Monday, December 30, 2013

Nearly the end of 2013 ...

Snappy title, huh?  This post is a bit of a mish-mash of what I've been up to over the last few weeks, apologies if you've seen most of these pics on Instagram! 

I'll start off with a fun/sad night we attended on the Summer Solstice - our favourite bar/restaurant, Dragonfly, closed down!  Although we are happy for our friends who have been trying to sell the place for a while, we're sad to see it go :(  There's nowhere quite like it.

Here's what I wore - snapped in the hotel on the way there, so not a great pic ;)  I bought this skirt from Gallery Serpentine years ago (it was a Japanese import), but haven't worn it much - Anita reminded me of it. 

No pics inside Dragonfly, as it was ridiculously busy ... seriously, busier than I've ever seen it ??  It's usually the sort of place you can relax and hang out at, but that night there was a queue 4 people deep to get a drink!  It was lovely to catch up with friends there, and afterwards we found a quieter cocktail bar to have a chat.

Of course, I've been spending a lot of time weaving!

I have been on a mission to build up stock in the 5 patterns that I have been concentrating on, but I thought I'd use the holiday periods to try some new techniques and skills (something I haven't had time to play with).  So I warped up for my first pattern using all 8 of my shafts.  It was from a vintage pattern from 1895, but turned out a lot more subtle than I planned.  I still like it though!

Actually, it looks pretty similar to the 'Peacock' design.  I've printed out a whole pile of patterns from, so look forward to trying more out.  I will have them for sale on my Etsy and Storenvy stores as one-off designs.

And on my rigid heddle loom, I've been playing with transparency inlay technique - it's a bit messy, and needs more practise ... but do you see the bat??

I'm about to warp up my tapestry loom too - I can't wait to get started on the next Goth Deathrock Subculture piece!!

I bought Lily a Summer Solstice gift - a latch hook kit!  Do you remember these?  I had a butterfly one at her age ;)

Oh, and I got myself one too - well, they're FUN!

Oh, and one last thing - I'm growing the back of my hair!  I don't really want the maintenance of dreads again, but I like having long hair at the back.  So I'm growing the back part long (MULLET!), and I will either leave it as is, or dread it later.  Undecided, but it's getting long already!

First time in 20 years that the back of my head has had hair growing on it, haaha!!  And that's the extent of my 'growing out' for now ;)

OK, back to work ... I have been working all the non-public holidays, but have the whole of next week off - CAN'T WAIT!!


  1. It is sad that your favourite restaurant is closing, but at least you looked fabulous and got to be there!

    The weaving looks great, it is great to be able to do what you love!

    I will be interested to see what the back of your hair looks like when you grow it out. Will you do things with it like tiny plaits? (I love plaits ha ha)

    1. Umm, maybe just one plait when it's in my way!! ;)
      That's if it even grows - the last time I tried to grow my hair (bear in mind I was about 15 or 16), it didn't get past my shoulders ... so we will see!!

  2. :) LATCH HOOK RUGS! sigh ... I remember them fondly, so fondly that Ed and I each have one that we work on when we're particularly stressed. HA! He has a unicorn and I have a frog. Seriously. I'm not kidding, Ed does latch hook.

    Oooo ... batty batty! I love the fact that you are doing 19th century weaves. I love the idea of reviving history, but that's the historian in me I guess.

    Doll, you are gorgeous no matter what your hair looks like. Happy Solstice and Happy New Year, my sweet friend.

    1. Happy Solstice and New Year to you too, gorgeous girl!!

      Yes, I love the 19th (and early 20th) century drafts, mainly because a lot of weavers are doing the same patterns these days (pinwheels, coloured warps and the like), and I want to do something different. Also, there's no copyright on those old patterns, so I'm being totally practical too :P Weaving is such an ancient craft (one of the oldest), that vintage patterns are easier to come by than one may think ;) And looms haven't changed that much over the years either.

  3. I can cut off my mullet and donate some hair to your cause ;) Happy Soon-to-Be New Year dear Michelle! <3

    1. IF ONLY!! Heh :P
      My hairdresser (who specialises in extensions) is trying to convince me to get extensions, but I really want to see how long it gets first before resorting to cheating, haaha!! ;)

      Happy New Year to you too sweetie!! xx

  4. Happy New Year! You're looking great :-)

    Can't wait to see Lily's end project!

    1. Aww, thanks Katie - and a happy new year to you too!

      Lily's latch hook is definitely a work-in-progress - as a child of the electronic age (she spends 90% of her time at her 'other household' on the computer/TV/gaming station), she doesn't understand the value of slow craft/manual work, so it's tricky! We refuse to do electronic babysitting, which often frustrates her ... but it's better for her in the long run ;)

  5. Love your outfit with the lovely pearl necklace! Happy new year!

    1. Thank you, you too! I nicked the necklace from Anita - it's a weird jumble of fake pearls and haberdashery trimmings ;)