Oh Canada – Happy Birthday!
2 years exactly until Treadle Lightly – ANWG 2017 conference
Canada will be 150 years young
to all of you who left a comment regarding my rather challenging choice of colours
as each of you knows, comments are what make blogging worthwhile
(which I had completely forgotten when choosing the warp)
on the rare occasions when I attempt to break out of my colour rut
the results are encouraging – should do it more often
I think I could improve on this but I’m still rather pleased
it took 3 rows of stitching (at the top) before I realized the mistake
off to water the garden.
little mistakes add up
I find it difficult to work with these colours
the camera didn’t like them either but this is fairly close
they are 4 of the 7 Treadle Lightly official colours
and I thought I needed a challenge!
there were problems at every step
at one point I cut it all off and re-threaded the heddles
when it was finally time to weave mistakes were difficult to see
this one became obvious after taking a picture
I was ready to quit and call it a sample when I saw Ogata-san’s mokume shibori, on Japanese Textile Workshops (June 24)
she is 97 and 3/4 – if she can do it so can I
many more to go.
enjoying the summer thyme
looking for some better quality fabric to use in my Strippy quilt
I found these huck towels in the consignment store
don’t gasp, Kerry, I’ve decided they are too fine to cut up
which only adds to the stash and doesn’t solve my need
a different spatter pattern on the outside
inspiration for indigo dyeing and sashiko
what I thought was an”e” turned out to be a 6 or 9
that’s the thrill of the hunt!
but, what’s next?
one small picture in the book 8, 12…20 by Kathryn Wertenberger
spent far too much time playing on Fiberworks
decided I had to turn the draft, which made it look upsidedown to my now muddled brain
printed the threading, cut it apart and now I can see it will work
why all this work?
TREADLE LIGHTLY–the ANWG Conference 2017 at UVic in Victoria
stay tuned to see how this works
the weaving is finished
it didn’t full as much as the other warp yarns
that’s what happens sometimes when using handspun yarns, from the stash
c’est la vie!
the weft on the left is an interesting commercial yarn available from Sanjo Silk
when the scarf came off the loom it was as stiff as a board
not what you want for a scarf
after a vigorous washing in synthrapol and a vinegar rinse it is soft and drapey
so — what’s next?
I seem to be having a weaver’s block
even considered that it may be time to move on
meanwhile it is back to the garden where I will think about it.
this one is stitched and wrapped
by the time it was finished my fingers were sore
after 12 or 13 dips – I lost count – in the indigo
and drying overnight
it was worth the work
I had to get some new fabric – this is the best I could find
it wasn’t cheap and I’m not impressed
who weaves this stuff??
the marker pen was fading out as fast as I was finishing a line
finally I had to go over each line three times
I’ll see how long it is visible before proceeding
wound into skeins it dyed a nice dark colour with only ten dips
weft for weaving.
silk- silk and mohair with blended colours – silk and camel
asking for trouble – again?
one shuttle, I often use two or more so this should be quick
threaded with plain weave on the selvedges so no float
behaving itself, weaving is soft and gentle
2 scarves, different wefts
found in this wonderful old book, printed in 1960
woven, in 1991, by Marguerite Schreiber for Cross Country Weavers
a retiring weaver gifted me her five binders of samples from the group
a wonderful treasure, than you Anne
they were a group of experienced weavers who choose a project every year
and then exchanged marvelous, multi-shaft samples
the pattern would look splendid in linen!
visually stunning this book is a well researched introduction
not only to Korean handicrafts but history and culture