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Necklaces

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

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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.

MER

DNA necklace

So, I think I have cracked the structure of the necklace.

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On the the left is the first version. The backbones curly beautifully, but the cross links are too short. This pulls everything out of line. Making the cross link longer as the example in the middle shows gives everything room to move into the correct place.
The loom shows the lay out of the bands to make this design.
It is made the same way the curly triples are made in last weeks post. The increasing loops are placed on the parallel pegs. The cross links are put on at the same time; Looped on the next round and hooked off the peg towards the mid line. The increase loop comes every third band, and the links every sixth round.

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This image shows the second version in more detail. It has been partially unwound so that the cross links can be more easily seen. The strand was left half finished on the loom for a few days and so had a straight bit in it for a while, that required a bit of manipulation a.

I still haven’t decided on the colour way. Using the repeat of three colours is useful to keep track of the structure, however it’s a bit overpowering.

I’ll edit this post as I progress in this project.

MER

Turning corners

Usually when I get interested in a new technique I want to push the limits as far as possible. It keeps me from getting bored. So far I’ve been making bracelets and necklaces from tubes of bands. Up to a certain dimension the tubes have enough flexibility to curve enough to go around a neck or wrist. But if you want more control you need to be able to creat bends in your work Read the rest of this entry »

Show your work

Every week I try and have something nice and coherent to post here, which means that I don’t all ways manage to post something even though I have something planned. This week I am going to post the bits and pieces that I have gone so you can see what an mix and match my life is

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The latest craze

I have succumbed to the the latest craze that is sweeping though the under tens – making accessories from multicoloured rubber bands.

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