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September 14, 2011

this was not fast weaving!

4 different fabrics that essentially are just plain weave.




the 2 coordinating fabrics, thrums are used in the weft.


from left, linen and shifu/ramie 2 ply dyed with kakishibu, Habu paper moire plied with cotton and cotton thrums tied together.



in this case coloured thrums are randomly tied together with a kimono knot, wound on a bobbin and woven as a continuous thread. I leave the ends on the surface.





the idea for this comes from  kimono weaver, Kichiyo Nagai who weaves her fine silk thrums into scarves.






it is just slightly ridiculous to weave clasped weft on linen sett at 36 epi. Must have been the summer heat!

this is the piece I blogged about previously. It would make wonderful placemats and I plan to try it again using bundled thrums in place of the heavy weft. Could be very colourful.

The heat has gone, not sure my common sense has returned.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 1:31 pm

    wow! these are incredible! the clasped weft is so strong and the patterning is fantastic. the thrum yarn is something i will try once i have collected enough; i never really know what to do with them other than give them to the birds in the spring for their nests. did you use the same warp for all of these?


    • September 30, 2011 2:24 pm

      yes, the same natural linen singles. its is beautiful, strong and didn’t cause any troubles.


  2. September 16, 2011 2:57 am

    i love this kind of sampling, where you work out all kinds of things and find out whether or not you want to commit to a bigger piece, and yes,what were you thinking?! piddle work is one thing but impossible piddle work is hard (i speak as a practitioner of piddle work).


  3. September 15, 2011 11:26 pm

    what an idea! thrums tied together. seconding blandina here. for when a kimono knot tutorial?


  4. September 15, 2011 10:38 pm

    Oh, I love those fabrics and the idea of using thrums in the weft. You will have to teach me how to make a kimono knot.
    How do you finish the placemats, what do you do with the unwoven ends of warp?


    • September 15, 2011 11:50 pm

      diagrams of the knot are on my blog “connecting threads” Feb. 5, 2011. give it a try. this is only a sample, if I was weaving placemats I would weave a hem on each with fine weft thread, double turn it under and machine stitch.


  5. September 15, 2011 1:57 pm

    The weaving looks fascinating. BTW, your name came up twice today at the meeting of the Salt Spring guild. They read the membership list from 1981, which your name was on. And there was another new member, Marilyn, just moved from Victoria, who knows you. I’m sure I will meet you in person sooner or later.


  6. September 14, 2011 4:05 pm

    I only can comment that they are beautiful and the threads in the previous post too! Enjoy your cooler weather – Hugs Nat


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