|Lois Ives |
|Hand and machine sewing, manipulating threads and fabrics, have been important recreational interests throughout my life. |
Since retiring from a long and happy career of pre-school teaching, I have allowed [indeed encouraged] these interests to blossom into a full-time obsession.
|Recently I have been experimenting with silk and wool tops, some felting, lots of twin-needle sewing, "creative" lace and beads - all in the name of embroidery.|
The patterns I make with machine quilting bring to my mind the raked sand-gardens of Japan.
I sometimes wonder if the priest / gardener of such places as Roanji, has as much fun making his patterns as I do, sewing my very own textured patterns.
|The material draped on the model and in lots of my current work has been made out of wool and silk tops.|
These layers have then been felted and then sewn with a twin needle.
| Also in recent times, I have extended a long-time interest in knotting and braiding into the Japanese art of kumi-himo. I make these braids on a small, wooden, circular loom called a maru-dai and I use a wide range of threads from silk, cotton, rayon sewing and knitting yarns. |
|My braids are mostly thick and bold and lack the exquisite, fine repetition of most kumi-himo being done in Australia - that I know about. This has probably come about because I am braiding in isolation.|| |
Then again it may be down to the fact that I love taking some "traditional" stitch, technique or whatever and taking enormous liberties with it and sometimes it is successful and often it is not - but it's fun trying.
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