The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Nebula shawl symbolises the birth of a star out of stardust from an old star. At the end of a star's life, it collapses and explodes into a supernova. The remaining cloud of dust contains the building blocks for new stars and planets. This dust cloud is called a nebula. Gravitational differences within the nebula cause parts of the nebula to clump together. These precursors of stars and planets grow to full-sized celestial bodies, a proces that formed the inspiration for the Nebula shawl.
Sometimes things just happen to come together. In late spring 2020, I combined three things to create a new project: the rainbow blanket.
When I got my first loom, I had been crocheting for a couple of years already. In fact, I got inspired to give weaving a try on a yarn fair I attended to serve my crochet yarn needs. I tried out several of my favorite crochet yarns on my rigid heddle loom with different rates of success. This taught me that I could weave wonderful kitchen towels with unmercerized crochet cotton. My habit of weaving crochet cotton towels continued after I obtained my floor loom.
When experimenting with new yarn, you have no guarantee that the end-result will meet your expectations. Sometimes you need a little outside encouragement to try something you doubt will work, only to find out that the end-result is far better than you could ever expect.
Each project has a different origins story. Some start with a concept, some start with a technique. These two shawls started with three balls of cotton/bamboo yarn in beautifully muted colors.