Over 30 fun projects for the modern weaver By Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis
Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis are the partnership who started and run The London Loom, a weaving studio in Hackney, East London
London Loom hosts both community workshops and smaller classes where adults and children work alongside each other inspiring creativity. As well as beginners weaving Francesca and Brooke also teach other crafts. This book is not your conventional weaving book, there are many styles and methods of weaving that are covered in the book.
Not all the projects are done on a loom, however the basic different steps are covered, as are tools and materials. These include interlocking, curves, soumak, rya knots and loop stitch.
There are exciting and inventive ideas such as making a giant loom from a clothing rail or creating your own yarn from scraps of fabric. Tassel making is covered. One is shown how to weave a letter or even how to use a spade to create a wall hanging. Learn how to ice dye and to make a woven fringed back for a jacket.
If you want to create interior accessories there is a really cool shade, an upcycled chair with a new woven seat a puja mat and some great geometric cushions and a rug. This book is full of exciting projects that takes what can be quite a worthy po faced activity and turns it into something that is fun.
If you want to start a new craft this is a
bargain at £14.99.
It includes samplers, quilts, tribal and
nomadic cloth. Anne Kelly explores traditional motifs used throughout the world
in textile folk art and shows how contemporary textile artists use them in
their work today. She demonstrates how to incorporate treasured personal
objects- such as garments, stitched samples, vintage lettering and motifs-into
textile to create unique works of folk art.
We are shown examples of collections from around the world – Scandinavia, USA, Australia, China and Mongolia. There are some step –by- step projects including collages, screen prints, folding books. We are shown creative collages on garments and even a stitched shed that was shown at the knitting and stitching show. The reader is given resource to some of the best textile artists, such as Nancy Nicholson, Mandy Pottulloh and Sue Stone and you can see their work on their web sites.
My verdict this is a lovely book that more
than earns its place on a bookshelf, I will delve into time and again.
acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small
collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of
Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the
pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress.
With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut
and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable
labels in London.
In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion
and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This
retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles.
This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished
career of a British design legend.
London Craft Week runs from 9th – 13th May and there are some inspiring designs and demonstrations to be seen. One of the practitioners, with a temporary residency at Howe is, Anglo Armenian, Lora Avedian, multidisciplinary artist who graduated from the RCA with a masters in Mixed Media Textiles. Lora’s process begins with research often looking at historical textiles and ethnographic objects as a starting point. Her work is grounded in history which enables her to create innovative work with a fine balance between the old and the new. Inspired by ceremonies and folk costume: the symbolism of the objects, colours and embroidery techniques used throughout her work are all important to telling a visual story. The work created this week is available for purchase. As you have two days left make sure you get down there to see this wonderful creative work.