Saturday, October 3, 2015

Custom Order for a Wall Hanging

I was contacted through our Etsy store about weaving a wall hanging for a lady on Denman Island.  She wanted to have something neutral in white/cream with a subtle pattern to disguise an electrical box in her living room.  I put together some colour combination ideas for her using cones from the never ending stash!  This was one very brave lady to have commissioned by just seeing some photographs of cones!  The first group of photos have a white Normandy linen base with different coloured linens.
The natural grey fine linen.
The linen/cotton blend with a warm straw colour with white streaks.

The second option has a natural creamy white cotton base with different silks. 
The soft green fleck silk.
The dark natural khaki silk.

My client chose to go with the white linen and the linen/cotton blend with a favourite pattern of mine; seven shaft snowflake twill. I was glad she chose to use the white linen because we had some warp threads already pulled from another project, Mum’s linen runner, which I was able to re-purpose.
I also finished the cone of white linen for the rest of the warp!
The linen/cotton weft is very fine and so very neutral that it is hard to see the pattern but it is really soft and lovely.
There was enough warp for another runner and I decided to do the same sized runner again but with a larger sized weft in a darker colour, this time in a silk/linen blend.  It wasn’t one of the choices that I had given the lady but I thought that it might be more in line with what she thought she was getting (if that makes sense, a little mind reading in my case.)
With the blog name of Dust Bunnies Under My Loom we don’t show a lot of dust bunnies but here are some giant linen ones that the linen created!
Here are the two runners side by side.  I wove them on the same warp and to the same length but after wet finishing the finished sizes were quite different.  The cotton/linen blend runner finished size is 18.5 inches by 56 inches and the silk/linen runner finished size is 20 inches by 54 inches.
The silk/linen is really pretty and the shine is gorgeous and that is the one that she chose!
The cotton/linen runner is much harder to photograph as the colours are very subdued with little flecks of creamy cotton.  But it, too, is lovely and has a wonderful linen shine gleaming through.  For Sale.
Final garden shot.  This year there is a wonderful layering of plants in the garden.  You can see Weigela, Dahlias, and Hibiscus and the Green Man on the fence. 

1 comment:

Sojourner Design said...

The woven piece is so elegant!