Christmas spirit

Wishing everyone a merry, merry Christmas from a non-snowy, snowflakey household xo



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hands project


i’d love your help

as you probably know, i’m currently working on a body of work centred around the “vessel”

the vessel has become a metaphor for me that describes the importance of family and the passing down of family stories

as a “side story”, as i weave my vessels, i realise how much i miss my mum’s hands and how much a mother’s hands do.  as a result i am compiling a collection of photographs of hands.  the only rules of this project are that the hands belong to either a mum or a grandmother, or both.

i have documented the details here, and have created a “hashtag” type project on instagram (you’ll find me there as @sammiam)

looking forward to seeing your #mothershands



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halfway there…

very busy times

half a year is gone already leaving me only 3 months to get all my work ready for  3 end of year exhibitions and put together a book for assessment requirements

i just keep breathing – what else can i do?

IMG_5651WIP vessels in a range of states

and meanwhile, as the clock ticks and i keep breathing, my hands keep weaving bits of scrap cotton into chook wire

life is funny…

there IS always time for procrastination though of course!

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when in doubt… in and out


We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Louisa May Alcott




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off the loom



shifu… wool warp, paper weft


shifu detail

shifu detail

the colour on the end of this piece was derived from humble onion skins and the dregs of my morning plunger coffee…


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2 ply bendigo wool warp, paper weft…
i’m in heaven!

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Ready to weave


I finally got the opportunity to visit the lovely Amanda yesterday. I took my new/old loom, Mirabelle, with me so Amanda could help me to warp her up. This was a huge learning day for me and it took ages just to get the warp on and ready to weave.

Once the Teksolv heddles were attached we started to wind the warp…


Luckily, Amanda has a winding mill… 100 warp threads, or ends, in order to weave an 8 inch piece (we rounded the number of ends up to the closest 10, it should have been 96), meant a lot of yarn to wind! We decided on a 7 metre warp of a 2ply Bendigo yarn in white. The seemingly endless warp length just means that I’ll be weaving for a while before I need to return to Amanda for help again!!!


I learnt how important it is to maintain the “cross”… (Amanda became a hand model for this photo!!!)


…how to sley the reed


and thread the heddles.


Warp all tensioned, a job that really is made easier with the help of a friend, and I’m all ready to start weaving.

This Internet world really is an amazing place. I found Amanda by googling the name of the maker of my loom and discovered that she had recently assisted another soul with warping exactly the same loom. Amanda has been so so generous with her time and information sharing. She directed me to Petlins so that I could purchase a few bits and pieces for Mirabelle, she’s emailed me and we’ve spoken over the phone about issues I wasn’t sure about and then, sight unseen, she invited me to her home where she fed me a delicious bowl of soup and put aside 5 hours to help me get started with my weaving on this loom. Good, old fashioned, friendly helpfulness… Thank you thank you thank you Amanda!!! You’re a ripper!

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