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working at warp speed

May 7, 2014

this one should be quick and easy – don’t think that is tempting fate

P10408405 1/2 inches wide – only one shuttle

no stretcher/temple – no floating selvedge

I love to weave like this, just throw the shuttle back and forth, back and forth

indigo dyed cotton and bleached linen

edging for the ends of the kesa – and then it will be finished

P1040846the Japanese weave stripes – shima

they publish books with nothing but stripesP1040845

families keep sample books (shimacho) of their woven stripes – and passed them down to daughters and granddaughters

they are hard to find and if you do they’re expensive

so I’ve started collecting my own


2 skeins of the Icelandic spun and washed

in the grease they weighed 10 3/8 ounces

washed – with the lanolin gone – 8 1/4 ounces

that’s approximately 3 more pounds to spin!

flowers 008

my favorite azalea is blooming

named Mt. St Helens’ – after fire and eruptions

14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2014 11:55 pm

    love those sample books! haven’t had luck finding one.i have the lattice & stripes book too.i find it very inspiring. your azalea is just stunning.


    • May 14, 2014 7:48 am

      Hi Neki – if you are lucky enough to find a good sample book they are expensive. it is truly mind boggling how many different stripes are possible.


  2. May 12, 2014 2:17 am

    A dream weaving. I want to try. The linen is for warp and the cotton for weft, right ?


    • May 12, 2014 8:04 am

      Guillaume – the indigo warp is cotton and the white stripe is linen. the indigo weft is cotton. Have fun weaving.


      • May 13, 2014 1:09 am

        Ok, thanks. I have to put it first in french, then in the right order in my mind, then on the loom πŸ˜€
        I have to dye the threads first…. The crazy thing is the length of thread youi need to do just a small piece of material… But this kind is very hard to find, i want to try to weave it myself.


      • May 13, 2014 7:52 am

        Guillaume – I dye many skeins of yarn at one time ready for future use – this warp was only 13cm. X 3m didn’t take very much yarn. hope you enjoy the process.


  3. May 8, 2014 6:52 pm

    lovely weaving, and then there is that amazing color called a flower. what a good idea to make your own shimacho. i want one, but keep balking at the prices.


    • May 8, 2014 6:58 pm

      Velma – I’ve looked at shimacho for years and never indulged – and they keep getting harder to find and more expensive so – I decided to make my own version. It will never take the place of a “real” one.


  4. May 8, 2014 10:26 am

    Love that striped fabric! There’s something so elegant and serene about the Japanese design sense. My guild has at least one of those inspirational books in our library. I used to like pattern on pattern on complicated pattern but somehow the older I get the more I like simplicity. Go figure.


    • May 8, 2014 10:46 am

      Louisa -me too! maybe be got all those fancy/complicated/technical patterns out of our brains and now see the beauty in the plain and simple. I love this and am having a delightful time just weaving back and forth.


  5. May 7, 2014 5:34 pm

    What is a kesa, Jean?


    • May 7, 2014 5:45 pm

      Myra – kesa is a Buddhist monk’s robe, more like a shawl. I started it in January and first posted about it on January 4th.


  6. May 7, 2014 5:11 pm

    That azalela is stunning! And maybe your kesa will be finished about the same time as my backpack! Sounds like a photo op to me! Let’s meet and show off our Japanese-influenced projects to each other!


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