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July 29, 2018

as the tapestry weaving continues new tools were needed/wanted

I was delighted to find these tapestry bobbins close to home

made by Bruce Campbell in Coquitlam B.C.

from the left they are purpleheart, bulletwood, verawood and canarywood

they are beautifully finished and a delight to use

a second warp on the pipeloom

learning little tricks from the online class “Fringeless”

all the weft yarn, with the exception of the little red square , is hand cut and spun paper


to get the correct weight I plied the white

after years of practising to get a very fine paper thread now I need it thicker!

the black is the same singles thread dyed with sumi ink and plied with a fine silk

lots of experimenting happening

on the floor loom – rag weaving log cabin pattern – I love the big rag shuttle

for patio cushions

need to get these finished before the end of summer

dyeing in the sun

handspun wool

from the left – yarrow (alum mordant) solar dyed for 1 week

walnut bark, from new branches (no mordant), solar dyed for 1 week

walnut bark, simmered 1 hour, yarn added and simmered for another hour

wood/barks need the heat

skein is yarrow simmered for 1 hour – it is a little darker

yarrow has an unpleasant smell and is best heated outside



8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2018 3:26 am

    I would take up tapestry weaving just for the pretty bobbins. Sometimes I think I like my tools more than any other part of my craft!


  2. Louisa permalink
    July 30, 2018 9:29 am

    Nice bobbins! I’ve met Bruce back when my husband was an active member of the local woodturners. He’s quite the character! And very dedicated to educating new turners and making an actual living from his work. As I’m often reminded: wood is fibre too!


  3. July 29, 2018 11:57 pm

    Those bobbins are gorgeous – I used to make Honiton lace; and I miss the excuse to seek out beautiful wood turning. There’s something particularly grounding about handling a piece of well turned wood.


    • July 30, 2018 7:45 am

      Dawn – oh, me too! I love the colours and different grains, I also have several/many drop spindles.


      • July 30, 2018 8:10 am

        and it means you can support a craftsperson too. what’s not to love?!


      • July 30, 2018 9:29 am

        Dawn – so true, anything made by hand with love and skill is special.


      • July 30, 2018 9:56 am

        Louisa – small world, I’m on a “buy local” or at least Canadian kick so was delighted to find him. The bobbins are wonderful and he included a handwritten note, I’m impressed.


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