Saturday, February 10, 2007

Cardweaving and catpoo

Update February 11, 2007: Added 4 pics of bag being finished, in Bingorage Studio (below earlier pics).

I started doing some cardweaving with my adult art group, last week; started a few different pieces myself. One of my group members heard me fantasizing out loud about converting knitting needles into large sewing needles for yarn, so she volunteered a couple old pairs. I took them to the studio, cut off the knobs, drilled out the ends and then melted the rough edges with a flame.
The new yarn sewing needles work great.

I'm mixing hemp twine, jute, beads (idea from group), wool and acrylic yarn.
The traditional Ojibwa bags were finger-woven on a stick frame (since the cardboard trees had not been introduced to North America, at the time), using Basswood fibre, Stinging Nettle fibre, Cedar bark, etc.

Pics click to enlarge.

Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

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Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

My artsy fartsy bag photo.
8-)
Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

Broken Vulture Art cardweaving.

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Native Tech weaving and cordage page.


This pic shows dried Stinging Nettle stalks and a bag, hand-woven with processed and died nettle fibres.

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Click pic for University of Minnesota article, where photo was found.

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Holly brought a couple new members of the family with her, when we moved her back from Ottawa. This is Johnny, the round one. I couldn't find Sage, the little fraidy orange one.



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3 comments:

JLB said...

The weaving looks wonderful!

Hoka-shay-honaqut said...

Thanks JLB. Turned out better than I thought it would. A member of my group suggested crochet as a way to finish off the tops and bottoms of the bags, maybe add a flap too.
:Eric

Anonymous said...

KITTIES!!!!! Or at least Johnnie Cat!!!