a Japanese grain storage bag – tsuno-bukuro – is stitched from long, narrow fabric on the bias
intrigued with the folding I made a small paper pattern – I’ve never held one – so this may be original
traditional grain bags are longer, and often dyed with kakishibu, this is the fabric left on the end of the sample warpi
the seams are herringbone stitched with indigo dyed thrums
in Japanese “tsuno” means horn and the bag is also known as a horn bag, the ends of the fabric stick up in points
on this bag I have left them and the back fabric folds over the front piece to close the bag
I’m thinking of becoming a bag lady – after receiving the bill for this year’s property tax it may become a reality! I could put wheels on a table loom and go live on the street corner. Dyeing might be a problem.
somewhere, in my research I read that it is possible to dye silk black by dyeing with logwood and chestnut with an iron modifier
well, not quite! or at least it takes more work but the taupe-y brown is very nice
and the purple – murasaki – is to dye for
once I get dyeing it is hard to stop
the yellow was dyed with something? natural and then top dyed with indigo = green
and I’m spinning paper, dyed last summer with kakishibu
the “Someday Project” was a motivating decision
the first warp is off the loom
I varied the tie-up thread pattern in each sample
from left to right the wefts are; linen, paper, Merino, cotton/synthetic blend boucle dyed a light indigo and bottom right is silk covered stainless steel
with the exception of the wool they all had 8 dips in the indigo vat, the wool was dyed in logwood with an alum mordant
the linen gave the clearest pattern, the wool has retained some of the gathering texture, but not as much as I had hoped.
The stainless steel/silk was the finest weft and the material is light and feels like linen . It holds the shape when squished up but smooths out again when handled. I was excited about the possibilities of this yarn, it is expensive, but now I’m not sure where to take it from here.
I decided to change the linen warp yarn (it kept breaking) for the final yard. Replacing it with a 16/2 indigo dyed cotton. The process was rather messy but it worked.
the final piece will get stitched into a little bag.
on to the next sample warp
in the meantime I’m dyeing.
the azalea, “Mt. Saint Helens’ has erupted
but work must go on
making a travel journal
using a commercial envelope as a pattern I make small envelopes and stitch them into center pages of 2 or 3 signatures. They keep those odd scraps of paper safe until you can do something creative with them. I include graph paper and velum pages and sometimes city maps.
a good paper-cutter speeds the process, a gift from a thoughtful son
the covers are bookboard covered with fabric – woven, stitched and dyed with kakishibu
signature covers are old marine charts alternating with cotton dye samples
I apply a very light, paper-backed double-sided adhesive to the fabric, a light mulberry paper to the other side and then use the fabric just like paper.
evenings, when I’m too tired to do anything else, I spin – silk/cashmere blend spun on the Turkish spindle and plied on the wheel with a gossamer fine reeled silk. You can almost hear the angels singing!
over years of textile/fibre pursuits many ideas-techniques-designs have piqued my interest
but there is never enough time!
and so they have been relegated to notebooks, scraps of paper and “someday”
Someday Has Come!!
I’ve decided to spend some time exploring those elusive ideas
starting with more woven shibori
warp threads are natural dyes from the endless beige colour range – cotton, cotton/hemp blend and bleached linen
the weft in the foreground is silk and next is shifu thread spun from Japanese washi
the shibori draw-up pattern is a variation of the Summer and Winter pattern from Catharine Ellis’ book,
I cut off and dyed the first sample with a linen weft to see if the results were worth continuing
four dips in the vat
I’ve been stirring, feeding and talking to my outdoor indigo vat, it has not really been warm enough but this weekend we are experiencing a record-breaking heat wave
this sample has been dipped 8 times, more samples to come!
at night, I spin. The yak/silk blend is as soft as a cloud and the blanket is finished.
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it is not as long as I had planned but sometimes common sense tells you to quit while you are ahead
the pattern is log cabin with four colours
the white thick and thin yarn looks like ikat
the twisted fringes will take some time
in 40 years of weaving I’ve never stopped experimenting – never settled down to one technique or style
these yarns were heavier than I generally use, all commercial yarns and chemical dyes
the weaving was the full width of my loom – 40 inches
it is good to learn something new!
I like fine yarns, handspun, natural dyes and narrower widths
there is going to be a bumper crop of rhubarb this year
yesterday I visited the studio of a favorite potter, Cathi Jefferson
I’d been saving my pennies for a birthday treat
the colours of Cathi’s salt fired stoneware pottery are perfect with kakishibu dyes
on the way up Island we stopped to visit Whippletree Junction
and Leola’s weaving studio
flowers were blooming everywhere, even in the teapot garden
and now it is time to settle down and do some work