another month – another prayer flag
finished on time
blowing in the wind – and rain
the backing is tied shibori dyed with Japanese ink (sumi)
I’ve been picking guard hairs out of the qiviut
it is surprisingly clean – it gives me all my allergy symptoms – but is fine once washed
it is very light so I’m hoping there will be enough for a scarf
finally, there is a warp on the loom
I get miserable when there isn’t any weaving to escape to
don’t need to go near it for days, but do need to know it is there
tightly twisted linen warp and tabby weft
handspun wool pattern weft
I planned to use all sorts of crazy colours but couldn’t stop weaving this indigo
the plan is for toss cushions, next one will be colourful
the garden has benefited from my weaver’s block
first order of business, buy a new lawnmower
it definitely was not on my top 10 list of things to spend money on
but it was either sell the house, get a goat or go mower shopping
don’t you love this trendy colour model?
a mini mower for mini people
Summer has finally arrived, it is too hot to garden except in the early morning and evening
so I’ve come up with a plan
the pieces are machine stitched but all the seams are hand feather stitched
the monk’s belt was woven to pull all the colours of woven scraps together
my stash was much smaller in those days!
an obi from this series of five, woven for the instructors show
ANWG conference Straits and Strands 1997, hosted by the Victoria Guild
it doesn’t tear well so will need to be cut
now to wind the linen warp
help – I’m stuck!
the loom is naked
on the left, 20/2 silk dyed with lac – a plum colour
right, a fine commercial black silk
blocks of the 8 harness twill pattern are much more obvious with the darker weft
the question now is what’s next?
how do you choose a project?
a favorite pattern or a new one you haven’t tried
a special yarn, something from the stash that needs to be used
or the latest purchase you couldn’t resist
do you go through all those books – or samples
or do you keep a design book with crazy ideas – some from years back
what will sell at the guild sale or at the studio tour?
indigo dyed to cut into rags for sakiori weaving
the colour and pattern is beautiful, do I keep it and sew a summer top?
or will I look like a walking tablecloth?
and the answers are elusive
summer has arrived – at least for today
I’ve never tried dyeing with it so with a good crop it seems like this is the year
it may take until Christmas to get to the dyeing stage
the Tanabata strips were left to hang in the wind and rain for a week
now they are woven into a prayer for peace and love
on a background of sumi dyed shibori
the title “Wisdom” – now the stitching begins
a stop at my favorite bookstore for some summer reading
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabith Alameddine comes highly recommended
situated in Beirut, I’m reading this and remembering my recent visit with “heatherfromcanada”
A Foot in the River by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
I have to admit I bought it because of the cover (not a good reason)
from a work by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
it was on the shelf next to the book I originally went to buy
it seemed like kismet
” A revolutionary book which challenges scientistic assumptions about culture and how and why cultural change happens.”
it too, may take me until Christmas to finish!
and I can’t resist the freebies
the owner of the bookstore has a wonderful, eclectic collection of old items
frequently displayed in the store
wonder if I can stitch and read at the same time?
although small, the boro museum’s collection is large
the displays are excellent
printed information is in English
there are signs inviting visitors to touch
and there is a small area where you can try pieces on
(sorry for the quality of the picture – think I was getting a little light-headed)
(that is Bryan looking at the kimono )
(photo from the Amuse Museum website)
but I wanted to get on my hands and knees and stare through the glass – no, I didn’t!
but closer inspection proved it was indeed
I think this is called hishizashi a form of counted stitch embroidery
as I do each year on the 7th day of the 7th month
on this day of reflection join us for a tour of the
Amuse Museum in Tokyo
(click on any of the pictures to enlarge)
featuring the collection of Chuzaburo Tanaka
the fabrics now known as boro
this description is written
in the introduction of BORO: Rags and Tatters from the Far North of Japan
“Only a few decades ago, Tohoku “snow country” – and especially Aomori Prefecture – was synonymous to most Japanese with dire poverty. Situated dead-end on the northernmost tip of the main island of Honshu, Aomori was home to dirt poor farmers who, out of desperate necessity, created an astonishing textile aesthetic out of boro – mere “rags”.
pants, so stiff with patches and stitching they still hold the shape of those who wore them
all the the dyeing and stitching techniques were known and used long before they became “trendy” in the Western world
here, a hemp shirt
because that is how I felt viewing it
and I wanted to spend more time, with days in between, to absorb it all
there were pieces that almost brought me to tears
more in the next posting!