21.03.10

UFO attack #1: the cushion

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]
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07.03.10

Too late for wool?

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.
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04.03.10

Self portrait in my school assignment

  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]
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27.02.10

Batik and me

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]
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25.02.10

Batik lamps

    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.
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05.12.09

Embroidery inspiration: white

Some pictures from one of the most inspirational book I've seen lately, Broderies.
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25.11.09

Thai Textiles

       I went to visit an exhibition about Thai Textiles in Casa Asia, a fantastic Asian cultural centre in Barcelona.  Apart from organizing events and courses, they have a specialised library and media archive and three floors dedicated to exhibitions, all inside Palau Barò de Quadras, a beautiful Art Nouveau (Modernisme) building with a gorgeous view over the city centre. You can have a quick look at the exhibition and the building in this video.   
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18.11.09

Dionne Swift, textile artist

(picture from http://www.craftmaker.co.uk/dionneswift/) My favorite artist exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin was the one by Dionne Swift. The first picture is one of her devore works on velvet. She also sells kits to experiment this technique and teaches textile art workshops in her studio. (pictures from www.dionneswift.co.uk)These are two of her collagraphic prints on thick felt. Being used to see this kind of work on paper, I find that the surface of felt really gives it a very interesting dimension. Loved... [Lire la suite]
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12.11.09

A fibre loot

Last week I visited the Knitting and Stitching Show at RDS in Dublin. I dedicated a day and a half to the show, the first day to see the exhibitions and browse the stalls and the second day to buy things. I thought it was a good way to avoid rushing through the shops and buying on impulse (and spending too much...) Looking at this picture and considering this is just a small part of the things I bought I am not completely sure that I succeded on my saving plan.But I couldn't resist buying this lovely shades of merino wool and silk... [Lire la suite]
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11.10.09

Etsy favourites: olive green

1. Wool Wrapped Bangles by mysticfibers; 2. Meadowgrass under Floodwater scarf by easternsky; 3. Green Meadow Pouch by oktak; 4. Olive Green Crocheted Earrings by FebystanDesigns.
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