Saturday, June 12, 2010


Rugs shown tied off, ready for fringe finishing technique/tie off


All Warped Art & Design rugs are woven using N.Z. milled commercial pure wool carpet yarn and set on a cotton warp. Durable and purpose made, the designs are original one-off pieces. Commission works can be made to suit your own specific interior design needs.

The hall runner at left was a commission piece made for a client in Tonga, and took approximately 80 hours to complete. Most rug prices range from $350-$1800 depending on length and complexity of design.

Feel free to E.mail me for a virtual catalogue of current rugs I have in stock.


Weaving plain, striped rugs that are balanced and attractive is not as easy as it looks. However anyone with a trained eye will manage, through trial and error or intuition, to create a rug they will be happy with. Usually striped rugs are pre-sketched, coloured and well planned out with designated measurements and proportions set out. However most weavers would not bother to draw up a cartoon for weaving stripes but would weave free-style while following the sketched guide.

This tapa inspired rug is a variation on the striped theme and was also woven free-style (i.e. without the use of a cartoon).

When weaving free-style you are unable to truly predict how successful the final design will be.
As the rug grows it takes on a life of its own so the use of working drawings and a solid understanding of what you are trying to achieve are essential.
While weaving this rug I had several small drawings clipped to the loom. These were constantly used as a point of reference to ensure the end design retained a sense of balance and proportion.

Tapestry Weavings By Stephenie Collin


I hope you find Warped Art & Design both interesting and inspiring, and that it will encourage anyone working with fibre to investigate and experiment further within their chosen field.

The basic loom, which is my tool of trade, has remained technologically unchanged. This aspect appeals to me as I weave contemporary images on a machine of such simple and ancient construction.

And if the loom be silenced,
then needles, threads and fingers
have plenty more to say.

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Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand
I am an artist, weaver, gardener, mother and grandmother, home food gatherer, political sceptic, modest future eater, and much much more.