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Maryanne Moodie · Woven Tapestries

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 11th March 2013

Clever crafter Maryanne Moodie in her Abbotsford home studio. Photo – Brooke Holm.

Woven tapestries by Maryanne Moodie. Photo – Brooke Holm.

Maryanne in action!  Photo – Brooke Holm.

Maryanne weaving.  Photo – Brooke Holm.

Woven tapestries by Maryanne Moodie.  Photo – Brooke Holm.

Today’s post comes to us via INSTAGRAM. Gosh. It’s awful isn’t it. There are just no more hidden secrets in the world anymore because everything is on there! Lisa and I saw Maryanne Moodie‘s incredible woven tapestries on there a month or two ago, and of course it wasn’t long before we stalked her for a little TDF feature! We were delighted to find that Ms Moodie is not only one super clever crafty lass, but also a bit of a mini internet entrepreneur too! Allow me to explain.

Melbourne-based Maryanne Moodie has a bit of a cult following on Facebook, where she is best known as House of Maryanne Vintage. She sources the cutest vintage clothes, shoots rather impressive styled ‘lookbooks’ of all her finds, and sells them all through Facebook! Purchases are usually made simply by commenting ‘SOLD’ on whatever takes your fancy – before someone else nabs it! How amazing! People go nuts for it. Jump on it, people – such a simple, cleverly executed idea.

But today we’d like to share Maryanne’s more recent creative endeavours, namely, these incredible woven tapestries she’s been making, since the birth of her son Murray!

‘When I was pregnant, I started to slow down. I thought a lot about appreciating the small things and figuring out how to make life simpler. I had a loom on the shelf, but it wasn’t until Murray was born that I took it down and started creating. I suddenly had time to sit and relax when Murray was sleeping, and weaving seemed like the perfect thing to pick up and put down easily’ says Maryanne of her new found obsession.

An art teacher by trade, Maryanne taught herself the basics, with a few helpful pointers from talented friends. ‘My favourite part is spanning the loom’ explains Maryanne, ‘a fresh start, where anything is possible. Sometimes I make a little plan but mostly I just have a vague idea and let the piece form organically as I go’. It takes about two days to finish a new piece.

Maryanne’s creations can be spotted in a few shops and creative spaces around town – ‘I have so many clever friends, it was easy to create pieces for them – I made one inspired by Kuwaii’s latest collection, Cecilia Fox’s flower shop, Limedrop’s colours, and for New Day Rising Cafe’ she says.

Maryanne’s tapestries are currently sold on a commission basis, if you would like to get in touch, you can contact her directly via email here!

Maryanne’s loom.  Photo – Brooke Holm.

Maryanne’s workspace.  Photo – Brooke Holm.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 11th March 2013

39 comments

  • Leah 3 years ago

    Need one! Beautiful work

  • Kath W 3 years ago

    Very sweet and enterprising.

  • Pooja 3 years ago

    Beautiful patterns & colours!!!

  • Jade 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful. Love.

  • Amelia 3 years ago

    Really nice pieces.
    I too have a loom and have made a small rug for besides my little girls play crib, for her baby dolls.
    Great fun. Will get another piece on the go now I have remembered I have the loom again !
    Love the ultra violet colours… my favourite colours to work with.
    Must do more of this type of work as it truly is easy to pick up and put down again.
    My daughter has a smaller version and she still has to finish her first piece.
    Tomorrow’s home school agenda reveals itself !
    Love
    Amelia

  • Architectonista 3 years ago

    There is so much craft in these! I just wanted to drop by to tell you I’ve nominated your blog for the Inspiring Blog Award! You can visit http://architectonista.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/inspiring-blog-award/ to see a post about it. Thanks!

  • Melissa 3 years ago

    That’s crazy. I was just on instagram like 10 minutes ago, and discovered her. I thought to muself, “this girl is good”. now i opened up my bloglovin’ feed and your this was the first post. really loving it! thanks for the post

  • Melinda 3 years ago

    Smitten. What beautiful work. I feel a new craft trend happening. Imagine a really big one. Thank you for sharing Maryanne’s story, so very inspiring.

  • margie 3 years ago

    So lovely. Thanks TDF xo

  • Charlene 3 years ago

    Nice to see another ‘Weaver’ creating lovely pieces.
    It’s amazing what you can create with a simplest of weave structures and a beater!
    Keep it up… xox

  • evie 3 years ago

    Love! How good is Maryanne’s intagram feed. I love seeing glimpses of here woven work especially. Thanks so much TDF for showing us more!

  • Christine 3 years ago

    Already Maryanne is my style icon! Truly like what she does! Thanks for this lovely tip TDF!.. x

  • Kylie Garner 3 years ago

    LOVE. These tapestries are just beautiful! I have the perfect place for one on my wall.

  • marine 3 years ago

    Nice!
    Remind me a lot the artist Mimi Jung from Brook and Lyn http://brookandlyn.com/artobjects/index.html

  • Greenwood's Home 3 years ago

    These are absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing such amazing talent.

  • Annie Louis 3 years ago

    Woven tapestries are indeed a beautiful way of decorating plain walls. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Clea 3 years ago

    Wow! Maryanne is such a talented lady!

  • Bec 3 years ago

    Love the tapestries; taking the time to make something so unique, that looks so homely and cute AND can be bought on Facebook is so rare

  • ejorpin 3 years ago

    I’ve been admiring/lusting after these on Instagram for awhile too. Amazing work Maryanne!

  • Diana 2 years ago

    where can I buy the loom?

  • Elizabeth Day 2 years ago

    I received one of your looms for Christmas. I have been searching on how to use it. Is there any place I can go can to look and find out how to use it, I could use any help you can give me, Thank You

  • Tanja 1 year ago

    Where can i buy one??

  • F 4 months ago

    What is the name and brand of that loom?

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