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weaving in cloth

July 2, 2014 // by admin

first attempt at weaving in cloth. there’s quite a few ‘mistakes’ where I flip flopped (let’s call it “flipped a bit” in engineering terms) but it adds to the charm and makes it unique (& if it were a gene, then now there’s a new mutation?)

I like the looser weave when I first started too – I almost kept it like that but decided to finish it to see what it’d look like. I did manage to pull the fabric and create a hole in the corner though. I tried to get variable spaced warps but then this slowed the weaving down a lot as I made more mistakes and had to work out where I was more often. I used different thickness & colour threads to create some more variation.

I’m going to have to try more of these – it was great fun. this is inspired by jude hill‘s “considering weave” class





another idea i’d had since seeing a 3d weaving machine online this week was to put posts (pins in pincushion or toothpicks?) and try weave up too to create contours, maybe like a crater edge in the earth. not sure if it’d work yet. will have to think more and see how this guy’s machine is doing it http://www.dezeen.com/2014/06/23/oluwaseyi-sosanya-invents-3d-weaving-ma… it sort of reminds me of those french knitting tools (pegs with nails on the top) except you don’t twist the yarn and it builds the piece in multiple dimensions / directions.


mind map beginnings

July 1, 2014 // by admin

inspired by jude’s opening post, I started a mind map to begin my “considering weave” class workbook.

I’ve been working on my fabric loom tonight – the invisible basting is done, next up loading the warp & weft. I looked up one of jude’s videos from the hearts class to remind me how to do it – a great resource!


a spoonful of threads

May 5, 2014 // by kath

I made a knitted spoon for the upcoming “Spoons!” exhibition at The Slow Club. It’s called “A Spoonful of Threads” (original name was “nice and slow”). I was thinking of a slow / handmade theme – slow baking, stitching, knitting. I was going to do stitching but ended up knitting. it’s using three stitches — knit, purl and knit-from-behind, in random order to give the holes some texture. the wooden spoon is made of birch wood and I used red embroidery thread.  it was a short callout—so I made it over the weekend. the exhibition runs from May 12-24th.

here is the call for submissions & here is the event page.



The Slowclub has since changed names to The Snug.

here’s the flyer for the Spoons! exhibition (when still called The Slowclub)


red velvet stitched circuit — blinking led

March 4, 2014 // by kath

red velvet stitched circuit — blinking led


testing the conductive thread. it’s conductive, hurrah

I left the hoop on to stabilise it a bit whilst I had it connected to the computer. it’s the tutorial on adafruit site, though I modified their circuit pattern into the circles & didn’t have the clips to test it. checked it with my multimetre instead after stitching. one thing to remember is once the usb cable’s connected it tends to flip the fabric. I need to play more & see if it really is now ‘programmed’ (I think so) ie will it run without the computer if I power it by battery/something else. but yeah, no soldering, only stitching. have to think of something else besides leds now – they seem to be the “hello world” of wearable tech

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it’s an adafruit flora processor + neo pixel v2 led & conductive thread. I bought some other things like a light/colour detector & flexible solar panel & more leds. will think of something to try them out

stitch grafitti

August 12, 2013 // by kath

I’ve been looking through the craftivist collective website and some of their projects. they do many fibre / textiles / craft based activism (craftivism) projects to raise issues to people in the community. they also write about slow activism and the importance of personal reflection when making – I love this idea and it’s something people can do from home without having to be too vocal (verbally) with their ideas – work on projects to highlight issues they think are important. so I purchased one of their mini protest banner kits and it arrived from the UK yesterday. tonight I embroidered a message and sewed the aida onto the fabric. it was the first time I’ve embroidered letters so the first couple of lines are a bit wonky (especially the “D”), and I found it easier to write in all caps so I’m probably shouting the message, but I was getting the hang of it towards the end (though I ran out of space on the last line – need to plan it out next time)

I embroidered the message “what have you done to help lessen climate change” because I think this is one of the most important issues currently facing the world (Earth) and I want people to think about their own behaviours and to find things that they can do at home and in their own lives to help lessen the issue. tomorrow I’ll pin it up outside somewhere – will go looking for a good spot. the kit includes cable ties, and the fabric has holes punched in it already so it should be quick to install. another great thing was the whole project only took me a couple of hours this evening (whilst already pretty tired) so it’s one of the quicker craft / fibre projects I’ve worked on! it’s quite rewarding to see something finished in a short period of time

I made another which says “seeking asylum is not illegal” in response to one of the issues facing Australia at the moment – our politicians are making terrible decisions on our behalf.

I wrote this up with more photos at my class blog.

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