Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fabric Weaving

My patchwork/textile art teacher has opened a patchwork shop, just one year ago.
I use to go there once a week and meet 7 other nice ladies to experiment, for ourselves or to find new ideas for the shop.

At our last meeting, we were given a piece of fabric, blue and chocolate, featuring a winter landscape with trees. And we had to do something with it. Preferably, a creative something.

I wanted to alter the fabric, and weaving seemed a good option. I had already used this technique, and an article in the Workshop on the Web reminded me of it. It is fun, versatile andquick and it provides some texture. To have more texture, I have even used two types of weaving.
For the background, I have used some brown batik, and cut wavy stripes in both fabrics. I've rotated the original fabric by 90 degrees, so that the trees are horizontal. I find they form a kind of landscape, while the stripes of batik are a reminder of the trunks.
With the leftovers of the first fabric, I've managed to weave a second piece, with straight stripes, and made it the center. This time, the trunks are vertical, but I've cut them in half and played with the disposition of the stripes to create a new pattern.

And here is the detail of the center (I could not resist the idea of snow flakes):

To stay in the winter mood, I've used some silver thread on the weaving itself, silver and blue/grey threads for the flakes.
The blue background of the fabric was a little bit flashy for the batik I had in mind, so I've dyed it with some tea to soften it.


arlee said...

What a beautiful piece!!! You've done it wonderful justice and the snowflakes are the perfect finish!

Welcome to the world of blogging, and thanks for dropping by mine :}

gunnelsvensson said...

I like this piece very much!

Dianne said...

Such a beautiful piece - love the snowflakes!

verobirdie said...

Arlee, Gunnel and Dianne, thank you for your comments.


Really well done!

Françoise said...


Caroline Commins said...

You're so brave to do a blog! I've tried starting one but never followed through.

I love your piece. The composition is great and the colors are marvelous. You did a beautiful job!

Anonymous said...

This is so nice! You did a great job with your challenge.