Category Archives: Item 1 Cushion

Clasped weft handspun yarn and alpaca

2 alternative weave structures, both using "tie-down" warp

2 alternative weave structures, both using “tie-down” warp

The fabric for this was completed last week.  It was the first of the Final Collection, as it was the largest cushion, and the weave would be hand-manipulated and therefore time-consuming.  I thought it best to get the tough one out of the way 🙂

Here, I sampled a couple of alternative lift plans, the top section produces a flemish bond brickwork pattern, the one below, a block pattern.

This design developed from exploring images of crumbling render which exposed brickwork and the opposite, patched brickwork, added into or around concrete or a rendered wall.



Completed Cushion

Completed Cushion

Completed today.

I love it!

It’s a requirement of the course, to examine and review work done primarily to identify what went right/wrong, what could be done differently.  I have considered this very carefully and I am completely happy with it.  Though if pushed, I might say that I wished I had made the contour (where the clasped wefts join) a little curvier.




Detail (clasped weft)

… Detail (clasped weft)

……and here is the detail.  The textured yarn is my own hand-spun Merino, which I made for this project.

This photograph was taken whilst the cloth was on the loom whereas the one above was taken in daylight – which explains the difference in colour


Final Collection Item 1 Cushion

Clasped Weave

Clasped Weave

A product !  One of a set of 5 items for my final collection.  Not made up into a cushion cover yet, but looking the business

I am moving forward on opening an Etsy shop, where I am planning to sell One of a Kind handmade items.  More news on that later, as just now, my main focus is on this final collection.  I am “tied-on” ready to get cracking with a second piece, and planning to get it woven by Tuesday.  Then, I need to look again at my design ideas for the double weave cloth I have planned and sampled, a final check to make sure I have properly worked through my design and yarns etc.

It’s a busy time 🙂