Baby Wrap started and a Blanket Complete – April 2017

Beginnings of a Double Weave Baby Wrap

This last month has seen two projects happen.  One (blanket) is completed and the other (baby wrap) still a work in progress. The completed project was three knee rugs woven in Maniototo yarn, which I hand dyed blue and pale gray. These were woven in a blanket tweel which gives more density and softness than simply plain weave or twill. I enjoyed the change from the fine yarns that I usually work with.

JointWorks Studio Maniatoto Yarn Blanket

 

For the majority of the month, I worked on a 2 block double weave baby wrap. This is being made from 10/2 pearle cotton, a good practical yarn for the end use as well as having a lovely  luster and good range of colours.  This baby wrap project had specific requirements – a particular pattern, yarn and set of colours.  This  was a very enjoyable challenge to work out how it would all fit together. I was so looking forward to this project; a baby wrap is quite a substantial piece of fabric – so satisfying.

One layer is in plain black and the other layer is in seven shades of blue. These two layers interchange forming ascending and descending blocks of colour. It took a few hours on the computer figuring out the colour changes with the weaving pattern changes. Then there is the take-up and shrinkage to allow for. It required a few cups of tea to solve all these elements. I was happy with the end result but the computer can only go so far.

Warping the loom with approximately 1500 threads (in 2 layers) was somewhat of a challenge. It took some time to think how I might be able to do this process more efficiently for the next time.

I wove the sample which helped for three reasons. First, dealing with the technical issues ie tensioning of the warp and the two shuttles as well as working out the best way to get the selvedges done tidily and start to get the rhythm of the weaving. Another issue is you cannot see the bottom layer of your weaving therefore I need to take particular care when weaving this layer. Secondly, to work out the actual size after I had washed the sample to calculate the take-up and shrinkage. Thirdly and probably most importantly, that the sample meets the expectations of the customer which I am pleased to say it has done.

Now I have to actually weave the piece!!

Box of cotton for baby wrap Double Weave Baby Wrap 1 Double Weave Baby Wrap 2

 

Sawdust followed sawdust – 2016 workshop review

A year since I put anything up from the workshop.  One could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps I was so busy doing the studio, that nothing else was achieved… Surprisingly enough, there was plenty of sawdust created this year.  I was able to create some work which I was very happy with.

And here we are 4 months later… and this still hasn’t hit the web… best I press the publish button!

Elm Table

First from the piles of sawdust was a small table.  The customer had a large 1800 mm round table that simply didn’t fit in their new apartment style home.  We looked at cutting the table round table down, but that simply didnt work as the stand for the table was too large.  So a new table was required.  After some discussion we made a small table that could be put against a buffet, and when required was expanded with a drop in insert.  The expansion of the table was controlled by this runner set from Lee Valley.

 

Outdoor Table and Benches

I was fortunate to have a customer who wanted an outdoor table and benches.  It was quite a large table, 2500mm long and 900mm wide.  Made from Lusitanica it was designed to live under some trees during summer and then by stored in winter.  Fabulous way to treat your outdoor furniture.  Finished in Sikkens HLSe the table and benches looked absolutely fabulous.

Pull Apart Box

I have made a few of these ‘pull apart boxes’.  They are the results of a guild wood challenge a few years ago, and I have continued to make them  Recently I was offered some wood, and thought I would make one of these for the person who donated the wood.  But instead of a single wood, I would use two different timbers.  One wrapped around the other.

JointWorks Studio - 2016

Studio – Old to New

Some of you maybe aware that JointWorks Studio is situated the original Tasman Store.  Our building was built around 1913 or 1914. After 100 years or so of use the building was getting quite tired, and in need of some love and attention.  In June 2016 we decided the time was right to a few things right.

The trouble with putting a few things right, is that often one thing leads to another… and then maybe another.  As a result the studio is now fabulous.  And it should be as it has had a full makeover!

For those who are interested in these matters here is a list of repairs

  • Replacement of all piles / joists and bearers
  • Replace rotten / rotting / borer ridden studs (about 80%)
  • the floor was replaced
  • All windows and doors replaced
  • Insulate
  • Replace all plasterboard
  • New power points and lights
  • Repaint

The work was quite extensive and a condition of consent was to put in a mobility impaired car park and ramp. During the rebuild, our gardens were damaged so we have replaced all the gardens as well.  Overall the building and grounds are looking great.

Jane has been in the studio for about 6 weeks. She has found it very light, airy and welcoming and because of the repairs,  our work looks superb.

Funnily enough the most commented item about the studio is the floor, which is particle board with a 10 mm oak tongue and groove timber overlay.  It is quite an interesting floor as we used all locally grown okay, so there is a mixture of english, silky and pin oak to name a few.