Thursday 25 September 2014

Picture the idea

Hello knitters and stitchers, I'm searching for my arty mojo again, been thinking about the chrome towel rail. Digging deep into the old grey matter, must be something in there. When I saw it I immediately thought of weaving. It would make a good frame, a decent size with gentle curves, loops top and bottom so nothing to add to it to hang it except a bit of string maybe.
I started cutting fabric last night, searching for different textures and colours. Long strips are needed, as well as wool and ribbon, and anything else that can be woven. I carried on cutting this morning, and think I might have enough now. 
I have used strong cord to add the warp, knotted at both sides and the ends brought to the middle and tied together making it double thickness. All the straggly bits will be hidden in the back of it.

I've had a little practice along the edge to check the distance between the warps and think this is about right. Now all I've got to do is think of a design, I am drawn towards blocks. Can you picture the idea?
The weaving won't be the end of it, I will add stitchery to it. No doubt I will keep changing my mind along the way. I have already thought of another idea. What about covering the whole thing in a plain one colour hessian or denim, then making small individual towels to stitch onto it, therefore keeping it to it's original use. Must write that down before I forget, a future project maybe.

Right, must make a start, will keep you posted, it will take a while.
Toodle pip.


  1. I love it when you get your ideas Ilona, again, can't wait to see the outcome of this.
    You'll have to put your own little show on of all your makes.
    Here in Brighton at the festival time they have open houses where people like you display the work and anyone can come and look and sometimes buy. That would be perfect for you.

  2. This is the start of a great saori weaving, Ilona! and you might add beads, sequins, braid, all kinds of interesting stuff before you get done.

  3. This is going to be interesting. Can't wait to see the finished piece.

  4. Looking foward to the end result Ilona x

  5. We are holding our breath in anticipation. You are so clever.

  6. You are so creative, Ilona. Just looking at all the colors of your fabric strips makes me happy. I know it will be lovely.


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