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the learning curve

December 6, 2010

Learning anything new requires a whole new set of skills. New materials, equipment and even language. It’s much easier to work within my comfort zone doing something I’ve been practising/refining for 30++ years.  That is one reason it has taken me so long to attempt making a book. I’m using a little book from Nepal as a pattern. It’s a very practical book and I use it for dyeing  recipes and samples.

But not all the learning is new. I have a collection of hand cut stencils and stamps and also wooden blocks. I’ve used Pebeo, setacolor dyes because they are marvelous on fabric and therefore I have them in many colours.

I made the large patch first and realized that it wouldn’t fit. The final cover (if it works)  is a smaller patch inserted into a kakishibu dyed linen fabric and a handwoven linen piece that I shibori dyed with kakishibu.

This is my interpretation of a log cabin patch which uses small scraps of precious material. They are all handstitched and I usually make up a few and keep them until they are needed.

This book is not going to happen quickly. I’m going to enjoy the process.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2010 8:47 am

    There are times that i dont read more than two lines but i honestly enjoyed what i read. Cheers !


  2. December 11, 2010 9:09 am

    how are you I was luck to come cross your theme in wordpress
    your Topics is exceptional
    I get a lot in your Topics really thanks very much
    btw the theme of you website is really marvelous
    where can find it


  3. December 7, 2010 2:51 am

    jean this is so totally exciting! i’m glad you’re taking your time and following where it wants you to go. and i love your log cabin variation. love.


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