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Rebuilder Tapestry

LouLou Morris, one of the regulars to our local Stitch and Bitch group that meets on Monday evenings at The Park Tavern in Chichester, is also a tapestry weaver. Recently she was commissioned to weave a tapestry for the Chichester Cathedral to celebrate the rebuilding of the cathedral spire.
Rebuilder tapestry

Artist Statement

Loulou Morris
“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the foundations of past generations. You will be called the Rebuilder of Broken Walls and the Restorer of Streets Where People live” Isaiah 58:12

Although the theme of my residency is linked to the collapse and subsequent rebuilding of the Cathedral spire, I have chosen to use the prophetic words to explore the idea of “rebuilding” in other ways – as I believe they were intended. There is much to celebrate in the reconstruction of a building; there is even more to celebrate in the regeneration of a people, the renewal of relationships or the healing of an individual. All these strands have been in my mind as I have chosen imagery and words to be included in the tapestry that I shall be weaving during the residency. The act of weaving – creating both imagery and surface at the same time – is wonderful to partake in, as spectator or maker. First there is emptiness, then warp as the foundation and then weft builds the structure and tells the story. Tapestry weaving is a slow and careful art in a fast world. There are no instant results.

Tapestry Artist Rebuilds New Spire
Halfunderstood Blogspot
How long will it take to complete? Loulou estimates about 4 months. So follow on to LouLou’s blogspot to watch the continued progress of this tapestry.

Rebuilder tapestry

Rebuilder tapestry

Rebuilder tapestry

Rebuilder tapestry

Tapestry Weaving

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Tapestry Looms

 

VINTAGE 1972 "THE McCALL'S BOOK OF HANDCRAFTS" HC/DJ

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Warp Weighted Loom Shuttles Beating Sword Weight Bags 60" weaving area PBT

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Warp Weighted Loom Shuttles Beating Sword Weight Bags 48" weaving area PBT

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Warp Weighted Loom Shuttles Beating Sword Weight Bags 36" weaving area PBT

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Felt pillow

This is a project to felt and sew a hand felted cushion cover.

felt pillow

Materials used:
Wool roving for making felt
approx 1 yard of cotton fabric
16 inch zipper
19 inch pillow form

Hand made Felt

To make the felt top for this pillow, I made a large piece of felt approx 24 inches square. During the felting process the felt will shrink about 15%-30%.
I don’t like to waste wool, so I use the leftover thrums from carding for making felt. This comes from the fleece that is left on the drum carder and isn’t a good enough quality for hand spinning.
I placed a thin layer of the leftover wool onto the felting mat. I then added a second layer of gray wool roving over the wool thrums, laying the fiber in the opposite direction. I added a third thin layer of gray roving over the previous layer, again in the opposite direction.
I wet the wool with warm water and soap and rolled it up in a felting mat.
For more detailed instructions of how to make a piece of felt please see below.

felt thrums

After the wool was felted, the completed felt piece measured approx 19-20 inches square.
I cut 2 pieces of cotton fabric approx 2 inches larger than the felted piece.

felt pillow
I stitched the felt piece to one of the cotton fabric pieces close to the edge of the felt. I want to leave the outer edges of the handmade felt as a border on the pillow.
I sewed a second row of stitching about 1 inch inside of the outer edge, to create a border to the pillow.
sewing felt

I folded and pinned the outer edges of the felt to the inside, to prevent them from being sewn as I sewed the backing onto the pillow.
sewing felt
Right sides together I pinned the fabric for the pillow back to the pillow front.
I sewed one of the seams together and added a zipper.

sewing felt pillow
After adding the zipper, I sewed the remaining 3 sides of the pillow together.
Turn the cushion cover right side out, remove all the pins and insert the pillow.
Time to put your feet up and enjoy!

sewing felt pillow

Felt Making

How to Make Felt
Valentine Felt Pillow
How to Make Handmade Felt
Felted Place Mats

How to Sew a Zipper

Threads: How to Sew a Zipper
Sewing 101 – Zippers

 

Felting Kits

 

Celebrate It CHRISTMAS TREES Felt Christmas Ornament Kit Jingle Bells NIP RARE N

Celebrate It CHRISTMAS TREES Felt Christmas Ornament Kit Jingle Bells NIP RARE N
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BUCILLA FELT A SALUTE TO CHRISTMAS STOCKING 15"

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New Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kit~Snowman & Polar Bear 86358

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New Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kit Snowflake Snuggle 86257

New Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kit Snowflake Snuggle 86257
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Why Knit

Why should you take up knitting?

knit sheep

Many people associate crafts like knitting and crocheting with old ladies, however this is a stereotype which could not be more wrong. An increasing number of young people are now getting into this creative past time and are knitting scarves, gloves and even toys. Plus in this economic climate, learning a skill like knitting is a great way to save money by making home made gifts.

