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stripes in the weft and an iron modifier

November 1, 2013

sample tea towels – finished

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when the colours and pattern are threaded in the warp the weaving goes quickly

but — except for a change in weft colour everything woven on that warp tends to look similar

and to tell the truth — I get bored after the first 18 inches and just want to finish and start something new

these may have taken a little longer to weave but they were fun

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at the same time I’ve been dyeing

20/2 silk and handwoven linen

pomegranate rinds with an alum mordant

the fabric was woven on the same warp as the woven shibori work bags seen here

the silk will be a scarf warp weaving weft stripes

but wait there is a surprise

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after a quick dip in an iron modifier

sage green – the fabric is greener – impossible to photograph

but exactly what I was aiming for

I plan to stencil the individual bag pieces

more later

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2013 11:13 am

    I love the colours in your towels. What fun! Natural dyeing is especially fun when there’s a surprise. Lately, my lichen dye bath, which initially gave a golden yellow, is now giving a purple mauve.


    • November 2, 2013 2:55 pm

      Kristin –purple mauve sounds good, what kind of lichen?


      • November 3, 2013 12:02 pm

        You know, I really have no idea. I’ll post a picture on my blog (eventually) of the lichen.


      • November 3, 2013 12:50 pm

        Kristin- would be interested to know. are you using a different soap on the fibre? there has to be a reason the colour has change so completely.


      • November 3, 2013 2:34 pm

        Well, I’m thinking it’s the fermented urine I have it steeped in, basically ammonia. It was giving gold-yellow the first few weeks, then I let it rest a few months and then it was giving mauve. Pretty wacky, huh?


      • November 3, 2013 2:46 pm

        Kristin – I’m thinking you are most likely correct!


  2. Judi Bushby permalink
    November 3, 2013 5:11 am

    You certainly never sit still for very long, Jean. Love keeping up with all that you are doing. Have had a low creativity level this year but aim to get busy next year as I hope to go back and see Bryan. Cheers Judi

    Sent from my iPhone


    • November 3, 2013 7:55 am

      Judi – those slow times are necessary to think and gather inspiration. how wonderful, another trip to Japan and Bryan’s indigo pots. love to hear what you do.


  3. November 3, 2013 5:30 am

    Maybe they were a bore to weave, but the random stripes are so satisfying to look at!


  4. December 17, 2013 11:48 am

    I’m going to have to get my hands on some pomegranate rinds now – that sage green is spectacular! And I agree, those stripes are very pleasing to the eye…


    • December 17, 2013 4:40 pm

      Iris – pomegranates are a treat here but once I found out they are good for dyeing I treat myself more often. You can freeze the rind until you have enough.


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