Helen and split ivy basket with detail below…. It is hard to express just how exciting it has been in the studio lately- Todd and I have been blown away quiet regularily at our evening circles with what folks are doing! So many people have been inspired with the introduction of materials and techniques and some really interesting things are happening, take a look at recent projects….
Martin’s “Aubergine inspired” split ivy basket
This” Ivy Dollie” was made by Brian who participated recently- using the traditional technique of the English Corn or Wheat Dollie- I must watch him closely next time!
Julia’s first weaving ever! an ivy ball
Ian – after 3 visits on Thursday evenings appears to be totally mastering the art of the macroweave…. split ivy again. ( we are all very impressed)
Debra led a few Saturdays in de-mystifying Salish weaving and spinning, above is a close up of the twinning in wool with two colours- I had hopes we would take this info and translate it into working with invasives in basketry, and before I could blink Joy who has been a regular participant beat me to it!
This work in progress is ivy, and the coloured ivy is dyed with flag iris root- one of our other “invasives of interest” I love how this relates to what Debra showed us!
One of the things that keeps coming up in the Urban Weaver studio is the idea of “tabby, twill, twine” – the 3 basic techniques that are used by everyone, regardless of where they are from, or what material they are working in. Textiles unite us all.
rolling wet blackberry skin across my leg to create a twist,and wrapping the twisted vine over fingers to hold twist in place.
I knotted several long lengths together as I worked to create a long, single line of twist.
when I had about twice what I wanted length-wise, I took my end line and my start line from the centre, and began to twist these together in the opposite direction- this becomesr oving (two-ply twist) very strong, and good for a warp!
note- I am working on the opposite leg now, so the twist is going the other direction- the two-ply is being wrapped around my fingers, the single ply bundle that I am pulling from both ends hangs beside me on the ground. rough texture works best for friction to get a twist happening- jeans are too smooth- try thermal underwear!
Karen has been experimenting in spinning blackberry too.
With a drop spindle: Using long chainlinks to join wet blackberry strips are bound together and become a two or three ply in the spinnning process.
Coiling works in progress:
ivy ribs with flag iris twined weave
garden dye samples with small cedar basket, red cedar trim dyed with geranium: basket by Todd Devries
red begonia dyed English ivy as trim in cedar bracelet
Blackberry vine inserted in a cedar basket as a decorative element
finished basket by Todd Devries
Work in Progress: Ivy twinned on a cedar warp for ivy slippers… by Sharon Kallis