Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Reflective Commentary of Assignment four

A Reflective Commentary of Assignment four I attempted this assignment during a particularly stressful time, relocating back to UK from Japan.  For much of the last few months I was between homes, with all my worldly goods either in storage or in transit, so I had limited access to a studio or materials.  I was […]


Theme Book – Japanese Textiles

Theme Book so far…. I have been consistently adding to my Theme Book, collecting and collating information, photos, brochures and postcards relating to my theme of Japanese Textiles over the last few months.  Recently I started putting all the material in some sort of order and started sticking down images.  It became clear that some […]

Stage 4 Developing design ideas into Weaving 2

Sample 2 Having completed Sample 1, I felt like trying something a little more free and intuitive, using different materials and decided to try the second approach.  We were asked to choose a word as a starting point and I chose ‘Wabi Sabi’.  I starting collecting together magazine images, some of my photos and other […]

Stage 4 Developing design ideas into Weaving 1

Sample 1 For this sample, I selected a very simple painting of Mount Fuji which I bought in Tokyo, just before I left.  I was attracted by the simple shapes and range of colours which captured the essence of Fuji and was very keen on using it as inspiration for a tapestry weaving.     […]

Stage 3 Experimenting with different materials

Stage 3 Experimenting with different materials  For the next piece, I chose a range of materials to experiment with and decided to warp the frame up with paper string as I like the texture and wanted a more ‘rustic’ look to the piece.  Fabrics chosen to weave with included strip of cotton fabrics, tapestry yearn, […]

Notes on Project 9

Notes on Project 9 Did you have enough variety in your collection of yarns and other materials? Which kind of yarns, etc., did you use most? How do their characteristics affect the look and feel of each sample?   I had quite a good variety of yarns and other materials, including a lovely range of […]

Project 9 Woven structures Stage 2 Basic tapestry techniques

Basic Tapestry Techniques I enjoyed trying out some new techniques with different yarns. Experimenting with curved wefts and changing order of threads to create vertical lines of colour and spots of red: Weaving with a variety of yarns and strips of vintage cotton fabrics: Curved wefts and Ghiordes Knot Experimenting with Soumak:

Experimental Tapestry Weaving at West Dean

Experimental Tapestry Weaving at West Dean I was a little nervous about starting the weaving part of the module, so was very pleased to get a place on the Experimental Tapestry Weaving course at West Dean College.  We were shown how to warp up the frame and how to get the right tension.  I marked […]

Tapestry Weaving – visit to West Dean

West Dean Tapestry Studio On my return to UK, I tried to find some introductory weaving courses as I was approaching this part of the module and felt i needed some help.  I was really pleased to find that the timing was right to attend a course at West Dean College. I enrolled on ‘Experimental […]

Notes on Project 8

Notes on Project 8 Did you enjoy inventing constructed surfaces? Were you surprised at the results? I did enjoy inventing constructed surfaces, especially the work I did at the workshop with Louise Baldwin, which gave me lots of ideas to develop. I was surprised at the variety of textiles that could be constricted using frames and […]