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small steps

November 9, 2014

the sun is shining – who knows for how long?P1050924enjoying it while it lasts!

P1050934on the loom

almost impossible to photograph

the pattern is my favorite colour blending combined with advancing twill

these colours are very close

the first weft is a fine 2 ply black tussah silk

then one pattern repeat with alternating wefts of the tussah and eyelash silk

changing to the eyelash for all the weft

P1050937many of the silk yarns came from The Silk Studio

this shawl is going to make a statement!

now I have to be patient and not weave it off until after the Studio Tour next weekend

for me the stitching is meditative

 but I wonder if the woman stitching utility textiles under very different circumstances felt the same?

P1050930planning the overall placement of pieces and colours

I can’t stop myself – this is a luxury of time and materials

the stitchers of old would not be doing this

my brain – and heart – hurt trying to understand

P1050944they wouldn’t carefully pin all the pieces

 they wouldn’t square all the pieces and cut off the raggy bits

and they wouldn’t make fancy stitch patterns

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2014 3:21 pm

    all that work. maybe a little joy in making something useful? maybe only a sense of never getting ahead, try as she might.


    • November 10, 2014 3:49 pm

      Velma – I think it was just a way of life and there was no choice. Remember, in some of these countries arranged marriages were the norm and woman simply could not survive without a husband and extended family. And no trip to Hawaii in the winter!


  2. November 10, 2014 11:42 am

    I wonder if the women who stitch because they have to would feel honored if they knew what you were doing or if they would think you were a bit loco. Probably the latter but I think it’s a fine exercise in appreciating how lucky we are to have so much.


    • November 10, 2014 1:59 pm

      Kerry – the woman who stitched boro – in Japan – didn’t just stitch. They gathered and processed the fibers to spin into yarn and then wove the fabric, sometimes doing the dyeing themselves or paying the village dyer. They worked the rice fields with a child on their back and they did their stitching at night after everyone else was in bed. I doubt that they had the time or energy to think along those lines. More likely, what were they going to feed the family the next day and how early they needed to get up and light the fire to start another long day.


  3. November 9, 2014 5:28 pm

    What a mysterious pattern. It looks like a secret text! Very nice.


    • November 9, 2014 6:08 pm

      Alice – I was very careful to check for both threading and treadling mistakes because it was difficult to see if there were any. It is very light and feels wonderful.


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