March 30, 2015

Ship in a Bottle

I came across a ship in the bottle kit (a privateer by Authentic Models) and of course I had to make it.
I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. 
I thought I could finish it in an hour or two, but it ended up taking much, much longer.
In the middle photo, it is partly assembled. 
The body is built, sanded and painted and one of the masts is finished.
In the bottom photo you can see the entire ship rigged, the threads are taut - if I were to let go,
all the masts would fall down. This is so the ship is collapsible and can squeeze 
through the very narrow bottle opening. The hardest part was getting all 
the sails untangled and the masts upright once the ship was in the bottle.

March 25, 2015

Nature Treasure

Little bits of nature I've collected on my walks.

March 24, 2015

Tapestry Weaving

Some wall hangings I've been weaving on the rigid heddle loom
using 100% wool yarn and wool roving attached to pieces of driftwood.

March 23, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving No.2

My second piece off the rigid heddle loom.
I'm in love with the texture of this single ply wool yarn - it has a stiff structure to it
and I am finding little bits of hay in my skeins. 

March 6, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving

I recently got a small 15" Schacht rigid heddle loom and I am in love.
This is my first piece off the loom - a scarf woven from single-ply wool 
in various shades of cream and grey. 
It's incredible how fast the weaving goes on a loom 
after spending so much time knitting and tapestry weaving by hand.