With the current popularity of these crafts and the variety of yarns and fun projects available, there’s never been a better time than now to take up this creative activity. If you normally spend your free time watching reruns of TV shows or playing some FoxyBingo.com online, but now you would like to try being more creative and productive, then it sounds like knitting is the perfect hobby for you.

Knitting relieves stress

After a long or stressful day at the office, there’s no better way to relax than sitting on the sofa, enjoying a cup of tea and getting on with some knitting. You’ll find that all the worries of the day melt away due to the relaxing, rhythmic and simple nature of knitting. The repetitive movements of knitting help to lull us into a relaxed rhythm because all we need to do is focus on just one task. In addition, knitting helps you to gather your thoughts and find a calm and positive state of mind where you’re not mulling over the past or fretting about the future.

Health advantages

There’s more to knitting which meets the eye. According to research conducted by Professor Richard Davidson of Wisconsin University, it is thought that practising rhythmic and repetitive movements such as knitting for eight weeks can have a positive effect on brain function and even strengthen the immune system. This is because therapeutic activities such as knitting evoke relaxation responses which can help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and help to prevent stress related illnesses.

Knitting improves your mood

In research by Dr. Barry Jacobs of Princetown University it has been discovered that repetitive movements in animals enhance the release of serotonin. In depression, serotonin levels are low but rhythmical movements such as knitting release a chemical called serotonin which can help you feel more calm and happy.

So when you are feeling stressed at work, it’s time for a knitting break!

Investigating Healthy Minds
An interview with Richard Davidson

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The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Knitting Needle Sizes

Crochet Hook Sizes

Felted Waterlily

A great way to use up some of your handspun stash is to knit flowers and felt them.
Here is an example of a waterlily that I knitted.
waterlily
The pattern came from a book I purchased from Amazon – Knitted Flowers, 20 to make.
The pattern calls for double knitting weight yarn. I substituted this for my woolen hand spun in variegated colours.

Knitted Flowers (Twenty to Make)

To make the flower first knit the set of outer petals in garter stitch following the instructions given.
knit waterlily

The inner petals of the flower are knitted in a similar fashion, but slightly smaller in size.
knitted waterlily
The center of the flower is knit in a contrasting color by simply casting on and casting off. For this I used another hand spun wool yarn dyed in yellow.
knit waterlily

After knitting the flower sections, sew them together following the pattern instructions.
Then I felted the completed flower, by putting it into a sink full of hot tap water with a bit of dish detergent. I rubbed and massaged the flower quite vigorously until it felted. I further felted the flower by dipping it into cold and hot water repeatedly.
felted waterlily

Felting Projects

Wet Felted Cat Bed
Felted Pillow
Felted Mittens
Felted Posey Pot
Needle Felted Dolls

Wool Roving

 

Virgin White Icelandic wool raw fleece 79oz spinning yarn felting roving

Virgin White Icelandic wool raw fleece 79oz spinning yarn felting roving
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Wool Roving - Natural

Wool Roving - Natural
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Clover Needle Felting Applique Mold 8 Desings @ $5.99

Clover Needle Felting Applique Mold  8 Desings @ $5.99
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How to Russian Join Yarn Ends

What is a Russian join? A Russian join is a very effective way to join 2 yarn ends without using a knot. It works well on any type of plied yarn, especially when the yarn doesn’t felt, such as for cotton, linen or superwash wool yarns. It can be used for knitting and crochet. I also like to use this method for nalbinding.

How to Russian Join Yarn

Step 1:
Thread a needle with one of the yarns you wish to join.
Work the needle back through the yarn for about an inch, forming a loop.

Russian join yarn step 1

Step 2:
Pull the thread through, leaving a loop in the yarn end.
Russian join yarn step 2

Step 3:
Thread the second yarn end through the loop.
Russian join yarn step 3

Step 4:
Thread the needle with the second yarn.
Work the needle back through the second yarn end for about an inch.
Russian join yarn step 4

Step 5:
Pull the needle through the yarn, leaving a second loop.
Russian join yarn step 5

Step 6:
Pull gently on both yarn ends to close the loops.
Russian join yarn step 6

You can now trim the yarn ends leaving you with a neatly joined yarn.

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