After I moved into the new apartment I planned a massive attack to the UFOs (UnFinished Objects :-) I have around. The easiest one (because it was almost finished) was this crochet cushion I started in Ireland last year. The project was for a crochet-only cushion to recycle some old yarn but it was too ugly to be true (or too ugly to be mine) so I finished the back with some lovely Lamb's Pride green wool and handmade buttons, and I covered the still ugly front with Sandi Henderson's fabric. Next target is the... [Lire la suite]
These days you can feel the spring is round the corner, so it seemed a better idea to use cotton for my next weaving project. What looks like navy blue in the picture is actually a nice purple colour in reality, but I couldn't get it right with my camera. You can't see me smiling but I am really happy with it.
It doesn't happen very often that you can wear your school assignments. I suppose this is one of the privileges of studying textiles. The project was about a colour: I chose pink. It was about making something to represent it: I chose crocheting a shawl. A very feminin, victorian style lace shawl was the pinkest thing I could think of. This is hairpin lace, a crochet technique made with a hairpin fork and a hook (see first picture below). My mother is an expert of this technique and she taught me how to do it. There's... [Lire la suite]
This is a batik piece I made on silk.I've been learning this technique in the Textile Dyeing workshop at school. I'd like to show a quick photo sequence of the process as I learned it:1. Preparing the wax by melting it together with paraffin and filtering. Once it starts to solidify, we slice it into small dices. 2. Melting the wax in a canting and drawing with it on the fabric, stretched on a wooden frame, in order to isolate the areas we don't want to be dyed. 3. Dyeing the fabric.4. After repeating the process of painting... [Lire la suite]
A few of my experiments in batik, a textile decorating technique. The lamp covers are cut and sewn to fit an Ikea lamp. I made three different ones, so I can change the look of the lamp.
This is my first woven scarf!! ... I mean, hmm hmm...before it was woven, of course. A bit of order in the yarn chaos, and eventually... it's wrapped around my neck. I'm learning to weave in a rush to complete a few scarves before the warm weather arrives to Barcelona!
I am new to Barcelona so I don't know if it is just this time of the year or here the festivals, celebrations and holidays are really non stop. Since I came one month ago I've been enjoying lots of outdoor events, the latest of them due to Barcelona's main festival, la Mercè. I don't have pictures of all the street parades, concerts and shows I've seen, but these two examples of the human castles in Plaza Sant Jaume last Sunday will give you an idea of it. Breathtaking, isn't it?Some vintage posters of this celebration from the 50's,... [Lire la suite]
As I mentioned before, Elaine and I are doing a skill swap: gilding for stained glass work. In the past weeks we were working on the gilding of her royal bed, which is a nearly finished project (can't wait to see the final results!) and I had my 2 day stained glass workshop. Elaine was a fantastic teacher and she put a lot of effort and patience on teaching me all the necessary to complete my first project, this lightcatcher:Check all the process at the teacher's blog.The pattern for this project is my design too. It comes from the... [Lire la suite]
My Etsy shop has been featured by Xenia on her blog Found Paper Co. Check her shop for lovely vintage finds!
The Beaded Brooch is being featured by Etsy seller I Heart Crafts in her blog. Check the colorful Flickr Group too.