Project 9 – Stage 2 & 3 – weaving

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Above is my finished sample for Project 9 – stage 2 – basic tapestry weaving techniques. As I mentioned in my last post, it is not perfect but I am very pleased with the overall result. Especially as this is my first attempt at proper weaving on a loom.

I particularly like the vertical stripe patterns and the raised pile area made using the Ghiordes knot technique. The curved wefts were great fun to do and I would like to develop this further in future samples. I tried out a wide range of effects and techniques which I feel make for an interesting sample.

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My sample for stage 3 – Experimenting with different materials includes many types of materials. These include:

• Silk fabric strips
• Woollen rug yarn
• Cotton fabric strips
• A duster
• Fruit bags
• Netting
• Dyed muslin
• Plastic bags
• Silk fibres
• Tissue paper
• Eyelash yarn

I roughly used the colour study based on the juggling ball from section 5. My aim was to recreate the fun, bright feeling evoked by the ball, and create some interesting surface textures using the techniques I learnt in stage 2 but with some unusual materials. I think I achieved this and am quite happy with it.

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About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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