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tied and dyed

May 13, 2013

the “Someday Project” was a motivating decision

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the first warp is off the loom

I varied the tie-up thread pattern in each sample

from left to right the wefts are; linen, paper, Merino, cotton/synthetic blend boucle dyed a light indigo and bottom right is silk covered stainless steel

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with the exception of the wool they all had 8 dips in the indigo vat, the wool was dyed in logwood with an alum mordant

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the linen gave the clearest pattern, the wool has retained some of the gathering texture, but not as much as I had hoped.

The stainless steel/silk was the finest weft and the material is light and feels like linen . It holds the shape when squished up but smooths out again when handled. I was excited about the possibilities of this yarn, it is expensive, but now I’m not sure where to take it from here.

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I decided to change the linen warp yarn (it kept breaking) for the final yard. Replacing it with a 16/2 indigo dyed cotton. The process was rather messy but it worked.

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the final piece will get stitched into a little bag.

on to the next sample warp

in the meantime I’m dyeing.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2013 8:41 pm

    i remember finding ellis’s book and thinking it was absolutely the right thing! i love all your samples, and the scrunchable piece is enticing. lots of possibilities.


  2. May 14, 2013 10:24 am

    All gorgeous! Is the woven shibori really any faster? Of course, it doesn’t really matter…the things we do for beauty!


  3. May 14, 2013 8:11 am

    Such lovely fabric! I really like the woven shibori possibilities.


  4. neki desu permalink
    May 14, 2013 2:21 am

    very cool sampling despite those pesky broken ends.


  5. beadsandfibreslady permalink
    May 14, 2013 1:20 am

    14 May 2013: Aaah, beautiful colours and textures again Jean, well done from sunny southern England XX


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