OCA Textiles 3 Sustaining My Practice-Assignment 1

Exercise 2 Tools- Some of My Favourite Things

Gillian Morris Student No. 511388

Tapestry Weaving Tools

Assorted wooden and cardboard tools including an example of one of my smaller weaving frames for passementerie weaving. Increased stock of weaving shuttles, bobbins, and beaters dependent upon the scale of the work and the materials used including cord, rope, and cables. All valued and used.

Assorted accessories for tapestry weaving, passementerie weaving including wooden tapestry beaters. With an increased range and scale of tools this has enabled me to achieve a greater variety of textile work.
Assorted accessories for tapestry weaving, passementerie weaving including wooden tapestry beaters. With an increased range and scale of tools this has enabled me to achieve a greater variety of textile work.
Selection of Wooden Tapestry Bobbins for winding yarns and threads round for Gobelin-Style Tapestry Weaving. Collections of bobbins for different types of weaving with different types of materials.
Assorted wooden tapestry bobbins are beautiful items in themselves, they are indispensable to the tapestry weaving process and close relationships are established with each one while in use as held continuously through the creative process.
Some of my favourite tapestry bobbins…they are regarded as old friends now as they have been known for so many years with considerable contact. When weaving it is like a partnership between me, the materials, and the tools in use.
Some of my favourite tapestry bobbins…they are regarded as old friends now as they have been known for so many years with considerable contact. When weaving it is like a partnership between me, the materials, and the tools in use.
Some of my favourite tapestry bobbins…they are regarded as old friends now as they have been known for so many years with considerable contact. When weaving it is like a partnership between me, the materials, and the tools in use.
Different-weighted tapestry bobbins made from a range of wood and different shapes-sizes. The pointed end is used to part the warp threads and weave the weft over and under the warp and to push down (or beat) the row of woven yarn. The weft yarn is wrapped around the handle and unwound as the weaving grows.
An example of tapestry weaving frames within my collection-most of them are hand-made to fit purpose and the specifics of the textile work. Many are old picture frames with no nails or made up from specially purchased wood like a picture frame especially if added strength is required if larger scale.
An example of tapestry weaving frames within my collection-most of them are hand-made to fit purpose and the specifics of the textile work. Many are old picture frames with no nails or made up from specially purchased wood like a picture frame especially if added strength is required if larger scale.
Assortment of Tapestry Weaving Frames for a Range of Weaving Projects including Sampling Processes
Assortment of Tapestry Weaving Frames for a Range of Weaving Projects including Sampling Processes
A selection of tapestry weaving frames of varying sizes are regularly used to enable experimentation with warp, weft, weave, threads, and technique. Most frames are home-made and adapted to suit the tapestry weaving project so personalised to suit. Often off cuts, remnants, and reused wood, MDF and marine plywood is used to prevent waste.
Ashford Tapestry Weaving Loom for Gobelin Tapestry Weaving (As illustrated behind). The loom has a weaving width of 103cm and length of 73cm. The revolving frame on the floor stand provides quick, easy warping with adjustable tensioning. The variable height settings and pivot action allows the frame to rest against the knees and the second shed is made by attaching leashes to a heddle rod and continuous warp allows the weaving length to be doubled. While not used very often I aim to use the tapestry weaving loom as much as possible once work commitments lessen and I have more free time to dedicate to textiles.
Aluminium Screens (Various Sizes) with a range of mesh sizes stretched to suit printmaking processes
Screen Printing Wash Out Bay/Burco Steamer for fixing (with spin dryer/washing machine and fan heaters) are functional equipment but nevertheless imperative to the quality of the print and achieving the desired effects.
Screen Printing Wash Out Bay/Burco Steamer for fixing (with spin dryer/washing machine and fan heaters) are functional equipment but nevertheless imperative to the quality of the print and achieving the desired effects.

A range of squeegees are readily available at the Wasps Factory in Glasgow although I am in the process of developing my own print studio at home to incorporate screen printing. The wooden squeegees are preferred for purchase, to exert the right degrees of pressure and for durability.


The exposure unit is vital for screen printing to transfer the artwork imagery onto the screen through use of printed, drawn, or masked off acetate film or polyester drafting film like Kodatrace. The screen is coated with a photographic chemical solution that is sensitive to light known as photo- emulsion. When the light hits the screen, black and opaque areas of the image block light resulting in the emulsion washing out from the mesh which then becomes the printable area. The screen-printing exposure units at the Wasps Factory in Glasgow comprises both an ultraviolet (UVA) light source and a vacuum frame. This all-in-one unit ensures the light source sits underneath thick glass, with the screen positioned on top. The hinged lid closes over the screen and a vacuum pump expels the air, which sucks the top down over the screen to ensure sufficient contact is made between the screen to secure the image is fully and accurately developed onto the screen.

