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slow and steady

December 16, 2014

the linen napkins were very slow to weave

about 16 inches in 3 hours!

P1060128the length of the napkin strips (before a join was necessary)

and the width of the warp were similar

the bumps caused by the overlapped join occured in the same place

although the napkins were stained they had not been well used

  they were still stiff and would have been easier to weave if washed several times

P1060122Heather (via James) sent me her tablecloth pieces

leftover from sewing pyjamas – that’s recycling at its best!

they are lovely and soft, hopefully the weaving will go more quickly

I cut them at approximately 1/2 inch and the lengths are much longer

some of them will go into the indigo vat in the summer

P1060125still stitching every night

my fingers have callouses

P1060123for some soft relief I’ve been spinning very fine tussah silk

P1060100another day another sunset

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  1. December 16, 2014 2:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing a great idea! I’m making wash rags, 12 by 12, using t shirts for weft and having a grand old time. Jane

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  2. myrajdunn permalink
    December 16, 2014 11:29 pm

    The stuff you do is really SO interesting, Jean . I love the way you experiment so courageously and the results are always amazing.

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    • December 17, 2014 7:49 am

      Myra – thank you, I’m not good at repeating the same thing so just have to keep trying something new.

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  3. Kathy permalink
    December 18, 2014 9:04 pm

    I ‘earned’ caluses this fall, hand sewing the crests onto Carrie’s camp blanket. They do not feel very pleasant. That being said, I would like to try the hand sewing you are doing.

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    • December 18, 2014 10:12 pm

      Kathy – badges are hard to sew, they are so stiff and thick. my sewing is running stitch, just in and out, in and out through several layers of very worn, thin cloth. it becomes a bit boring.

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  4. Renee' permalink
    December 21, 2014 9:06 am

    Your commitment is inspiring. Your stitching is so even and it is so interesting to see how it develops.

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    • December 21, 2014 10:24 am

      Renee’ – thank you. I have realized that when you do a great deal of running stitch you develop a technique that has a rhythm and the stitches become very consistent without having to try to make them even.

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