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weaving with kakishibu weft

August 23, 2012

the next project on my experimental warp, woven for a journal cover

the small, repeating pattern shows off the weft

 the 40/2 linen warp is threaded 3 to a dent so I’m expecting a change when washed

the weft is a fine, handspun ramie singles,  dyed 5 times with kakishibu

similar in size to sewing thread,  it behaves like wire and needs a firm beat while weaving

I use a temple/stretcher to maintain a consistent width and prevent narrowing in

in Japan the temples I used were made from flat bamboo – very flexible

a similar one made from thin wood and sewing pins secured with a thread wrapping

by gluing velcro to the wood it can be used for variable widths and holds together firmly

useful on narrow widths

the madder root is blooming

and much more colourful, the clematis is putting on a show for the second time

13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2013 9:18 pm

    I love this little temple, but let me ask you…how do you get the needles to stay put with the wrapped thread. And what type of wood did you use?


    • April 17, 2013 10:29 pm

      Kristin – the wood is probably fir, something out of the lumber yard scrap bin – it was made a few years ago! the pins were held on with epoxy glue and after the thread was wrapped I soaked the thread in the glue. the velcro was held on with the same glue, it has been replaced 2 or 3 times.


  2. August 24, 2012 8:56 am

    yes, jean the temple is a great idea. i’m thinking the journal will be lovely.


  3. August 24, 2012 5:20 am

    Love the small pattern, so satisfying. I’m enjoying your temples, very low-tech and exactly the tool for the job.


    • August 24, 2012 7:22 am

      never thought of sharing my temple before – it is a little primitive but works well with narrow warps when I couldn’t find a commercial one. the bamboo ones in Japan are full width (approx. 14″ or 36mm. they have a sliding loop to keep the two parts together.


  4. August 24, 2012 4:28 am

    It is so beautiful, Jean. I find your temples very ingenious indeed!


  5. August 24, 2012 1:17 am

    what a smart temple! i’m going to build one for myself.and i’ jealous of your clematis.mine are fried so no second show.


  6. Alfia permalink
    August 24, 2012 12:00 am

    i like the effect of 3 threads to a dent, as a very beginning weaver i am amazed at all this countless ways to weave just one pattern! And I like your low-fi stretcher, never seen one like this around here.


  7. August 23, 2012 4:33 pm

    wow–this is a lovely pattern, seems so intricate! one of my daughters is a weaver–the process, the art of the craft, really, amazes me. ancient and enduring–your’s is beautiful in it’s earthy colors and textures


    • August 23, 2012 4:38 pm

      thanks, Ali. this is a very simple pattern but it always seems to be fitting no matter how one uses it.


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