My first attempt at designing and weaving tartan!

My first attempt at designing and weaving tartan!

New weaving project! After a 2 year break have finally got back to weaving. Loving this warp!

lostinpattern:

Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl

lostinpattern:

Reversible Cabled-Rib Shawl

(Source: flickr.com)

Bobbins at Whitchurch Silk Mill.

Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. A gem of industrial heritage set in rural Hampshire.

What a great few days I had at New Designers, setting up the stand for Winchester School of Art It was so exciting to see all the students amazing work on display at ND The first 2days was spent setting up the stand, the design centre was buzzing with graduates from Universities across the country setting up their stands. Then came private view, a chance to look around all the fantastic stands! the UK has so many very talented young textile designers, so inspiring!

thedesigncenter:

Leno, 1934. 

This maybe of interest to all you weavers!

wgsn:

Painterly inspiration from the Kaffe Fasset: A Life In Colour exhibition preview last night @FashionTextile Museum 

Must go and see this!!

wgsn:

Painterly inspiration from the Kaffe Fasset: A Life In Colour exhibition preview last night @FashionTextile Museum 

Must go and see this!!

When I think of pleats I have an image of old fashioned pleated skirts! but there is a lot more to pleats than I thought as I found out when I attended a presentation by one of the last pleaters in the UK. Terry from F. Ciment (pleating) LTD  Terry (the presenter) Brought in patterns and fabric samples, he explained the whole pleating process which I found fascinating.

I was blown away by the complexity of some of the intricate designs they produce. Some of which are amazingly futuristic. The pleats are created by hand folded patterns made out of card. A pattern can take up to 80hrs to create. (see photos)

 Pleating is a steam process, no chemicals are used during the pleating process. Permancy depends entirely on the fabric, for example 100% Polyester fabrics are best for holding the pleats, even when washed. Natural fibres can be pleated but care needs to be taken when wearing and cleaning. The fabric is streched onto the patern then steamed. 

The company designed Lady Gagas outfits for her last world tour and the Queens  skydive outfit at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony!. This company is also happy to pleat fabrics for fashion/design students. 

 To find out more info on the company click on the link    F. Ciment (pleating) LTD 

everydaypeacocks:




“The Recipe Book I” by Bob Lussier
The first image in a macro study of an 1889 wool dye recipe book from the Industrial Revolution. All hand written, with wool color samples.


(via YARN!)


Very interesting, need to do some resaerch on this! http://www.lawrencehistory.org/ just found this, the history behind the photo.

everydaypeacocks:

“The Recipe Book I” by Bob Lussier

The first image in a macro study of an 1889 wool dye recipe book from the Industrial Revolution. All hand written, with wool color samples.

(via YARN!)

Very interesting, need to do some resaerch on this! http://www.lawrencehistory.org/ just found this, the history behind the photo.

sampletwelve:

Hannah Green working on one of her final rug tufting pieces.  Hannah’s work reflects the natural world in an abstract way through textiles.  She borrows colours and textures from nature to transform them into works of art.  She will be incorporating braiding and embroidery techniques into her rugs.

Wow! would love to have ago at this!