I'm assuming she'll be pleased with the compliment! As anyone artistic knows, the creative process sometimes takes a long time to come to fruition and this piece was probably longer than most!
So my tale starts almost 4 years ago when I was given a lovely birthday present by my other half Dayve to go to a one-to-one tuition session with Laura at Farfield Mill. It was a beautiful late autumn morning as I recall, Laura welcomed me, we talked about what I'd like to do (we agreed I'd have a go with an Ashford table top loom, rigid heddle, don't worry it didn't mean anything to me either at the time!) and we agreed our day's programme.
|The wonderful Farfield Mill, near Sedbergh, looks (and smells) great!|
|This is Laura ( from her Laura'sLoom Facebook page, backstrap weaving in Bhutan apparently!|
|A warp frame complete with organised warps ready to be taken off for warping|
|The famous Ashford Rigid Heddle loom (a handsome devil) this isn't my weaving by the way!|
A short time, ie a couple of months, was it all needed to complete my creative vision; my only plan was a hastily drawn and rather wonky sketch in my ideas book and the rest was done by eye. I first knitted a woolly bit in an uneven shape and then tried to knit a selvege bit to roughly match up with it and then did the same again etc. I sewed them together onto a felt backing piece, placed the woven tree trunk in place and used recycled wool-mix material to pad it out giving it a nice slightly rounded contour. I'm pleased with the finished item and like the way the knitted sections work with the woven sections.
|The finished piece, named 'Laura's Wood' - knitting and weaving combined|
More about the wonderful weaving from Laura's Loom; and here she is on Facebook;
More about Farfield Mill, if you haven't visited you should go!
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