Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Weekending!

It's the weekend, yay! Although I'm all work and no play at the moment, I'm loving every minute of it. I'm working away on my last project (the felt dress) and it's coming along nicely. I'm just working on sewing all the pearls on the dress...all this hand sewing is making me very happy. What's better then sitting in bed, watching movies and sewing? Not much I think.

There is still lots to do before I fly for a visit home for Christmas on Wednesday but the vacay is in sight (and so is rest and a whole lot of doing nothing--well maybe reading).

Happy weekend dear readers. Thanks for visiting.

(above a pic of the bustle of my dress).

Sunday, December 6, 2009

We're getting close...

I only have a week and a half left of school before Christmas break! This year I am going home to Ontario for 3 weeks. I am so looking forward to it.

But before that there is much to finish at school. The most exciting thing I'm working on right now is a dress, made of nuno felt, print screened, machine embroidered, shibori and hand stitched pearls, all in a gradation of black to white. Here are some pics of me making the nuno felt for the dress.

I also just finished a project in weaving where the whole thing is woven using the warp threads as weft. It's pretty cool I have to say. I also ombred the warp (dyed it a gradation of black to white-see pic below for weaving action).

K, It's Sunday. I'm recovering from a lovely day thrift shopping yesterday--it was great, lots of great deals!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Other work...

So, in between weaving madness I have been playing around with nuno felting and exploring what I can do with that. I felted up a storm, was magical and wonderful and I do believe I am seriously addicted so don't be surprised to see more of this pop up in my future work.

So about my project...I guess I felt the same way about felt as I did about woven clothing. The fact that it's often stiff and not to mention itchy. Sometimes it also looks dated...ok don't hate me, I'm generalizing here and YES I totally understand that there is a market for almost everything but I'm talking about my own personal preference here. I like things to feel nice against my skin. To look elegant but modern, and to be soft and luxurious. I wanted to start small with my felting project so I decided to felt up some sleeves (arm warmers). The goal with these was to make them not only functional (warm) but also look modern.

The above picture is what I came up with.

I used hand dyed merino wool, tussah silk and silk chiffon (nuno felting) and I also printed on them. The pattern you see on the grey is a silk screen using dyes, of a crochet my mom did years and years ago. I really love the way the silk screening of crochet adds another layer of texture.

These will be for sale at the student sale (different versions), leftover will make an appearance either in my etsy shop or at Portobello West at the end of the month.


Decent Pictures of the Capelette

I promise, last post about this but I wanted to share some decent pics I took today.

Tomorrow is our student sale and I have to say there is some really great stuff for sale. Check out our student sale blog for some of the work that's going to be there.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finished Soy Silk Caplette

(pro pic to come, promise).

This is really all about texture. I must admit I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started this project. I had a sketch of a capelette that I wanted to make and I knew I wanted it to have lots of texture but wasn't exactly sure what that meant. I also wanted to make a woven clothing item that wasn't so, uhm stiff...I guess that's what comes to mind when I think of woven clothes. So I read about woven warp shibori and upon consultation with my instructor decided that this technique would be best for the look I wanted.

I ended up with something delicate and feminine looking with a vintage feel. I am pleased. This is really meant for special occasion wearing only. It feels luxurious and makes the wearer feel special. Now, will I make more? Uhmm...this was really a challenging project. Right from the dressing of the loom to the actual finishing so...maybe I would make more but it would definitely have to be a special order item. I would like to see this in another colour so I may make another one using a different material (say actual silk) and dye it. For now, this creamy one will do and will be at the student sale (this Thursday). I'm thinking it actually might be great for a bride to be.
Anyway below is a little play by play of the actual making of the capelette.

Phew... so relieved that's all finished. My next few projects I'll be working with the concept of light and dark, good and evil, black and white...the yin and yang of sorts.


Monday, November 9, 2009

The last little while has been crazy busy. I've been weaving, silk screening, dyeing, etc for projects but also to get ready for our student sale we're having next Thursday (check out our student sale blog with behind the scenes action).

I will be selling some of my work there--that includes some knitted goodies, some nuno felted stuff I'm working on and some woven goodies too. This capelette will also be it is in progress. I've woven it and am in the process of finishing. The closure will be a bit different, it won't be the button you see here but a silk ribbon tie instead (it also won't have fringing inthe front). The texture you see on the fabric is what I was talking about in past posts about having a monofiliment supplementary warp (which essentially just means a second warp on top of my regular one). The whole thing gets boiled so that the texture stays in the fabric.

Here are some pics of things in progress...oh and of our silk moths! Some of them have made an appearance, check it out, aren't they cuties!!


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Yay! I have started weaving! My warp is all took me a few hours today but it worked! This is woven warp shibori, in soy silk. You can't see the monofilament supplementary warp in this picture because it gets woven right into the fabric so that later I can pull on it. The monofilament is also clear so it makes it extra difficult to see.

But anyway, I was so happy today to finally start weaving! One step closer to my project being finished. Yay!


Friday, October 30, 2009

TGIF and Happy Halloween

Ola dear readers, so it's Friday again, my day off school although I always go in to work on stuff. My latest is a larger version of my last post of the woven warp shibori with soy silk...pictured above is me warping up my loom, right before the clear monofiliment warp got completely tangled. I've worked with a monofiliment warp that's about 5 feet but not a 14 feet. Argh. So today, my goal is to fix it...not untangle it because that's impossible but to re-warp it using a different idea...fingers crossed that it works!

