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May 20, 2013

more shibori samples

shibori 151

this time the pattern weft is threaded in a Monk’s Belt pattern

the fabric is plain weave with approximately 1/3 of the width threaded in an indigo and white stripe

the shibori pattern threads are woven only in the white warp area

it will be interesting to see how the dyeing goes – I hope to resist the striped area

the weft pattern and fibre will vary in each sample

shibori 153

 I anticipate quite a number of samples and need some way of keeping them organized – with careful notes

something I’m not always good at

it is surprising how quickly I forget the details and/or everything

shibori 155

so – I’m using a stiff interfacing and iron-on adhesive to make a kind of hinge

it is stiff, very strong and easy to cut holes in for the binder

now all I have to do is keep up the good intentions.

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Happy Birthday, Jillian

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2013 8:24 am

    LOVE this ingenious idea! esp because i adore sample books; i have so many and yet never feel i have enough. and i hear you about pencils and paper! i’m the papermaker who never has any scrap paper around her.


    • May 24, 2013 10:20 am

      Aimee – I sometimes think it is not just the samples but the person behind them and the desires/hopes for documenting their work. Japanese sample books of page after page of woven stripes fascinate me.


  2. May 21, 2013 8:20 am

    Interesting solution to mounting samples! I usually just put them in page protectors. But then you have to fish them out to feel them and remember to put them back in the right place!


  3. neki desu permalink
    May 21, 2013 12:59 am

    what a great idea thank you


  4. May 20, 2013 7:36 pm

    i try to keep scrap paper and pencils around everywhere so when an idea or something happens quickly, i can jot it down. it appears messy, but is really helpful.
    your filing system looks great; it’s key to see and feel what you’ve done when keeping tabs on projects. what were you thinking of using as a resist?


    • May 20, 2013 8:24 pm

      Anastasia – I can never find that one scrap of paper when I need it! I’ll try tightly tying off the non-gathered part with ikat tape and then wrapping the fabric in plastic and tape. that’s the plan, anyhow. We’ll see how it works.


  5. May 20, 2013 4:17 pm

    This is going to look stunning! I have to write things down immediately or I forget, too. Too many little decisions in the process.


  6. May 20, 2013 4:16 pm

    I like your idea of attaching a strip to the fabric to file samples. I have a bunch of surface design ones to make this summer and I think I’ll do something similar. It’s better than making holes in the fabric itself, stapling it onto a hunk of cardboard or trying to stuff it into a plastic sleeve.


    • May 20, 2013 5:28 pm

      fibercrush – it is the best solution I’ve come up with so far and it allows you to feel the piece easily.


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