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a warp to play with

August 19, 2011

starting the 20/1 linen warp – sett at 36 epi – only 3 yards, plain weave.

I’m hoping to use some of the fabric for book covers.

a mixture of weft yarns, some on bobbins but most are being placed in by hand. Thrums; linen, hemp and 2 ply shifu/ramie dyed with kakishibu. Habu paper moire and indigo, bleached and natural cotton thrums tied with a Japanese kimono knot.

there is a nice texture to this with the moire and thread ends from the thrums.

the kakishibu and indigo are wonderful together. There is enough warp to do quite a bit of experimenting. The weather is hot and dry, not a good time to be weaving with linen. I’m off to buy some spray starch.





Sunday, 10 – 4 pm

St.Ann’s Academy Orchard

hope to see some of you there.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 25, 2011 7:08 am

    this looks really wonderful, i love the texture! they will be fantastic book covers. do you think you’ll experiment with a lighter beat to get a lace-like affect? are shifu woven pieces something you would need to full in hot water when done to set the weave?


    • August 25, 2011 10:38 am

      if I wanted a lace effect I would choose a sett and pattern that would give a more open weave. I want a firm fabric that will wear well. the warp is linen and the shifu paper, hot water won’t do anything to either. it is usually wool or animal fibre that is set with hot water.


  2. August 20, 2011 5:06 am

    and i would love to visit fibrations!


  3. August 20, 2011 5:06 am

    this entry is so much like my thinking…the colors echo some of my current work. so exciting to see this weaving, jean. beautiful.


  4. August 20, 2011 2:32 am

    Kakishibu and indigo do go beautifully together. I have both of them in fabric. Must think of something to make with them! Hugs Nat


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