Friday, 31 March 2017

The Latest from Sunshine Bay



Yes, Peg is still weaving, though she is taking a little time right now to compile a guest list and wonder what to wear for her 100th birthday on 9 July.
Mentally and physically sprightly, here is Peg with one of her hangings recently cut from the loom - two done and more to come on this warp. Unusually for Peg she has used neutrals and pastels in this collection.
More colour in this one, and even more colour to come by the look of the plotting going on on Peg's work table.



 Peg has not lost her expertise in hemstitching. Hers is perfectly executed and would surpass that of many weavers.
As a Christmas surprise, Peg's family refurbished an old coffee table and had a glass top made for it. Then they had fun making a collage of samples of Peg's weaving from "way back" in the days before the damask loom took over her life.
 
 

Monday, 12 December 2016

A New Batch of Hangings

As always, Peg is delighted to welcome people who want to come and have a look at her accumulated handwoven hangings. Here she shows a visitor one of her new pieces.

 Here are the five new hangings that Peg has completed recently, the first two in her "pockets of joy" style.





Peg and her trusty scissors put the finishing touch to her latest work.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

A new Year . . . a new batch of hangings

Peg is half-way through her 99th year and looking just as glamorous as always.
 Here are some pictures of her latest hangings with a couple of close-ups.

 Peg's "Pocket of Joy" theme

Everyone loves the bobbles!

 Here are some smaller pieces - fronts and backs are both attractive


A wonderfully colourful piece from the last of the warp



Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Spring in the Sounds

Here is Peg enjoying a glorious spring afternoon, overlooking her lovely beach.

And here is her latest black hanging now that she has made it into a triptych.
 Close-ups


And in case you are worried that Peg might run out of ideas . . . or yarn . . . here are some hints that there is plenty more to come.



Sunday, 20 September 2015

Pockets of Joy

Indifferent health has kept Peg away from her loom for some time but she is well recovered and back into her creative work again. 

Her latest works have innovative triangular "pockets" and Peg calls them "Pockets of Joy".  Colourful as ever, here are some photographed today.




 And here are some close-ups of the texture on the black one.


And here is the lady herself, all 98 years of her. At the moment she is refurbishing about a million miles of cord on her loom; not an easy task when there are five ground shafts and 31 pattern shafts which all need to be kept in sync with each other.  Threading the warp and balancing all the component parts are huge jobs for one person working alone.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Going Around in Circles!

Here's Peg, looking ever so pleased with herself - and why wouldn't she be?  While she is under instructions to take life easy and stay off the loom for a while, she has been busy with the French knitting and doesn't know how to stop. These pieces are works in progress, waiting for some kind person to help cut out the plywood circles to mount them on Peg has reluctantly admitted that she doesn't handle the saw quite so well these days!



The photos don't do justice to the many different colours and textures. 
Peg just seems to know what yarns to put together.
This is what Peg does while she is 'resting'.  Note the mighty machine she uses.



Thursday, 12 March 2015

The latest from Sunshine Bay

Here is the latest work from Peg's loom.
And a selection on her wall at the moment.
When Peg is not weaving she still keeps her fingers busy - and she just loves those multi-coloured yarns, especially if they have bobbles!