the sun is shining
Spring is in the air
to match the “summer and winter” pattern on the back seam
the woven shibori is linen, the “summer and winter” is cotton and a cotton/hemp blend
dyed with natural indigo and madder
there was enough of this striped shibori to use on the back and fronts
with an indigo dyed piece of damask tablecloth to make up the length
to make cuffs – with a little patching
and that handful of scraps?
they will become a pocket on the inside
finished before the deadline!
in a flash of lightning and a roll of thunder
the brilliant idea to make a scrappy hanten came to me!
using several woven fabrics from the stash pile
I started draping Betsy
I felt compelled to match the pattern on the back panels
that small scrap was all that was left – yikes!
so a piece was added
all the seams are surged – you know what hand-woven fabric can do when it decides to ravel
everything else is hand stitched – in the spirit of traditional hanten
it doesn’t look great when cut as one long piece
but on the diagonal (see first picture) it adds a little drama
a paper pattern was made to see how it would work
good – but is there enough fabric??
oh well, deal with that when/if it happens
they will look better with top stitching
so top stitch all seams with silk thrums
center back use a shibori sample
I like the stars, what do you think?
the plain indigo is a dyed damask table-cloth
it will work for the remainder of the lining
now for a few midnight stitching sessions
it has to be finished and photographed for April 1st
students are making progress on their “log cabin” scarves
we tied in a temporary string heddle to solved the problem
a new weaver – don’t you love her selvedges?
the dark scrap is one of the ties from the hippari
so precious it needs to be given a new life
do you see the small light blue fabric?
indigo dyed, linen damask napkin scrap
you can’t help touching it
above all else, I’m a stitcher
and a dyer
and a weaver
there is something very satisfying about sakiori
indigo dyed cotton warp and indigo dyed rags
while searching through the stash for interesting cloth to cut
this long forgotten jacket (hippari or jinbai) surfaced
someone had started to take it apart and never finished
it is old and badly stained and discoloured due to age
it looked so forlorn, I felt sorry for it
the kasuri (ikat) pattern is very regular which leads me to believe the pattern was not hand-woven
as I sit and take this apart I think about who, where and when it was made
the people who wore it for years
and how did it come to Canada?
was it a grandmothers link to a past life?
I’ll include pieces from the hippari
add bits and take some away
move things around and play for a few days
and then – start stitching
the same threading as the towels woven in December
little blocks of log cabin between the stripes
small changes made to weft colours to keep myself interested
but the results are not dramatic
“dramatic tea towels” – that is worth thinking about
and March’s pages are well on the way
(click to make larger)
the white threads are paper yarn
it worked well on the stiff linen page
and even knotted in the bottom row of coral stitch
inspired by an article in the magazine Kateigaho
and a big basket of cut rags
(my mother taught this concept almost daily)
not a bad philosophy to follow!
rag weave place mats, ready to go on the loom
because I had a limited amount of the indigo dyed cotton
I wound three warp chains – the two blue selvage chains first
that way if I ran out of yarn I could make changes
there was enough to complete the warp
searching for inspiration
almost the end of February and I can’t seem to get up and running/weaving
is it the weather – or a lack of inspiration?
but Spring is arriving
the February pages are finished
it is amazing how quickly it spins up on the wheel
rather than a spindle – which is far more meditative
Saturday was the annual Spin-in
a whole day to just sit and spin, yeah!
the view from above
and time to shop
I couldn’t resist this alpaca/merino blend
from Inca Dinca Do
only the merino is dyed, it is beautifully prepared and spins like a dream
once home I spun late into the night
a day to go wild – also couldn’t resist this Icelandic/silk roving from
it is as soft as a cloud
Jane will be one of the judges at Treadle Lightly
she had lots of lovely colours but I want to see how the blend dyes
there were many different wheels to talk about
and lots and lots of talk!
and sit with good friends
I have spun on a Bosworth Journey Wheel since 1981
and have never seen another one
a wonderful day
thank you Judy and team