Making a basket is probably the oldest weaving method that goes back thousands of years. Young branches and strong grasses were used to make small handy baskets for hunting, fishing, carrying, and storing items. Weaving baskets was a quick way to produce the tool when needed and with materials available nearby. Over the centuries, making process and materials became more sophisticated and designs more intricate.
Braids are a byway of weaving. One of the many journeys weavers can go on. In amongst tying knots and intertwining yarn, we use braids to embellish our unique woven textiles. Weaving braids is addictive, puzzle-like and absorbing. Whether it’s for a trim, edge finish or a closure, braiding techniques are an essential tool in a weaver’s skill box.
Weaving is an ancient textile art and craft that involves placing two sets of threads or yarn called the warp and weft of the loom and turning them into cloth. This cloth can be plain (in one color or a simple pattern), or it can be woven in decorative or artistic designs, including tapestries.
Lia Cook’s extraordinary textile works are valued among collectors and Museums as the most exciting in her genre. Lia’s newest works include Dollface. When woven into this large scale, a kind of alchemy takes place in which the image comes to life, innocent but somehow menacing or even accusing in a way that ceaselessly fascinating.