Weaving In and Out

I woke up one night having dreamt about a particular class in primary school where we were weaving strips of paper to make a basket.  I actually dreamt the sequence where my friend at school at the time Sarah Hill started calling me Susie Bubble…except we were also weaving paper.  It's all a bit fuzzy in the head and I think those two incidents were separate from each other in real life but in my dream, it all came together in some sort of blurred relapse.  Anyway… I wanted to indulge in paper weaving just as something to do without any particular aim/motive.  Kind of like playing around with PVA glue just because I like the way it dries on things and you can peel it off (that sounds less odd than it looks on paper).  I might be the only one. 

Still, in Paperchase the palette of Luella S/S 09 took hold of me and when I get it back and started to weave an undefined rectangle just for the heck of it, I thought I might as well make use of my pointless redux exercise and wrapped it around the waist as a belt along with similarly clashing shades…

Just can't get the colours out of my head…


(Ruffled tiered pink dress, The Lazy Ones orange and pink dress underneath, Gap purple silk vest on top, lavender sheer tights, Miu Miu x Pop shoes)

60 Replies to “Weaving In and Out”

  1. Great idea, Luella SS 09 just…rocked! And I love your shoes.
    Is one of your colleagues at Dazed doing an assignment on teenage bedrooms? Because I saw the listing on Star Now and wondered how to apply?

  2. OMG! That is truly awesome!! You did that? Very cool.
    I think it would be really neat if you did the same with a semi-transparent vinyl in lots of candy colors. πŸ˜€ Then it might last longer as well.
    You’ve got the wheels in my head turning!

  3. Dina: That ad is fake! Don’t respond to her…she’s using the Dazed name under false pretense!
    The Shoe Girl: Yeah, the idea was just to get my weaving fixation out of the way with paper but yeah, could definitely be done with vinyl…would just be pricier….
    Deborah: It’s just paper and yeah I made it…
    Drsalka: I don’t sleep that much/well… hence why I’m always ill…

  4. this gives a whole new meaning to nursery school crafts;) hey, it’s really cool, thin belt on top takes it to another dimention. thx for sharing ur dream, got us all inspired.

  5. Hi! I am a regular follower of your blog. This is the first time I am commenting.
    Where did you get those beautiful shoes from? They are *awesome*. I would LOVE to get something similar for myself. Please do let me know what brand they are. Can’t get those shoes out of my head πŸ™‚

  6. Another great DIY effort! The colours are wonderful & a real pick me up in these times of wintery dark days. Obi belts are hotly tipped as a must have item for S/S 2009 so making this in vinyl or even just a stiff cotton would no doubt earn the creator points for both style & effort. Thanks for being a great inspiration & keep up the awesomely good work!

  7. ooh do it with ribbons! that’d look amazing. would need to weave it over something sturdier of course.
    ps also love peeling off pva glue. especially when you cover your hands in it and pretend you’re peeling off your skin.

  8. ooh ms bubbles you’re really getting into the DIY thing! I’m still sitting here with projects in my head, but no execution..
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  9. I love how you made this colorful belt!
    that’s funny i remembered doing those kind of thing (i don’t know the name: “bricolage” in french…) in primary school too. i had also a game like that with plastic strips… πŸ™‚

  10. THIS is SO fierCe- i love it! i was just thinking about making a big with this same technique..love your entire look here.
    have a great daY

  11. hello- love the look
    quick quest.- i remember coming across one of the many blogs of yours regarding the fashion designer team SANS…i can’t seem to find them again and i was wondering if you knew where they were located? i can’t find if they are from the US (which is doubt) or europe…i remember hearing something about them being german but not too sure. help?? πŸ™‚

  12. LOVE IT! I love weaving, and the colours are just gorgeous! I’ve been meaning to make something similar with wide ribbons, but paper? A touch of genius! πŸ™‚

  13. That is so cute! Would be fantastic with ribbons either.
    That is a great summery looking outfit such a boost from all the grey and grim winter drear we are having at the moment.

  14. It’s so pretty! The structure of the belt actually reminds me of something I’d see worn with a kimono.(I don’t know what they’re called, but they pretty much are a wide balt with a rope tied in the middle of it.) This should definately be done with a mix of floral silk ribbons and pastels.

  15. As far as I can remember this is my first comment here, but I have to say : I’m in fashion school and I just made a skirt with this exact belt. Now I can say : “Susie Bubble and I probably made this the same day, across the freakin sea!” I think it’ll had just a little somethin somethin to it, and make me a superstar, since you have a big fan base at my school!
    Le CloβˆšΓ†tre

  16. I love how the colors create a pixel’d effect. Could be an interesting post-project, planning out and custom-coloring each piece of weave to end up with an image!!

  17. That looks fantastic!
    It’s interesting, in the long shot it looks like it’s material… Or maybe I just expect it to look more like paper..? I can’t really put it into words, I think I expected it to stand out and look more contrasting but it really works well.
    (BTW – I used to love any opportunity to play with the glue guns at school so I could peel the drying glue off of things and explore the look of it as it set. So it’s not just you! We also discovered that PVA can be used to make cheap zombie make up effects last year.. You probably didn’t need to know that though)

  18. I love that colour pattern and that’s just an awesome DIY! I’d be a bit scared to wear it when I was going to eat though, it probably would burst on me after lunch :D. But this weave might work for a clutch or something too.
    Did you add the text after you published the pictures? Odd that so many people ask questions that are stated in your post already.

  19. that looks great. the whole outift does. it’s funny at the craft store where i work part-time the GIANT centerpiece heart for the Valentine window is woven paper. crafty misappropriation. i love it. it’s in my Flickr stream if you want a peak, it’s still just in progress.
    p.s. and Happy New Year Miss Bubble!

  20. I love the colours.
    It’s funny, when I did a fashion design course, one of the things we did to get ourselves in creative mode was weaving paper. One of my favourite bits of the course.

  21. Strangely enough, I feel like this is a really toned-down version of a Susie outfit. Still fantastic though, of course. πŸ™‚
    And I feel you on the whole (fashion-related) idea taking hold of your thoughts…

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