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a thread from the past

December 12, 2011

if I was a poet I’d write about linen

ancient fibre

connected to the earth

 more beautiful with use

the old towel on the right was the inspiration for these towels, more here

woven on a linen warp with bleached linen, natural linen, linen dyed with kakishibu and  handspun ramie dyed with indigo


the 8 harness twill blocks show up well with the kakishibu weft. the change of pattern in the border adds interest.







fortunately I caught the sleying mistake within 2 inches, now I will needle weave it before washing. You can see the difference in colour before washing (left) and after (right). What isn’t obvious is the change in feel or “hand”.

dazzling white or natural

soft and crisp

casual and traditional  —  always in good taste.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 11:41 am

    Beautiful, beautiful cloth. You did a gorgeous job. Linen can be wiry and uncooperative but you obviously tamed it!


  2. December 13, 2011 7:37 am

    Linen is a terrific fiber, I like to wear it, sleep in it, use it on the table, in the kitchen, not to mention towels in the bathroom…
    Your towels have indeed a feeling of the past, they are gorgeous.


  3. December 13, 2011 1:56 am

    i’m learning about linen as i’ve not worked too much with it. guess who’s influenced me ? 😉


  4. December 12, 2011 8:39 pm

    I love linen too. Most of my blouses are linen these days. Your towels are gorgeous! Love them all – hugs Nat


  5. December 12, 2011 4:23 pm

    linen is amazing. every time i grow it, i am amazed again! and i love wearing it.


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