after two and a half years of construction noise
we have an impressive new high school
it replaces the first school opened on this site in 1929
named Sno’uytth – Coast Salish for “spreading good energy”
carved by Butch and Clarence Dick
when driving home yesterday I couldn’t resist stopping to enjoy the sunset
directly behind me the moon was rising
a lady walking her dog stopped and asked if I was snapping the moon or the naked swimmer?
yes, he was “in the buff” on a very cold, clear November evening
12 boxes now unpacked and recycled
progress on the clean-up front has been painfully s-l-o-w!
I’ve seen this time as the much needed push to get rid of stuff
every day I take a box to either the consignment store, the charity shop or the recycle/dump
this can be problematic
a book I’ve been lusting after, in new condition at 1/3 the cover price
and a sweet kokeshi to go with my growing collection
I know, I’m already scolding myself —
weaving is off the loom
the tea towel has a multi-colour warp and nine weft colours
warp for the runner is bleached linen with one charcoal grey thread at the change of each block
the weft is seven colours of cotton, cottolin and linen
now I have to free the warping mill from the back of a pile
to start winding a new warp
but what to weave?
sumi ink dyeing has taken on a new life!
not sure dyeing is the correct term
this is a quickly stitched and tied piece on cotton
without any design planning
the fabric was pre-soaked, then soaked in the ink solution overnight
after drying it looked like the ink had not worked into all the areas between the ties
it went back into the solution and I worked/squeezed it vigorously
before washing, on the left — right, after washing/rinsing until water ran clear
ink migrates into the fibres differently than dyes
washing softened the colour
pattern definition was reduced significantly
how much is this due to different fibres??
the ink is very messy to use but washes up easily while wet
it seems to fix on fibres only once it is dry
next I’ll try a small piece of silk
meanwhile the clean-up/restoration seems endless
the kitchen floor is down to the original 1940s sub-floor – not pretty!
fans are still blowing, when it is declared dry a new sub-floor will be installed
after that nice new flooring
the boxes from the cabinets, that are piled almost to the ceiling in the living room
can go back to the kitchen and wait for the cabinets to be returned from the repair shop
(somewhere in one of those boxes is my GoreTex rain jacket)
and we have rain and wind warnings for the next 48 hours
at this rate it won’t be finished before Christmas
and I may have run away and joined the circus!
on the weekend I visited the Quilters’ Guild Christmas show and sale
there was thousands of hours of work
the prices were sadly low
a rooster with attitude!
the bottom border is a feather pattern with chicken wire on the three sides
the background fabric hand dyed
(sorry, I’ve lost the slip of paper with names)
featuring the arbutus, common it this area, was very effective
diluted – 1 part ink to 5 parts water
left to soak approximately 1 hour
dyed in full strength ink
it has a strong but not unpleasant smell
there is still enough left in the dye pot
so I’m going to start stitching a small shibori piece
can’t wait to see how the yarns weave
Sat. and Sun. Nov. 14-15
keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is nice
I am suffering from a severe case of self-diagnosed Monkey Mind
from Wikipedia ” a Buddhist term meaning – unsettled; restless; capricious, whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable
well – maybe not whimsical!
packing a lifetime of STUFF and only moving it from room to room
reaching into the dark recesses of cupboards, drawers and shelves
a small sampling of “the stash”
this started when I was looking for the next project
designing from the stash
— the 2 balls on the left and large skein at the bottom of picture
it all went into the indigo vat
this yardage was woven several years ago for a conference
it never got made up
now if I can find the swift and ball winder??
the mohair will make a warp
wait a minute – I remember using 2 cans of spray starch on the last warp
and clearing each shed by hand
time to think again, use those lovely silks in the warp with the mohair as weft?
Monkey Mind – leave it until tomorrow
the start of a new month
with the same in the living room
you don’t want to come for a visit right now
the noise and heat – it is like a sauna – has been going day and night for 4 days
no schedule for a start on the clean up yet
think I’m on the bottom of the list
there isn’t much money to be made from a little old lady in a little old house!
I’ve made endless trips to the dump/recycle, charity shop and consignment store
time for a BIG clear out
as my studio tour is on Nov. 14th-15th and there won’t be time to warp the loom again
I’m trying not to escape to the loom
Robert Brady’s blog http://www.pureland.blogspot.com
is a delight