Thursday, April 14, 2016


For those of you who have no idea what a Paula shell loom may be, here are a couple of images taken from a recent day of play, making brooches.
Linen warp, silk slub, cotton, fine copper wire and feathers.
Of course the problem is that the weaving looks so cute in-situ, that no one wants to cut them off the shell when they are finished weaving. These shells grow to quite good sizes in the colder waters of the NZ coastline.

I will be running a community workshop next Saturday at the Franklin Art Gallery in Pukekohe. Give Nansi a ring at the gallery to book a spot. It is free to attend, and there is a morning and an afternoon time slot available.


  1. A woman after my own heart! Wonderful what can become a loom

    1. Indeedy. No limitations, no and adventure.

  2. I have never seen a shell used as a loom although I have seen weaving done on shells, check out
    Lovely little weavings.

    1. Do like the little sea water rusted objects on hand wovens of hers, so was good to pop into her site and view the woven limpet shells. The paua shell (abalone) looms are intense enough to weave on so I can not imagine doing work as fine and small as the ones she used on the limpet shells. My intent when doing the shell weaving above is to broaden perspectives on what constitutes a loom. Regards S


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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