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Category: Textiles

Hurry up and wait – crocheting

I’ve been doing a lot of hurry up and wait recently and taking up some of that time, when the brain isn’t up to anything more, doing even more crochet.

Nigel 3.0 has got rather boring (250 + stitches per row), but there are is also some amazingly hideous yarns out there to break me out of a rut. Read the rest of this entry »


Life still rather off course

So here is an update on Nigel 3.0. (Not a cat)

so about half way down you can see a pulled stitch. That’s where I got to last time with a circumference of 25 stitches. Now the circumference is about five times that length. 

I shall keep going until I finish the two balls of yarn. Then we’ll see what comes out of using such a small rate of expansion 26/25. I’ll post updates here because hopefully by next week I’ll have more of my life back (beyond being able to count to 25).

Yet another distraction…

I probably should have made oooh Shiny! a tag a long time ago. Admittedly I have been playing around with this particular Shiny for a while now but It’s only just reach peak Hyperspace. It took a long time for me to get into crochet (until I finally crumpled under the boredom of knitting) an almost immediately went off piste, and now I have succumbed to the hypnotic counting of Hyperbolic Crochet. Read the rest of this entry »

PlySplit cubes (I thought I would have finished this by now)

Columbus cubes

For someone who only got a D in their applied Maths A-level I’ve always been fascinated by geometry, topology and mathematical curiosites.

This little pamphlet from part of a Tarquin publications book is all that remains of my first foray into the world of rotating rings and hypercubes.

magic cubes, flexisquares, spherical geometry

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Last week we went to see Thea Porter exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey.

In the shop were necklaces made from loom bands. They were pretty basic, just loads of loom bands shoved on to a cord. I thought I could do much better.

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Winter warmer


Now that the frosts are here I have unpacked my winter hats. This one is black felt for serious walking in the foul weather. I felt it needed some decoration so that I don’t take myself too seriously. Loom bands seemed the perfect weather proof addition.

This week I have also built a Christmas cake ( it took several days ), mended the lock on the front door and finished off this years Christmas cards. Now to take out a small mortgage to pay for stamps.

Wishing you the best of the season.


A matter of perspective

So I was looking for the other end of a broken link on the internets and once on the right journal i found this tag: climbing (ooh shiny!)
which lead to this – mental health and exercise.
A moment of understanding and relief. (and as the comment stream is long since closed I’m posting about it here.)
To say thank you for saying something i didn’t know how I could say.
I haven’t climbed in a year now, I miss it. I have had periods off before for many reasons. There are lots of reasons I haven’t climbed this year, but I often thinking about it. This post I found last night made me feel less bad about a lot of things to do with exercise. Even thought climbing, going to the mountains is more than just exercise. Personally, successful climbing is about being out of mind and in body, but not a in body that complains constantly. I wont be going back to north London for a while, but I might feel positive to visit some other more local walls, and do other kinds of exercise beside walking off my own motivation.

I’ve known for a long time that is my fascination with string has a lot to do with being out of mind. however it is hugely time consuming and doesn’t allow for much exercise out side the forearms. I discovered the other day at Sainsbury’s that you you can tell when you are loosing upper body strength; as it’s a struggle to to boost yourself up on the handle of a shopping trolley and scoot along on your toes.
Writing this, or even trying to think it through first, has enabled me to put somethings into perspective. Having it written out makes it concrete. So I might remember it.

That journal has also reminded me to try and use my light box more effectively – it’s on as i type this – only one of the switches didn’t work! Jumped on by cat? More angst? But better sleeping also means dealing more successfully with nighttime thoughts… …also to more effective days.

Thanks again
and for the writing tips too
and to all the other authors i’ve lurk around over the last few challenging years. I’ ve been wanting to say thank you for your company somewhere and here is as good as anywhere.

Then lying in the dark after scribbling this down originally I had this moment of clarity so had to turn the light on again. (go to sleep brain please!)

A lot of my problems aren’t mine. They are someone else’s problems. So I don’t need to fret about them. Just deal with the bits that spill over me.
In fact I shouldn’t worry about my own problems, just try and solve them. and not beat myself up when I can’t.

I know sounds pretty trite. but it was my moment and hopefully it will stick if I post it here.


You’ve probably guessed I don’t manage to publish every Wednesday as I planed to. I just like to maintain some semblance of order in my life.

Shiny (not new) toy — Ply-spliting

I was introduced to This technique over ten years ago at an exhibition in Bampton Oxfordshire and attended two, one week courses over the next couple of years. I’ve already posted pictures of some of my work. I’d like to do more, but I’m hampered by the difficulty making cords to split. Recently I’ve been using strands from the core of old climbing ropes. It’s three ply and rather slippery, so a little different from the usual cords.
I was reminded of the potential of ply-splitting again at the conference. My teacher was there with all her samples and some of her books. image They are very different from Collingwood’s books: full of bright, well annotated photo-diagrams. I do have Collingwood’s ply splitting book just not to hand.
You don’t need these books, she said, you all ready have a good grasp of the basics. I have a terrible memory I countered, they are useful as an aid memoir.You’ll like this book

With my assistant  helping with the composition of the shot.

With my assistant helping with the composition of the shot.

t’s got maths in. So I did and I do. Modern Western ply spliting grew out of interest in and analysis of traditional materials from Rajasthan. Various practitioners have taken the technique in wide variety of different directions. Once I had got my head around David’s diagrams and explanations I wanted to take (certain parts) his work further. Have patience.

Baby steps I tell myself.
Here’s the start of a little dish to remind myself about adding new sets of cords as you increase the radius. I’ll run out of new cords very soon so it will start to grow tall, then I’ll run out of cords all together. I like this start as you can see where all the cords are going.

Oblique POT in sets of six added after blue centre cords cross

Oblique POT in sets of six added after blue centre cords cross

I promise I’ll finish this nicely and post a picture.


Shiny new toy — Sprang

So a few weeks ago I went to a conference on Early Textiles which I will write about at some point. A few of the talks were about Sprang.

What is Sprang? I hear you cry.
Not another textile technique you are going to learn and not do anything with? Read the rest of this entry »