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July 6, 2014

 those of us who work with our hands know – time is precious

when I first discovered woven shibori I thought “that’s for me, it’s quicker!”

well, many yards/metres later I’ve decided that is not necessarily true

P1050189my second piece of mokume  (wood grain) shibori

and it is not perfect, either!!

P1050185this is what it looked like when the stitching was finished

just like Indian kantha stitch, a random running stitch originally used to join layers of old cloth to make quilts

it creates a lovely texture

P1050187with the threads tightly drawn up – it creates an odd three-dimensional object

many dips in the indigo – slowly removing the stitches – hours of work

P1050195woven shibori – 60 EPI (ends per inch)

and hours later, just sleying the reed

what am I listening to?

All Time Greatest Jazz hits,  Yo- Yo Ma, Vivaldi and Bach

hopefully there are no threading mistakes

P1050192from the consignment store

Irish linen napkins – never used – never even washed

with a modern looking Celtic knot design

I could afford to purchase 4 of the 8

should I go back for the other 4?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2014 10:35 am

    Lovely. And it’s interesting to know what you’ve been listening to while being so creative.


    • July 9, 2014 11:22 am

      Hi Lis – that listening list is for threading the loom on 16 harnesses when my mind needs to focus on the business at hand – and not start singing along!


  2. July 7, 2014 8:34 pm

    Soooo long – but it’s obviously worth it! I’m dying to know if you got the other 4 napkins. Sheesh, don’t leave us in suspense here! LOL!!! You can always dye them. Indigo. Kakishibu. Flower deadheads from your garden. Whatever. My problem is that I can’t leave white fabric/yarn/garments/whathaveyou alone. Must dye…


    • July 7, 2014 9:39 pm

      Louisa – first, I’ll boil the linen to remove weaving/spinning oils etc. Not sure I want to dye them – yes I too dye most fabric but these are so pristine and perfect…??


  3. July 7, 2014 10:11 am

    Your mokume is superb. Was this one hand stitched or woven stitched? 60 dpi, my goodness, I wish I was there to help!


    • July 7, 2014 10:41 am

      Kristin – I wish you were, too. I’m going to need help winding the weft bobbins – single thread from balls wound with two threads at a time. The mokume is handstitched, there is a very definite difference in the look, with woven shibori a repeat pattern can be recognized with careful study. I love the mokume, it just takes so-o long.


  4. July 7, 2014 3:00 am

    Yes, you should go back for the napkins!! I cannot imagine sleying 60 epi. I’m at the stage where 24 epi seems like a lot!


    • July 7, 2014 7:45 am

      Kerry – 60 epi just takes longer!
      Neki – I’ll go back today and see if the napkins are still there.
      Alfia – thank you, I like audio books, too but not when I have to focus on the threading.


  5. July 7, 2014 1:26 am

    yes! go back for the other 4


  6. Alfia permalink
    July 6, 2014 11:17 pm

    It is totally worth the time, what a beautiful piece ! Magic circle, full moon. I like slow, slow is good. Still, your 60 epi makes me go “oh-oh”. (I listen to audiobooks, mostly russian classics and Terry Pratchett). Wandering if you went back and bought the other 4 napkins.


  7. lagriccia permalink
    July 6, 2014 10:06 pm

    Your mokume Shibori is superb, a true piece of art.


  8. July 6, 2014 7:17 pm

    Well, if you don’t go for them, I will! Lovely….
    The shibori is lovely….. and maybe one day I will give it a try! There are so many tempting diversions to weaving and dyeing!
    🙂 Susan


  9. July 6, 2014 5:44 pm

    Definitely go back for the other 4 napkins. Who knows whether you would ever see any more?


  10. July 6, 2014 3:53 pm

    I agree woven shibori is time consuming. The look makes me want to do more and experiment with more weave structures. Patience for the 60epi cotton. Too fine for me to do but it will be beautiful I’m sure.


  11. July 6, 2014 3:50 pm

    The indigo pieces look great. I love the idea of the running stitch. I finally did some indigo dyeing last week and I am thinking this is a “must try” technique.


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