so this is winter
and when we do it doesn’t always stay very long
so last night when we got snow on top of hail
I rushed out to take a picture
in the morning, no soft fluffy snow
sheets of solid ice that had to be chipped off the paths
good day to finally get the silk weaving
first, a notice!
news on the Treadle Lightly Conference website
the workshops, classes and seminars are listed
along with instructor’s bios
and shows, events and the market hall
the weather is grey, very wet and altogether gloomy
not a good time to dye
and it was too long for the dye pot so I had to continually pour dye over the last bit
logwood and lac for the dyes
starting with the sleeves – the easiest part
now I’m off to continue threading the loom
designing the warp
there is 2 ply and singles
and that pretty natural crepe with nubbles
turned out to be a major problem
using a big, old horizontal warping reel (I love it!)
the crepe yarn has broken several times
too late to change it now – oh, the joys of weaving!
I cut 2 – 1/2 sheets at a time, 3 mm. wide
to keep all the cuts even
nothing happens in a hurry!
you just wind and wind and think and take lots of tea breaks
some of the yarns were quite tangled from the dyeing process
and I realize why they have all been resting in the cupboard
I really didn’t want to do the winding
not all of the colours will be used in the next project
but at least now they are all ready to use
now to wind the warp!
thinking of how to use the idea in other ways
it looks like woven ribbons – maybe more than 2 colours?
8 more full sheets of shiraku kozo, each of the spun balls is only half a sheet
7 sheets of very thin paper I received as a gift in Japan
after finishing practising on the heavier kozo I’ll feel more confidant to work with it
this is a spinning project for all winter – it is so time intensive!
if you added up the hours it would be the most valuable yarn I can think of
it is slow going tying onto a pole for arashi shibori
not sure it will all go on the pole and then the dye pot is not deep enough
(the big indigo vat is hibernating for the winter)
so it will have to be dyed from both ends – that could be messy!
on the left is a crepe silk yarn
the coloured silk is all hand-reeled from Bryan in Japan
approximately 60/2 weight – what am I planning??
any ideas are welcome
don’t want to make a mistake, the weft will be the handspun silk I’ve just finished
3 3/4 oz. of spindle spun silk
a sprinkle of black beans on the torn paper strips
prevents them from tangling while being spun
then rolled on a rough surface to soften the paper and start the spin
spun on a drop spindle
on a handwoven linen background
with kakishibu dyed weft threads
the bottom border and small leaves are also dyed with kaki
I’m living with it for a few days to see if it needs anything added
from a slow start it came together quickly
influenced by all the leaves I had to rake
I wanted to portray the Autumn of life
the process of returning to the dust from which all things come
” nothing, including ourselves and this moment, remains unchanged.”
time marches on