Weaving the Landscape

Crafts are always a big part of island life. I bring lots of materials and then sit back and see where things go. The last time we went out the girls made lots of sea glass jewelry which I still wear. Weaving was the passion this year.


They began by just weaving little bags. They quickly wove them, felted them, and turned them into special cases to hold the perfect stones from thunder hole.

Hels became inspired to make wall hangings out of yarn and nature. Nels helped her make the frames out of sticks and driftwood. She used yarn for the warp and then seaweed, feathers, goldenrod, shells, and trash for the weft.

Here is the start of a small one.

Mid-day over the meadow


This Morning's Beach


Moonlight over the ocean

I'm enjoying my new porch decorations!

Moonlight over the ocean is my favorite although I was proud of her for thinking about the trash and making a comment about it through art.

Tammy  – (August 20, 2008 at 9:44 PM)  

Those are some of the prettiest works of art I've ever seen. Please tell the girls how beautiful they are from me! You have completely inspired me. We have a weaving kit somewhere in the schoolroom that has never been opened. I want to take the girls somewhere "naturey" soon and collect some items for them to use in weaving.

Just beautiful!!!!!! :)

Dawn  – (August 20, 2008 at 10:30 PM)  

I love those wall hangings..how incredibly creative! I'm going to show my daughter and hope she'll be inspired.

Tara  – (August 21, 2008 at 7:01 AM)  

I love anything with fibers. Those are wonderful. I think it's really great that Hels was able to take trash from the beach and repurpose it in such a beautiful way. Please give my best to the artists!

Teaching Handwork  – (August 21, 2008 at 7:40 AM)  

I love it!!!!! we will be weaving this year with 3rd grade....can't wait!

Yarrow  – (August 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM)  

How beautiful. We enjoy nature weavings too. And had lots of fun doing them. Thanks for the ideas.Blessings.

denise  – (August 23, 2008 at 7:24 PM)  

We love weaving too - so much fun. I love all of the different materials and organic feel and textures. Lovely!

Gayle –   – (May 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM)  

This would be great for church camp. The campers could collect things on a nature walk. Thank the girls for m.

Mrsblocko  – (May 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM)  

My daughter and I made a weaving like this early this spring (see here) Thank you so much for the great idea!

Pebblekeeper ~ Angie  – (July 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM)  

Fantastic, I am so inspired1 We live on the lake a mile from the beach. This is an excellent activity, not only for our boys but for visiting guests. Thank you so much for sharing a few of your creations!

Terri Harris  – (November 24, 2014 at 6:44 AM)  

Beautiful and creative work your girls are doing. I wonder if either of them would have any interest in Needleweaving, an art form developed by Helen Banes. I learned this technique almost 20 years ago and it is a very versatile fiber art. They can check some of my woven necklaces out at www.theravenscache.shutterfly.com I can recommend two books that can get them started and would be happy to give any guidance I could. I can be contacted through the website.

resep kue  – (November 28, 2015 at 2:23 AM)  

The article is very interesting and nice, I hope you can also visit my website to thank you!

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