Tuesday 17 June 2014

A Treasure for Rangi Ruru

As promised, here are some pictures of Peg's presentation to Rangi Ruru school. Thanks to Neil Macbeth who took these photos and to Andrea Innes for sending them.

The opening ceremony
The Blessing of the weaving.
Peg's daughter Gendy (in the red coat) and her God-daughter Carol
attended the ceremony with her.
Sir Tipene O'Regan and School Principal Julie Moor with Peg
The culmination of many weeks' worth of planning, weaving, wrapping 
and enjoying being creative.
Well done Peg! What's next?

Wednesday 11 June 2014

All is Revealed

The secret is out! The work that Peg has been putting so much effort into over recent weeks can now be revealed. It is a hanging for Rangi Ruru school where Peg was educated, planned to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the school.
The finished work, the full length of Peg's work table

Using her tried and true construction method Peg has used the cloak form
which has worked so well for her in the past

The warp is a fine white merino wool, the weft, which emerges to become the long drapes,
is unspun pure silk fibre

A close up of the woven heading which is embellished with just a tiny amount of sparkle
The long strands of silk sliver are bound and secured with fine ribbons, complementing the sheen of the silk

Peg attended the anniversary celebrations right from the start of the dawn ceremony and didn't miss anything. Not bad for a lady who is to celebrate her 97th birthday on 9 July! She made a speech to the girls and unveiled the hanging to the delight of all present. Hopefully for the next post we will have a photo of Peg making the presentation and also the hanging in place.