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materials, colour, process

Every weave starts with a collection of feelings and thoughts, a natural pull towards one material or another. Generally I aim to have a selection of either English or ethical, organic and recycled fibres around. Natural colour is naturally drawn towards real fibres such as wool and cotton so choosing these makes sense.

Deciding on a warp is usually a less organic process, but can be made of as many different yarns as can be fitted onto the warping board. Once the warp is painstakingly tied up, the flow can begin. Wide, slow, tight, grouped, reserved, outbreaks of colour, floating yarns and wondering ones, so much in a plain weave.

EXHIBITIONS

The double multi-coloured wall piece in the selection is currently still on exhibition at Groundwork Gallery in North Norfolk; it has been sold, but similar pieces can be made on commission. It was woven in a very open weave on my own built loom and using a very open structure and very fine wool to allow the light to pass through; all colours are hand-dyed at home in the yarn before weaving.

At Poplar Union Arts Centre and e5 Roasthouse, e5 Bakehouses’ own coffee roastery, some of the results of an ongoing collaboration with textile artist and waste activist Maud Barrett are on display until the 13th of January.

If you are interested in any project, custom colours or pieces, I am very happy to be contacted with any visions at femke@windeweaves.com.

super soft scarf

super soft scarf

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These super soft and elegant baby yak scarves have been hand woven on my Saori loom using ethical yak wool from a Tibetan plateau at 4000m. You can read more about the story on the sourcing of the wool on the mYak website.

The yarn has been hand dyed with subtle differences coming out in spontaneous designs due to the tying and dyeing. All colours are from natural sources, either indigo or waste material (mainly coffee and onion).

All three scarves have a different character and main colour palette. They would suit both men and women with a taste for a subdued palette in clothing but who like a piece that stands out subtlety; this scarf will keep one warm without an overload of fabric.

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