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warping, weaving and stitching

February 2, 2014

students have finishing measuring their warps

students 211loosely chained and ready to start warping

students 205lease sticks firmly secured, cross ties removed and wound onto the back beam

students 212starting to thread the heddles

I started making my variation of log cabin patches several years ago

to use tiny scraps of precious fabric

kesa 018start by hand stitching onto recycled fabric, in this case the circles cut from the backing material

I use a special piece in the center to start

 then stitch pieces around in a circle to cover the base

kesa 019cut a circle into the main fabric to fit, turn in the edges and stitch

the answer to the third patch was right in front of me all the time

kesa 021a linen, woven shibori piece

indigo dyed last summer – and it “feels” RIGHT!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2014 6:02 am

    I like the way these pieces grow. They seem so inevitable and natural, but are the result of a lot of thought!


    • February 5, 2014 8:15 am

      Alice – the one piece is now to big to hang on the wall so it gets laid out on the floor for viewing and thinking time.


  2. February 4, 2014 12:29 am

    nice loom views 😉


  3. February 3, 2014 2:36 am

    Its so interesting to learn about different textiles, I was thinking this was a variation on quilting. I love what you are doing, its like turning a wearable piece into a piece of art to be worn.


    • February 3, 2014 8:47 am

      Debbie – a serious study of textiles can take you around the world and back through the centuries.


  4. February 2, 2014 4:23 pm

    That’s a fascinating variation on the quilt design–I love the idea that something so traditional, and geometric, can be re-imagined in new ways!


    • February 2, 2014 5:42 pm

      Kerry – a kesa is absolutely NOT a quilt. It is worn as a shawl and has some very specific and traditional design requirements. They are much older than North American quilt designs. Most modern ones are more elaborate and use Chinese silk brocades, sometimes with gold thread. Originally a kesa symbolized humility and was constructed from rags and scraps donated to the temples.


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