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the nature of things

January 19, 2014

the kesa is progressing

kesathe center three panels are stitched together

but – there is a hole in the kakishibu dyed linen

it is new fabric – not an old, worn recycled  piece !*^^*!

so, this kesa is showing its true nature

kesa 005a patch, before it is even finished

and then, after careful examination

another weak spot

this time a different patch

kesa 010this is getting serious and I can’t dye more kakishibu until the sun shines brightly

I like how the stitches look on the back

kesa 007the lining fabric has taken a week to get on the loom

difficulties there as well

fine yarns of various fibres, the handspun singles hemp is hairy and wanted to cling to other yarns

kesa 012at last!

a very asymmetrical stripe pattern

but wait – do you see the pin, lower left?

a broken warp thread – already, that hemp singles!

at either end I’ve decided to weave a stripe border

it will finish up some of the warp yarns– more stash gone!

kesa 013and I’ll weave with gentle thoughts and a happy heart.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2014 6:26 am

    This kesa is really turning out beautiful. I’ve had a inkling to sew one for a few years now, and I’m feeling the urge again. I’ve made a few rakusu, but a big kesa is quite a commitment. I think I’m ready.


    • January 20, 2014 8:32 am

      Kirstin – it is big! think one has to be prepared to make changes as it evolves and expect surprises along the way.


  2. January 19, 2014 5:44 pm

    it’s been that sort of week, even at the turn of the moon (or whatever it’s called). fraught here, too, but not with fiber folly. geesh!


    • January 19, 2014 6:20 pm

      Velma – jeesh indeed. there were days when I thought I should just stay in bed and pull the quilt over my head. hope you are warm and healthy.


  3. January 19, 2014 3:42 pm

    Everything about your kesa is beautiful – the stitching, the weaving, the intention.


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