Grow your own #2

An amazing talk by designer Suzanne Lee….


Action weaving.

P1080782Yesterday i spent a very pleasant afternoon lurking around the lobby at the Ace hotel in Shoreditch….. Sounds dodgy but i was there to meet friends and because id heard Travis Meinolf the action weaver was going to be in action…..Travis is a weaver that brings weaving into the public space by using back strap and rigid heddle looms….over the years i have been very involved with making textiles in a public/performance way with the cast off knitting club back in the day and more recently when i co-owned Prick your Finger i was really interested to see him weave and say hi!

P1080793Alas! although Travis’s lovely rigid heddle loom was there warped up and with evidence of action he was not around…..

P1080783But it was really lovely to see his loom brightening up the space and adding intrigue to the lobby…(i loved the striped warp and the blue roving laid into the weft) i sat drinking coffee watching loads of people being drawn to and puzzling over what they thought the loom was… a maker of textiles from childhood,study at collage and all my career i forget that most people dont ever come into contact with any textile tools or equipment……thanks Travis for bringing one of the least portable textiles methods out and about..i feel inspired to get my tapestry loom out and about…..and i really loved your work.

for more action weave Travis website is here….

A vist to Miss Von-Goetz

I love a vist to Miss.Von Goetz’s house…


Miss V-G in the kitchen with the huge collection of jars….


Trompe l’oeil and Elvis


Hand made tiles that make up the work-surface by Emily Miss V-G’s late Mum.



With her collection of Dictionaries and appliqued cushions….


Hand knitting and wild horses…


Hand hooked Taj Mahal mat


Bottom draw yarn stash…



Bed time reading


Fabric stashes under the stairs


Piles of Velvet…


Emilys old fabric stashes from when she did Applique


Miss V-G or little R as i call her has a beautiful collection of her Mums old patchwork and Appliqued quilts that she made then left to her…
Little R obviously gets alot of her creative talents from her and her Grandma who taught her to knit…


Quilt on stairs


Made by Emily


Quilts n gardens




Thanks Little R for a great day rummaging around in yr attics and cupboards…I’ll be around soon with custard donuts! x
ps You can follow the adventures of Miss V-G on twitter @MissvonGoetz AND she’s just started teaching beginners knit classes at her house….deets on twitter!

Woven spaces n faces

face weave woven wildman for new craft book P1080414518HJQWWN9L._SL500_AA300_

Last summer i went traveling.I packed my favorite knitting needles,crochet hooks, drawing books paints and mini wooden loom. Every morning i went pottering on the beach and collected flotsam and jetsam in Bali and Oz…among the things i made were these woven facey things…When i got back to London and unpacked the vast treasures i had collected which included alot of pebbles,’interesting’ bits of wood, washed up plastic doll arms (they seemed so essential at the time!) and woven patches.. i found these chaps…Then i realized my favorite book that lives by my bed in London is the above book on Paul Klee hand puppets. I love this book.i gaze at it often. and I had carried it across the other side of the world in my head…..somethings you just cant leave behind!