Friday, February 18, 2011

Not weaving yet ...

Summer hobby - a kit doll house,
called "Fantasy Villa"
to which I built on 3 rooms.
(Kitchen, bathroom and study)

It has taken me 3 years, but now,
it is painted, has window panes and
curtains and I managed to collect
the furniture that is available in
this small size and in my price range.
The house is in
half inch/ 1:24 scale,
50 cm tall (19 3/4") x 56 cm (22")wide.

I built the sink in the
kitchen myself and still need a small
cupboard or meat safe to make it complete.

Also still missing is a small spiral stair case,
which I am still working on, - to lead from
the music room to the attic and the study.

Note: The rugs in the bath room, bed room and
study are hand woven (yeah! :-)

My friend's DH also made me some books
for the study (he is a book restorer).

Below a place for friends and a cuppa
on the balcony and new home made pot
plants for the porch

Here is the house key,
if you would like to visit :-)

If you are still with me, :-)

I am warping my small loom "Imp" for new
table runners. I found I had given all the
light coloured ones away for presents, and
feel kind of "down" with navy blue,
dark green and dark brown ones
for myself!

I found enough light coloured "left over bits"
- which
creates an adventurous warping experience!
(I need to measure out all one colour to find
out how many warps I can get from it, and
then I have to split the bundle,
because I want equal colours on each side ...)

Warning for beginner weavers:
This is not the right way to warp! (chuckle)

I'll be all right! I'll prove it next time!

Have a good weekend!


Fran said...

Vera, the dollhouse looks like fun. But, your tapestries are exquisite! For some reason, I think of you quite often and check your blog to see how you are coming along.
I was wondering, can someone of a certain age take up tapestry and expect to accomplish something beautiful??
Also, I was wondering if a rather intricate pattern like "Journey", for instance, is decided before starting to weave? I guess I am asking how impulsive a person can be, and still be "successful?? Fran from Calgary,( where it is -20 C today.)

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Uhhh! that's cold, - keep warm Fran!
There is no age limit to learn tapestry weaving. If you really want to do it and have some time to devote to it, the sky is your limit! Yes, the design is worked out before starting to weave. I personally only work from outlines which tell me where what is supposed to be. I weave colours and details as I go along, but many weavers like to put all details and colours in their design first. Whichever it seems easier to you. The only consideration when making a design is that any vertical line will have to be sewn together as those lines create slits in the weaving. You can be as impulsive as you like as long as you are prepared to learn how to manage things as you go along. It is often more successful to do something "difficult" which you love, than something easy which bores you to death ... Just start and see! So much of it has to be practice to gain skill, and learning from un-weaving mistakes, but all that is visible in the end are your ideas!
Vera, happy to encourage anybody :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mum,
The dolls house looks really lovely! Congratulations! The study is my favourtie room. It looks so nice and cosy and the sort of place I'd like to be.
I'm so glad that everything finally came together for it and you have been able to complete it to your satisfaction. :-)
I'm looking forward to being able to see it soon!

I love your rainbow of colours for your new table runners. They should make a lovely bright addition to your table. :-)
I'm always impressed with the skill you have to do all these all these things. I look forward to seeing how they turn out. :-)

I wish all the best for a wonderfully creative weekend and good weather for weaving this coming week.

With much love

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thanks very much! Tikarma,
I'll be glad to show it all to you! I can not make my mind up which room I like best :-)

I will be starting to weave the table runner tomorrow ... I hope it will turn out as nice as I imagine :-)

Wishing you a good week too!!
Love + (((HUG))))
mum & Karley xOOOx

David Agnew said...


This blog is a delight.
I would so look forward to sharing a cuppa with you on that balcony :)

What you demonstrate is love - love of the creative process, love of what you are creating.

Tell your friend Fran for me that it is never too late to start and that a thing of beauty is created out of love :)

I wish you and Karley all the best for the forthcoming week


Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thanks very much for your nice comment! You would always be welcome for a cuppa on the balcony! You could read your poetry too :-)

I am very happy with the result, and even though I didn't know that I could do these things, it was fun to try and turn out all right.
I'm glad that you like it too!

Wishing you a good weekend :-)

Vera & Karley