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Exhibition gallery

 

Over the many years I have been tying knots, either through commissions or my addiction to knot tying, my repertoire has become vast. Too numerous to catalogue effectively I thought a gallery section might be a good idea. Several of the items come with me to form part of the exhibit for my talks enabling the audience to get a close look and even try them on.


The items displayed are available as commission orders, however the nettle top and the shawl in Soay and Mouflon wool are subject to yarn availability. Please contact me for further details should you be interested.

21st Century Bronze Age Wear


Inspired by my time at Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre in Peterborough, England, I have created a range of clothing with a Bronze Age style but which is also suitable for 21st century fashion.


Knots have been tied since the Stone Age and knotted clothing and fabric was part of Bronze Age life. Archaeological evidence has been found to support knotted clothing. Using common knots that were known at the time my designs are interpretations of what could have been made. As tying knots has changed little in technique my experimentation became whether frames would have been used to support the work. My conclusion being yes, just I use a framework today for any large cumbersome piece. Macramé, as it is called now, is a very portable craft and can mostly be done on the lap, which is how I did all but the cotton shawl. Cotton is not European Bronze Age but at the time of making the shawl very little other natural fibre was available, however, that has all changed thanks to resurgence in natural fibres. So another experiment involved working with fibres that would have been in use during the Bronze Age, wool, flax and nettle. All are wonderful mediums to work with. I am especially enamoured of the nettle and am now producing my own yarn from nettles cut at Flag Fen. Lime tree bast was also used to make cloth. An experiment for the future!


It takes me over 40 hours to hand tie thousands of knots into a shawl (approximately 5000 in the wool)

Wool Cape        

Made with Aran wool, it started off as a scarf and just grew!



 


 



Knot Sculptures

 

A creative passion of mine is to make heads and masks, so far my repertoire includes; a Chinese head, a Saxon helmet and an elephant.  My future plans are for an Egyptian wig and headdress and a North American Indian headdress. I have already worked out how to make feathers with knots and have converted the idea into jewellery.


Knotted over standard size polystyrene wig stands the heads are eye catching sculptures. I use a lightweight cotton string in natural colour, and also dye colours. Each sculpture takes between 30 to 50 hours to complete depending on the complexity of the pattern.


Furnishings

Made with thick soft cotton cord, washable and hardwearing.












 


Table mats                       Antimacassars and arm covers  (1 picture sent)                   Curtain  (1 picture sent)









Lampshades        (2 pictures sent)     Doilies        (3 pictures sent)














Table runners   (1 picture sent)

 

 

 

Belly dance belt    (2 pictures sent to replace the site ones unless they are the same of course I couldn't tell)

 

I designed this belt to accompany my belly dance costumes. It is so comfortable to wear and makes a lovely “clacking “  sound when you move.  I sew metal beads into the knot work with a mix of metal and wood beads on the ends of the hanging strands. Over 1200 beads in all. Made in a soft cotton string.

 

 

Bags

 

Butterfly bag       (1 picture sent)

 

As I like butterflies and my mother’s garden was always full of them in summer, I just had to design a bag with my own butterfly on the front. Made with soft cotton string it is fully lined  with a bead fastening. Size; 259mm x 259mm (10" x 10") 


 

Leaf bag       (1 picture sent)

 

Inspiration for this bag came one autumn, when the leaves were falling from the tree outside my kitchen window. The  size and shape of the leaf was perfect for  creating  the evening bag I had in mind.  Fully lined with a press stud fastening the Leaf bag is great for summer use, but I use mine all year round. Made in cotton string it has a delicate narrow strap. Size; Length 203mm (8") Width 241mm (9.5")

 

 


Macarame wool shawl

Wool Shawl    
I designed and knotted this shawl during re-enactments at Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre and used wool from their Soay and Mouflon breeds of sheep. The colours are the natural shades of the wools. This shawl is extremely lightweight to wear and amazingly warm.

Macarame wool shawl back

Cotton Shawl     
Knotted in a patchwork style design, made with soft cotton string and wood beads. Superb for cool summer evenings, or cold winter nights.

Macarame cotton shawl Macarame cotton shawl Macarame wool cape 1 Macarame wool cape 2 Macarame wool cape 3

Bronze Age Style Skirt   

My version of a Bronze Age skirt inspired by an outfit found in a barrow at Egtved, Scandinavia in the 1920’s. My first re-enactment attire!

Nettle Top    

An amazingly comfortable garment to wear. Cool in the heat and warm in the cold. The colours are natural to the nettle. The buttons are hollowed out acorns.

macrame bronze age style skirt macrame bronze age style skirt 2 Macarame nettle top Macarame nettle top back

Chinese Head   

When I first took up macramé over 40 years ago, I saw a picture in a book of a Chinese mask made of knots. I liked it so much I attempted to make a similar one (there was no pattern).Over the years many people have remarked on it and have received many commissions from it however, It has much improved since my first attempt!  Each one I make has a unique difference tailored to its new owner.

Saxon Helmet       

Inspiration for this sculpture came from the helmet found at the Saxon burial site in Sutton Hoo,  Suffolk, England. Working only from pictures of the helmet and using  my own imagination, I designed and created this macramé version of the decorative artefact; achieving the patterning by using various types of knots.

macrame saxon helmet rear macrame saxon helmet front

Belly dance belt 














I designed this belt to accompany my belly dance costumes. It is so comfortable to wear and makes a lovely ‘clacking’  sound when you move.  I sew metal beads into the knot work with a mix of metal and wood beads on the ends of the hanging strands. Over 1200 beads in all. 
Made in a soft cotton string.

macrame belly dance belt 1 macrame belly dance belt 2

Bags

 

Butterfly bag    

 

As I like butterflies and my mother’s garden was always full of them in summer, I just had to design a bag with my own butterfly on the front. Made with soft cotton string it is fully lined  with a bead fastening. Size; 259mm x 259mm (10" x 10") 

 

Leaf bag     

 

Inspiration for this bag came one autumn, when the leaves were falling from the tree outside my kitchen window. The  size and shape of the leaf was perfect for  creating  the evening bag I had in mind.  Fully lined with a press stud fastening the Leaf bag is great for summer use, but I use mine all year round. Made in cotton string it has a delicate narrow strap. Size; Length 203mm (8") Width 241mm (9.5")

macrame butterfly bag macrame leaf bag

Wool Socks

Made in needle hitching with Jacob wool. A technique which can be dated back 7000 years.



Keeping your feet warm Roman style

Flax hat

Made with flax yarn (linen) using the needle hitching technique.


Wall Art

Net bag

Cotton Sweater


Hand knotted in flat knots and half hitches with cotton yarn. Mostly knotted at Realitas Arts & Crafts Centre during my Saturday demonstrations.

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 Handle bag   

 

For the Flag fen tour guides to use and contains Bronze Age implements and fibres etc, and a sword.  Made using the needle hitching technique

Mediaeval hairnet


Made with gold metallic thread using a traditional net making technique. Height of fashion for the Lady of the Manor at Longthorpe Mediaeval Tower, Peterborough

Soay hat

Made in needle hitching with Soay sheep wool