What is fibre arts?
Fibre arts prioritizes aesthetic value over utility. Well, while it is the essence of fibre arts, we guess anything with aesthetic value will find its utility too!
Anything to do with fibres, yarns & fabric- basketry, crochet, knitting, macramé, felting, spinning, weaving, quilting, lace making, hand embroidery, dyeing, printing- all come under fibre arts as long as the ‘art’ element is the priority. Our focus at the studio is Hand weaving, Hand spinning & Felting. We also carry gorgeous yarns for knitting, crochet, weaving & other fibre arts.
‘Man has been a weaver ever since he has been a man!’ – Mary Atwater
The basics of weaving remains the same since ancient times which is interlacement of warp & weft yarns, though the mechanisms may be very many.
The modern hand looms are designed keeping in mind the functionality and ergonomics and giving great importance to aesthetics as a thing of beauty is a joy forever. The modern hand looms are for everyone to try their hand without learning the skills the hard way. Spend less time preparing to weave and more time on creativity.
The interesting part is you don’t need to know anything about weaving but still can get started with just a little initiation. We have the Rigid heddle looms & Inkle looms for amateurs & hobbyists who want to weave something quick and gift it to their dear ones. We even have a ‘mobile rigid heddle loom’ called Knitters loom which you can fold and carry in a bag! A great companion for travellers.
While the Rigid heddle looms can be used for weaving lovely neck scarves, stoles, table runners, cushion covers or even panels for making your dresses, the Inkle looms are great for making narrow bands like fashion belts, camera straps, dress trims, yoga belts, key chains and even saree borders.
There are multi-shaft table looms for the ones who love patterns & textures in weaving and the mathematically oriented. Saori looms for the zen weavers and seekers. Computerised Hand looms for tech-savvy creators and textile designers.
A hand loom for everyone. Have we missed anyone?!
TYPES OF WEAVING
Welcome to the world of pattern weaving
ADVANCED / PROFESSIONAL LOOMS
COMPUTER CONTROLLED LOOMS
Ideal marriage of computers & hand weaving technology! You are still treadling, throwing the weft pick and beating up manually like in any hand loom but the shaft selection is done with the help of electronics & solenoids and controlled by your design in the computer. You can change the weave design on the go at the touch of a button and keep weaving different designs from the same warp with ease.
Some versions have digital warp let-off, digital pick density control & automatic cloth take-up too for every beat-up. So, you can be assured of even pick density through out the fabric just like in an automatic loom.
Create your design using the computer software or even download from the web, weave a couple of inches, see if you like what you see otherwise tweak it in the computer and weave immediately with the new design. Compatible with major industry leading design software.
Great tool for Sample & design development and for short runs as well. Amazingly fast. Imagine the power of creating completely different pattern swatches from the same warp without much ado. The beauty is anyone can weave on these looms- you can weave even on a 40 shaft loom or a jacquard loom without learning the skills of multi-shaft loom weaving as there are only 2 treadles on these looms- one for selecting the shafts and another for lifting the selected shafts. The computer & the electronics fill up for the skill part.
Strongly recommended for Design studios, Design schools and for boutiques who specialise in weaving One-Of-A-Kind products and limited edition accessories.
Fantastic loom for textile colleges to teach weaving structures and for research on technical textiles as well.
Saori weaving is a contemporary weaving style originating from Japan. Emphasising on mindful weaving and free form textures, Saori weaving can be practised by everyone.
No rules, no patterns to follow, no mistakes philosophy of Saori weaving encourages experimentation and self-discovery through weaving. Saori looms are beautifully designed & crafted so anyone without prior weaving experience can get started in a matter of minutes.
Saori looms are great for Rehab and occupational therapy as they can be supplied with a number of adaptations including wheel chair access. Ready-made warps are available for Saori looms making the weaving journey quick & easy.
Hand spinning is magical! It gives you freedom to make endless varieties of yarns & total control on what you do. It is very rhythmic & meditative.
India is the land of charkha. While it is a good thing to learn the traditional way, we guess it is easier and cooler to spin with the modern spinning wheels!
The learning curve is quicker and you can spin many interesting yarns like boucle, coiled yarns, core spun yarns, wrapper yarns and a whole range of art yarns with the modern spinning wheels. You can also upcycle papers, tea bags, plastic bags, old sarees and a whole lot of other things, spin them into art yarns and use for weaving or your art work.
With the aid of drum carder or hand carder or blending board, you are presented with a wide possibility of blending different fibres like wools, silks, cottons, linens and even metallic Angelina fibres and make your own hand spun yarn in gorgeous colours. Experience the pleasure of knitting or crocheting or weaving with your own hand spun yarn.
We carry a range of spinning wheels from Ashford New Zealand. Traditional spinning wheels & the beautiful Elizabeth wheels for the people who love aesthetics of it, the Joy & Kiwi for the travellers and the Country Spinner for the Art yarn aficionados and experimental spinners. We even have a e-Spinner which is forgiving for an absolute beginner and a versatile companion for the advanced spinner. We carry a variety of Drop spindles including the Turkish drop spindle for people who love to spin on the move.
Felting perhaps is the oldest known textile making technique. Animal hairs like wool entangle with each other when you apply appropriate heat, moisture and mechanical action like rubbing thus creating a ‘felted sheet’. Broadly, there are 3 ways of felting.
Wet felting: You can felt the wools with wet felting, a fun process of sprinkling soap & water onto wool and keep rolling & rubbing till it felts. Good exercise for the arms & shoulders too! You can make hand bags, slinger bags, beautiful wall arts and even 3 dimensional felts including lamp shades and the like.
Needle felting: With needle felting, just keep pricking the wool with specially profiled felting needles and shape the wools into anything you like including dolls, flowers, your favourite comic characters and a whole big dinosaur too if you have the time & patience!
Nuno-felting: A relatively new technique developed by fibre artist Polly Stirling in early 1990s, nuno-felting is great for creating light weight felts which can be used even as dresses & stoles. It involves felting the wool fibres onto silk fabrics to make some stunning pieces.