Above. Exposure Unit Below. Screen-printing Print Table-Metal Framework with screws bolted on top and a stretched under-blanket is covered with a layer of neoprene for the perfect print surface

Manufactured in any size up to 20m x 1.5m table size
High quality linen backed specialist neoprene top skin covering a fine wool felt underlay
Rigid angle iron framework with suitable print table support to ensure flatness

Mixed Print Making Tools

Heat Transfer Printing Press which has been used alongside other hand printmaking methods including original artwork using linocut printmaking and collagraph printing for mixed media work to enable the transfer and layering of a range of imagery from various sources. Also, a much-cherished old hand printing relief press has been in frequent use for many years to print smaller scale work as it is so solid, reliable, and consistent.

Takach Floor Model Etching Press, Intaglio Printmaking Press and the Etching Press 500 HD at Forth Valley College of Further & Higher Education, Print Studio for community access for larger-scale work.
Takach Floor Model Etching Press, Intaglio Printmaking Press and the Etching Press 500 HD at Forth Valley College of Further & Higher Education, Print Studio for community access for larger-scale work.
Assortment of Metal and Plastic Needles for Varied Use including small scale tapestry weaving instead of tapestry bobbins dependent upon the tension requirements, scale of tapestry weaving and Threads Per Inch.
Assortment of Metal and Plastic Needles for Varied Use including small scale tapestry weaving instead of tapestry bobbins dependent upon the tension requirements, scale of tapestry weaving and Threads Per Inch.
Mix of sewing tools for embrodery, tapestry, sewing, repair work, finishing off, mixed media projects using different materials and layers of printed textiles.
Scissors, Scissors and More Scissors for hand embroidery, tapestry, free machine embroidery, tapestry weaving, sewing, artwork, collage work, and for more general use within hand printmaking processes.
Scissors, Scissors and More Scissors for hand embroidery, tapestry, free machine embroidery, tapestry weaving, sewing, artwork, collage work, and for more general use within hand printmaking processes.
Scissors, Scissors and More Scissors for hand embroidery, tapestry, free machine embroidery, tapestry weaving, sewing, artwork, collage work, and for more general use within hand printmaking processes.
Toyota Sewing machine with accessories used for general repair, sewing and machine embroidery work
Favourite type of free machine embroidery foot attachment-Universal fit accessory which helps to stabilise the material and hold the material in place while sewing.
Sewing Machine Accessories including a range of universal presser foots, needles, machine embroidery hoops
Sewing Machine Accessories including a range of universal presser foots, needles, machine embroidery hoops
Sewing Machine Accessories including a range of universal presser foots, needles, machine embroidery hoops
Mixed Hand Embroidery Accessories including Hoops-Various Dimensions, Sizes, Tensions for Different Materials and Purposes. Sewing Accessories-Quick Unpick, Crochet hooks, and Numerous Needles for weaving
Mixed Hand Embroidery Accessories including Hoops-Various Dimensions, Sizes, Tensions for Different Materials and Purposes. Sewing Accessories-Quick Unpick, Crochet hooks, and Numerous Needles for weaving

A selection of crochet hooks including my favourite Pony and Prym bamboo crochet hooks, from lightweight metal Pony crochet hooks to ergonomic soft grip handle hooks, aluminium/stainless steel, and chunky jumbo wooden DMC hooks. My collection of knitting needles includes more traditional aluminium knitting needles which have been well used over the years to more modern alternatives which I now have a greater tendency to use including plastic or/and bamboo knitting needles.

An example of a range of paint brushes for multiple use including drawing, sketching, painting, and collage using oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, and textile paints.
An example of a range of paint brushes for multiple use including drawing, sketching, painting, and collage using oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, and textile paints.
An example of a range of paint brushes for multiple use including drawing, sketching, painting, and collage using oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, and textile paints.
An example of a range of paint brushes for multiple use including drawing, sketching, painting, and collage using oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, and textile paints.
An example of a range of paint brushes for multiple use including drawing, sketching, painting, and collage using oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, and textile paints.
An example of a range of paint brushes for multiple use including drawing, sketching, painting, and collage using oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache, and textile paints.
Staedtler Noris Pencils/ Varied Range of Graphite Pencils including Charcoal Sticks, Pencils, and Inks
Staedtler Noris Pencils/ Varied Range of Graphite Pencils including Charcoal Sticks, Pencils, and Inks
Coloured Pencils of Felissimo/ Full Range of Coloured Markers for Sketching, Drawing and Collage Work
Coloured Pencils of Felissimo/ Full Range of Coloured Markers for Sketching, Drawing and Collage Work
Black Markers- Key tool including the Uni Pin in a variety of sizes for very precise and detailed work. Ideal for artwork, sketches, stencils, collage work and more technical drawing for screen printing and tapestry weaving.
For multiple home use HP PC and Canon Maxify MB5150 Ink Jet Printer alongside laptop and IPad for imagery compilation, manipulation, transfer, storage including design work for Ink Jet Printing from Photoshop and from a range of original artwork. The scanner is invaluable for the transfer of artwork imagery for screen printing.
Epsom Workforce Printer WF-2630 for multiple use but primarily used for heat transfer printing and related project work.
Absolute necessity- My Samsung Mobile for Collection, Storage and Transfer of Imagery, for Research and for Follow up on a Range of Online Sites including Instagram and Facebook

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