it has been an event-full week
without any notice the kitchen plumbing became BLOCKED
at least the plumber came quickly – and was good
all the pipes needed replacing – yikes!
the same day the computer died – well it is 11 years old – and they don’t make them to last!!
and then the gas fireplace decided to join the plumbing and the computer
I had an old aunt who firmly believed that “things” came in threes
hope she was right
meanwhile, progress on the fibre front
the lining was turned to the front and hand stitched to finish the edge
and at tea and tell, more tea towels
they will definitely brighten the morning clean-up
a new computer is on its way, son Paul is saving the old “stuff”
hopefully this one will keep working and it won’t take me forever to figure out how to use the new programs!!!
see you later
Shifu – Japanese handmade paper and paper thread
beautifully presented, a book that feels good to simply hold
with a full-sized page of handmade Japanese paper
a small book, only 87 pages, written in English and Japanese
filled with clear, concise information and excellent photos
I ordered my book from
shop manager June Lee was very helpful
the cover price was $32.00 + tax Canadian and postage was minimal
compared to $45.00 in the U.S. with a hefty postage charge
I read it (the English!) in one sitting and then sat and hugged it
thank you Hiroko-san for sharing this wonderful technique with the world.
now I’m off to spend my pension on paper!!
a happy student makes for a happy teacher
Elaine can see the pattern
then a walk through town – before the rain and wind caught us
and then the rain came – and hasn’t stopped for three days.
the sixth and seventh panels are almost finished
center blocks are made up of pieces from other panels
corner blocks are woven warp shibori
now I’m trying to decide if I’ll put on a narrow warp and weave a border?
each little blossom makes a difference
I couldn’t resist the big one but the two on the left are impostors – plastic!
it’s the time of year to catch up on some reading
49 wild and wonderful lessons to take you back to the freedom of childhood
(that’s one of mine on the left)
“Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder – I started this a few years ago and never finished it
now my 9-year-old granddaughter is reading it in her advanced reading class
this time I managed to get through it – whatever is the teacher thinking?
“The Japanese Bath” by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto
just because the pictures are wonderful
a mesmerizing historical novel of love, war and Japanese gardens
winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize
situated in Malaya it took me back to a time when I lived in Johor Barhu
so entranced that I went straight out and got Eng’s first book, ” the Gift of Rain”
shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
— but, back to the loom
one colour thread for half yards and a different colour for each yard with a knot in the thread to count each yard
it doesn’t damage the selvedge like a tape pinned into the fabric
similar to the previous fabric – different colours and yarns
testing weft colours – I decided to go with my first choice
2 ply linen in a creamy natural colour with a beautiful sheen
the pattern is a “Six-Squares Origami Top”
from Handwoven magazine, March/April 1995
also Handwoven M/A 1996
I made a pattern (to scale) to see where to place the stripes and colours
I didn’t take the time to make a muslin – hope I don’t regret that decision