Cambrian Mountains Wool Challenge 2015

In January 2015 the Cambrian Mountains Wool Design and Make Challenge was launched. I submitted a design for a floor cushion using my hand-woven fabric. However, the organisers asked me to consider working with upholsterer Mick Sheridan to produce a piece of furniture covered with my fabric.


Initial thoughts of developing a woven cloth design from my Flooring weight cloth sampling.

Initial thoughts of developing a woven cloth design from my Flooring weight cloth sampling.

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I receive my wool for the Cambrian Mountains Wool Challenge

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I have to make hanks from the supplied cones, ready for dyeing

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Hand-cranked hank winder. I experimented to ensure hanks were of a consistent weight.

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Triskelion Yarns in Carmaerthenshire dyed the hanks to colour match my photographic references.

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The hanks needed to be wound onto cones or balls ready to be put on the loom.

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Making the warp. I made four of these ensuring that the colour changes were correct.

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The warps were transferred to this lovely old 8 shaft countermarch loom and tensioned to the cloth beam.

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Weft colours were wound onto bobbins for the boat shuttles. The width of the fabric was 24 inches.

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The length of the final piece was 6 feet, sufficient for a long bench! The red stripe was designed to appear only on the front edge.

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Mick Sheridan using an electric bread knife to cut foam to size

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Patchworking foam offcuts to cover plywood base

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Covering foam with wadding remnant

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Attaching fabric with electric staple gun, ensuring fabric pattern aligned with edge

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Surplus fabric about to be trimmed

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Neat corner following trimming. The edges will be covered by a lining fabric.

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Recycled fittings for attaching the legs

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Corner edges are hand-sewn to secure them

Bench or footstool for Cambrian Wool Challenge

Completed Footstool for Cambrian Wool Challenge

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