Thursday, December 01, 2016

Creative Endeavours

A small section of my desk, in fact my sewing machine table, currently filled with lots of beach finds and my current interest in weaving. I am taking the on line 'Weaving on Small Looms' course with Rebecca Mezoff. I just fell for the small hokett loom without even knowing there were such  things as dents and wpi.. If you know nothing about tapestry weaving I can assure you it is much more difficult than it looks; if you have experience you will already know that there is a great deal to learn. I have put a link in the side bar to the course and I would highly recommend reading Rebecca's blog, about her current hiking experiences in an area of petrified forest. She is using her weaving as a kind of sketchbook, noting the colours and rock formations.

This is a small weaving I made before I knew the difference between weaving and tapestry. I included some razor shells from Knoll Beach in Dorset.
This is a print I made from dried seaweed found along the strand line in Swanage. I dried the seaweed, printed it onto washi paper and then scanned the print onto the computer.

Here is my first small tapestry,perhaps, like ones own naughty child, only I will love it, but I do. It was hard work.

I have a couple of books recommendations for you. I bought 'The essential Guide to Beach combing and the Strand line' after attending a talk by the authors Steve Trewhella and Julie Hatcher, who are both based in Dorset. If you spend any time by the beach this is a fascinating read.
I would love to walk along the Thames in London and search for treasure, but until I get the opportunity this is a way to enjoy the experience without the mud, 'London in fragments' A Mudlarks's Treasures by Ted Sandling; an excellent book to dip into just before you drop off to sleep or any time really.

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