Wendy Elizabeth Exclusive Designs in Knotted Art
Over the many years I have been tying knots, either through commissions or my addiction to knot tying, my repertoire has become vast. Too numerous to catalogue effectively I thought a gallery section might be a good idea. Several of the items come with me to form part of the exhibit for my talks enabling the audience to get a close look and even try them on.
The items displayed are available as commission orders, however the nettle top and the shawl in Soay and Mouflon wool are subject to yarn availability. Please contact me for further details should you be interested.
21st Century Bronze Age Wear
Inspired by my time at Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre in Peterborough, England, I have created a range of clothing with a Bronze Age style but which is also suitable for 21st century fashion.
Knots have been tied since the Stone Age and knotted clothing and fabric was part of Bronze Age life. Archaeological evidence has been found to support knotted clothing. Using common knots that were known at the time my designs are interpretations of what could have been made. As tying knots has changed little in technique my experimentation became whether frames would have been used to support the work. My conclusion being yes, just I use a framework today for any large cumbersome piece. Macramé, as it is called now, is a very portable craft and can mostly be done on the lap, which is how I did all but the cotton shawl. Cotton is not European Bronze Age but at the time of making the shawl very little other natural fibre was available, however, that has all changed thanks to resurgence in natural fibres. So another experiment involved working with fibres that would have been in use during the Bronze Age, wool, flax and nettle. All are wonderful mediums to work with. I am especially enamoured of the nettle and am now producing my own yarn from nettles cut at Flag Fen. Lime tree bast was also used to make cloth. An experiment for the future!
It takes me over 40 hours to hand tie thousands of knots into a shawl (approximately 5000 in the wool)
I designed and knotted this shawl during re-
Knotted in a patchwork style design, made with soft cotton string and wood beads. Superb for cool summer evenings, or cold winter nights.
An amazingly comfortable garment to wear. Cool in the heat and warm in the cold. The colours are natural to the nettle. The buttons are hollowed out acorns.
When I first took up macramé over 40 years ago, I saw a picture in a book of a Chinese mask made of knots. I liked it so much I attempted to make a similar one (there was no pattern).Over the years many people have remarked on it and have received many commissions from it however, It has much improved since my first attempt! Each one I make has a unique difference tailored to its new owner.
Inspiration for this sculpture came from the helmet found at the Saxon burial site in Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England. Working only from pictures of the helmet and using my own imagination, I designed and created this macramé version of the decorative artefact; achieving the patterning by using various types of knots.
Inspiration for this bag came one autumn, when the leaves were falling from the tree outside my kitchen window. The size and shape of the leaf was perfect for creating the evening bag I had in mind. Fully lined with a press stud fastening the Leaf bag is great for summer use, but I use mine all year round. Made in cotton string it has a delicate narrow strap. Size; Length 203mm (8") Width 241mm (9.5")
For the Flag fen tour guides to use and contains Bronze Age implements and fibres etc, and a sword. Made using the needle hitching technique