Annnnd Happy Halloween! This year my roomie and I are geeking out and renting True Blood...we have a little marathon planned.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Silk worms and other things

Happy weekend dear readers! I hope you have some lovely things planned. I have been working away at school, as per usual. Like last year, our class has been raising silk worms and they started to cocoon yesterday! So very exciting that our little guys are growing up...haha I know that sounds ridiculous but these little guys have so much personality and they are so special. We don't harm them or anything (like boil them while their inside their cocoons), we just let nature take its course and let them come out as moths. Silk worm moths don't fly btw, they just hang out and make love and then die a few days after. AND they leave us this wonderful gift called silk! Amazing!

I also have been working with soy silk...testing out somethings for an upcoming project. I'm also testing dyes on it as a research project. Very exciting (to me anyway ;) The pic below is of my sample of woven warp shibori, before the boiling so it's all scrunched up. It kinds of looks like the silk worms ;)

And finally, I made a most delicious rice and lentil dish. Yum yum...I made lots so it got me through a few very busy days...things have been so busy that I often have a hard time feeding myself. Anyway.

Smooches to you dears,

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend dear readers, I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend planned. It's raining here in Vancouver, the leaves have already changed colour and it's so lovely to walk around in it. Like many of you, fall is my favourite time of year. The air smells great, the colours blow my mind and nothing like wearing a hand knitted or woven scarf around your neck to keep you warm.

Speaking of handmade, I attended a lecture about natural threads this past week. The talk was a part of the Maiwa Textile Symposium running all month. Charlotte Kwon was the guest speaker and she really gave the audience some stuff to think about. The idea of slow clothes...buying less but better quality and of course knowing where it came from, who made it, etc... She also discussed organic cotton versus conventional cotton and that was really eye opening for me. I do purchase mostly organic cotton to use for weaving and such but it's making me want to also incorporate more of it in my everyday life. Saving up to purchase something I need, like a t-shirt instead of just running out and buy 3 because they are cheap. And of course because they are made cheaply (and who knows under what conditions), they don't last very long, often after the first wash, I can already see them change.

It would be really difficult to live 100% "slow" items...but it's def worth a try. I already try to buy things I need from a thrift store, and not buy new but I think I can take this a step further and try to think about the materials I'm using in my work. Anyway lots to think about.

Lastly, I really want to urge people not to buy lots this holiday season. To really think about what you're doing, the money you're spending and maybe think about making some gifts, or not having them at all. Cause as cliche as it is, what's the holiday season really all about? REALLY?

Off to school,
The above picture is from the Maiwa website.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The following is a bit have been warned!

It's my work space at home! BOO! Oh man, with school in full force, little time for clean up. Luckily my roomie is a fellow textile artist/student and is very forgiving.

I'm working away on lots of samples, samples for precision dyeing class, samples for weaving class and samples for surface design...samples everywhere! I can't wait to shift my focus on to projects...that should happen next week.

TGIF lovely readers. I'm cooking up a slow slow curry as I type this...slow on purpose.


Monday, September 21, 2009

check it

A day of natural dyeing = bliss!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

More weaving fun times

More weaving samples completed! I love love the inlay one (white picture). Its a wool warp with bamboo weft inlayed with bamboo roving. I'm going to be using this technique in an upcoming project with natural dyes, can't wait!

We also had a little visitor with us in the loom room, meet Lily, she is a french bulldog and is so so lovely and cute. She ended up finding a quiet place to sleep under a table on top of a bag of was the cutest.

Off to have dinner with friends!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Back to school times!

So this week I have started school again and we went straight to it. In weaving class, we warped up another sampler project...this one works a little different, everyone warps up for a different technique and you can pick and choose which one you work on as long as you have 4-6 samples at the end of it. They call it a round robin...I think it's a great way to get lots of samples without having to warp up tons of times.

I'm working on a double weave, which is when you weave on two warps, fun times!
Check out our sweet loom room...back to back floor looms!
Happy Friday dear readers!


Friday, August 28, 2009

Now that I'm finished with my summer job, I have a couple weeks before school starts so I've been busy weaving, dyeing and knitting. Everything is going well and I even was able to warp up my loom in a short period of time--which is exciting to me because this used to take me a long time.

I also found this super cute picture of a sheep...he was just hanging out on the side of the road during my recent trip to Salt Spring Island. Just as I was taking the pic, he looked up at me which I thought was perfect.

A couple of days ago I received some sad news from back I have been thinking about my friend a lot and dedicating my meditation to him.

Thanks for checking in.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Party and Knitting

That's what I've been up to lately. A friend of mine had a rad indigo party for her bday. What's an indigo party you ask? Well it's when we have a couple of indigo vats going and the guests get to dye whatever items they bring! It was totally fun and I got to see lots of peeps from school.

I have also been knittinggggg...lots and lots of knitting. I can't stop. I love it. More shrugs availabe in the shop.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Last Night

Last night L and I went to check out the Fibre, Naturally show at Emily Carr, Granville Island. This show was amazing, everything was made out of this special hanji paper which comes from the inner bark of the mulberry tree. This paper can be felted into all kinds of things (see below)...when it dries, it becomes very durable. You can make wallets, dresses and yarn out of it.
Some amazing stuff was done with it for this show that featured Korean artists.

We also attended a quick demo on how to felt hanji paper:
There is a fashion show tonight featuring fashion made out of this unique paper but alas it's $20 to attend (I wish they had a student discount).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Hello hello and welcome to the new blog! I'm really excited about continuing to update here in this space like I used to in the last blog. The purpose for the change is just a little re branding...still the same lil ole me.

What you can expect from this blog? Fun posts about what I'm working on, eating and places I'm visiting. Also lots about the "little things", because I'm really into that sort of thing.

I have posted some textile goodies to my new shop, so please go and visit :)