s time to tie on the warp I dyed for the Convergence fabric length exhibit. I have long missed the deadline, family and life intervened. (Lots of cuddles for a visiting grandchild instead!)
I prefer to tie on if at all possible. Its quicker, you can make tiny colour changes as you go and after you tie, you wind it onto the warp beam just as if you were using a raddle. If it’s a wool warp I usually lift half the shafts while winding on, to prevent little balls of fluff forming… which happens sometimes on 12-15m warps.
The video shows me at the half way stage… I have all the dark ends tied on and sitting on top of the castle and am now working across the warp, tying on the light ends.
I prefer to tie on one thread at a time, taking a thread from the cross in my hand as this preserves the thread order and I find it easier than cutting all the way across and then trying to find the right end to tie..
The next one is to be finished by Monday!!! Again in turned taquete on the same black and natural warp, using a gold-brown weft. The second experience was quicker to weave, mistakes were more recognizable and therefore easier to undo and reweave. I am enjoying using the Megadoo for a wider piece.
I used a free hand line design for the lifting plan, and tried to make the design vary for the entire length of the hanging. I networked this design so that the image edges are rough and jagged- and spear like, to link to the tribal feeling. I wove 2145 picks of a 2400 design, deciding that almost 2 metres was long enough. Part of the design and a close up are below.
The exhibition theme at Craftnsw, the gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW in the Rocks, Sydney, was “Pattern”. This was the stimulus for weaving hangings, with large patterns. Turned taquete produces large patterns. I designed an extended parallel threading which was one design in the threading without a repeat, and a long weaving repeat. The lifting pattern starts to repeat approx. 1/3rd from the bottom.
The hanging is in hand-dyed 20/2’s silk, set at 36epi, and woven at 30ppi with the same silk. Normally a finer grist weft is used for turned taquete, but I wanted the cloth to have sufficient body to hang well. It was 81.5cm in the reed and reduced to 71cm after finishing, 150cm long.
There were quite a few knots in the yarn and at the finish of weaving, there was a lot of hardware hanging off the back beam. These are small garden plant/basket hanging hooks which are a good weight for tensioning a single warp end.
In the pic of the hanging on the loom, you can see that with the thicker weft, the structure shows that it has been derived from Summer and Winter, but the floats are warp floats. A repaired thread is shown at the base of the pic with the thread wrapped around a pin.