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a new adventure

December 4, 2010

For some time I have been wanting to try making books. Using handwoven fabric for covers and maybe some woven shifu for pages.  Velma said “no time like the present” and it was the little push I needed. Don’t think I want to struggle with handwovens the first time so will try some natural dyed materials. Gathering ideas, linen thread dyed with kakishibu, a hand cut wooden printing block from India, how-to books.

The rather strange yellow/green dye is marigold and pomegranate on 3 different silks and the board clamped cotton napkin (top, center). The browns are kakishibu. 

The colours in the first picture are the more correct . It is difficult to get good colour in the winter light and avoid the shadows.

Putting my ideas in pictures/writing makes me feel more committed. Now I need to choose some paper. Adding fuel to the small creative flame.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2010 11:52 am

    talking pages–oh I love that. Do they sing, too? A student has just given me Lois Lowry’s “Gathering Blue” on cd. Feel like it was written for me. I was not familiar with her work but am going to get her books for my grandchildren.


    • December 5, 2010 2:01 pm

      sure, my books have to sing, lord knows i can’t! it’s been too long since i read gathering blue, can’t remember it. i am gathering your blue and thinking of books. it’s just beautiful (as are they all) but this, oh even more beautiful. it talks to me…


  2. December 5, 2010 9:50 am

    and you’ll find the pages need to (and will do so) talk to each other. you’ll like that, too.


  3. December 4, 2010 3:06 pm

    oh, i am SO happy you’re taking the leap! you’ll love it!!!!!


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