Weaving with Waste

Using re-cycled and 'found' materials challenges and ignites my creativity as well as being good for the planet. Any material which is flexible and strong, and can be cut into strips, can be used for weaving, creating a fun, strong and pleasing new fabric.

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Basket made from plastic bags. It is lin

This pretty bag is made from coloured plastic bags

My shopping bag is made from the waste 'colour print film' in a supermarket photo print service.

This 'beach bag' was made from fisherman's string washed up on the beach in Devon.

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This bag is made from baler twine and yarn

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This cosy fire-side rug is woven from old T-shirts and left-over yarns.

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These colourful wall hangings were woven on my 8-shaft loom, using plastics, left-over Christmas ribbons and paper, and yarn, in a 'double weave' technique. 

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This lampshade is made from phone and head phone cable (including ear pieces!) and foam packaging

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This lampshade is made from clear and coloured plastics, beads, foam, and old Christmas tree light cable.

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 A recent project has encouraged me to experiment weaving with lots of different waste materials. The results have been really exciting, giving new textures, and colour combinations, and it's all eco-friendly. As well as making bags, lamp shades and lots of samples, I've even made a new outfit for Christmas.

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The raw materials

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'Weaving with Waste' on the loom

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Beads and chain, soft foam and clear plastic

Dress fabric strips with beads

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Ribbon with bows and clear plastic

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Hessian coffee sack with foil

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A wall hanging using all sorts of black, white and red materials