I am a textile designer, weaver researcher and educator. This is a blog about my work in progress and things that inspire me. For weaving lessons, questions or just to say hi please don't hesitate to get in contact. You can see my website here http://www.juliastreou.com/

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I am adding a new series of handbags on my Etsy shop. This handwoven clutch bag is based on a vintage Art deco fabric. I used a variety of threads, from mercerised cottons to shiny thick rayon ribbons, which are in woven and tied at specific places to give an interesting texture. The resulting shapes are triangular and rhomboid and are formed after manually counting threads, a slow and time-consuming procedure! You can see the listing here. 

I am happy to announce that you can now purchase a €50 gift voucher for your friends from my Etsy shop. If you are looking for a handwoven present for your friends, you can purchase a gift voucher instead and they can choose for themselves!  

I have also added a listing for the sisal set of a placemat and six coasters which you can see here, as well as another slight variation of the set which you can see here.  

I will be running a four-day weaving workshop from the 15th until the 28th of August. The workshop will be for beginners or anyone wishing to refresh the basics. We will focus on learning traditional ‘Phyti’ (you can see a colourful example above) and ‘Asproploumia’ designs, in an attempt to save these designs from extinction since traditional weaving is slowly dying out!  The cost  is €150 (incl. a €50 deposit to secure a place). If you are interested don’t hesitate to contact me at jastreou@yahoo.com.   

Summer sale is on at the workshop and online shop! You can take a look at the sale items here. All pieces are of high quality (as always!) but since I have way too many designs, I am trying to reduce them for practical reasons! Hope there is something you like! 

Last week I participated, along with 7 more selected artists, in a painting plein air at Lazania Village, which was organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts and Lazania’s Community Group for Initiative and Solidarity.

Lazania Village, a remote peaceful village in the mountains, offered inspiring views that fuelled our creativity. These past 6 days gave everyone the opportunity to come together, get to know one another and make new friendships - something which does not happen as often as we’d like in our every day routine.

The plein air was concluded with an exhibition of all the artists and the works they produced during their stay at the village. It’s amazing to see how productive those days were!