Cutting rags, talking on the phone and weaving. And not to forget: listening to audiobooks. In short: enjoying life!!
I am weaving twill these days. It is called vaðmál in Icelandic. The English term is vadmal.
These terms indicate that the lines that the warp and weft form are diagonal and there are various angles of lines that make different forms of twill : 14°,18°, 27°, 45° and 63°.
The different forms of twill have an array of names: herringbone, goose eye, overcheck herringbone, barleycorn, houndstooth, broken twill. plain twill, glen check, gun club check, broken twill and tattersall. Probably there are more terms.
The one I am weaving is a weft faced herringbone, at 45°.
Of course it is made from RAGS! ;)
This rug was woven in the last century! Must be old as h.... Somehow I hadn't photographed it before it moved down under so it was a nice surprise to receive a photo of it last year. Sometimes when I see something old again I wonder: did I make that? How did I come up with exactly that?
Can't explain what it is that makes one estranged to ones own creation, perhaps some of the readers can?
Introducing the Jolly rag rug. I found these two colours difficult so I decided to join them into a long rag rug that is sturdy and will lie flat on the floor most of the time. Something happy looking and with a nice feel under the feet first thing in the morning when you take the first steps of a day full of...adventure.
Kynni káta teppið. Mér fannst þessir tveir litir vera erfiðir einir og sér en saman, var hægt að gera eitthvað ekki væmið með þá? Káta teppið leit dagsins ljós, þykkt og stöðugt teppi á gólfið sem gott er að tipla á sín fyrstu spor, dag hvern á leið í ævintýri lífsins.
More here/ Meira hér
I wove this rag-rug for an exhibition in the maritime museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was on display amongst other items inspired by fishing tools and boats. It was quite fun making and instead of having it only in the bright turquoises of new nets I wanted a bit of the fading colour. Think it turned out ok. It is for sale if anybody cares to tread on it e.g. when waking up in the morning and finding the way to the loo and then the coffee maker. ISKR 80.000 or 490 ECU.
Not very sharp images from the exhibition but they were taken in haste in between a job in Borgarnes and a trip to Shetland.
This tool that I purchased this summer and used happily for about two months failed. The blade refused to stay in cutting-position. Now I am waiting for a new one to come along with the postman. Was thinking of buying an Olfa cutter but this one is prettier!
The rag rug I made inspired by fishing-nets has been accepted to be included in an exhibition called "Net á þurru landi" or "Net on dry land" the url is here for the exhibition. All in plain Icelandic. Couldn't find it in English. In an earlier blog I put in pictures of the rug in the making but I got so excited about handing it in that I totally forgot about photographing. Will have to leave that to the moment when I receive my rug back at the end of the exhibition. This post goes without a picture.
Weaving rag-rugs does not only require a loom and shuttles.
It requires scissors and a cutter. My newest tools are the left-hand scissors and cutter that I bought in Finland this summer. After having cut rags for 20 years my right hand wrist has been worn out so I figured out that I should start cutting with my left hand and then have 20 more years of cutting ahead of me and weaving. I guess I'll have to find an assistant when I am 70, who can cut my rags.
I also bought this handsome one eyed out-of-space creature or earthling-bacteria-like thing in Finland this summer, a cutter for cloth or rather rags in my case.
I can handle both tools now quite well, but it took a lot of concentration to get control of the left handed cutting. But I succeeded! Small victories in the tough world of Rag-rugs.
The latest piece is growing and I am getting very excited about cutting it loose from the loom, soon. Did you nootice all the oo's??
It is also a whole lot of thinking, pondering etc. I have a kind of clear idea of what I want to make. Then I have to dig into the material that I have got a and start looking at it and organize, un-organize and cut more rags.
The balls of rags are a beau too.
As for this week I will not be pondering in the loom but rather tell people about the wonders of the Icelandic Goat race on a farmers fair in northern Iceland. The goat race in an endangered species and only counts 850 animals and there is a lot of inbreed as you might understand.
This is just the beginning of a new piece. Unfortunately the sun is shining on a clear blue sky and I want to spend the day outside.
Have to clean the bike as the gears are not smooth enough, caused by dirt.
But I am thinking of how to proceed with this piece.
I guess thinking is good for the brain ;)
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art from Winchester School of Art.