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finish the old and start the new

January 4, 2015

the pile of “things to finished” is big enough without adding to it at the start of the year

the rag weave makes nice heavy cushions


finished with bias tape and velcro closings

stitching a zipper in rag weave can cause major headaches


P1060274and a three panel, Japanese style apron

modeled by Betsy the mannequin

her waist is much more photogenic than mine

P1060265the edges are finished with bias binding

made by cutting a square of fabric diagonally

stitching it back together along the short sides into a circular sleeve

P1060263and cutting the width you need

so much easier than cutting strips and sewing each narrow piece together

 on to new work for a new year


winding several skeins of natural dyed yarns into balls

this can take longer than planned!


then, winding a warp for a colour blending experiment

P1060280 Spring is poking up, guess I shouldn’t tempt fate

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2015 12:55 am

    how very productive!nice apron,lovely cushions and great colors in that warp.


  2. Renee' permalink
    January 5, 2015 2:09 pm

    Those cushions look wonderfully restful. I am totally impressed by the warping experiment. What happens if you decide you don’t like the way those colors go together? Do you take it all apart?


    • January 5, 2015 3:17 pm

      Renee’ the warp threads are fairly fine, sett at 30 ends per inch. once you measure them and wind them onto the loom there is no turning back. most of the colour blending will happen in the weft, that is where I can make changes.


  3. January 5, 2015 5:30 am

    You always have such interesting projects to keep you busy! The apron is very appealing and I always love seeing the first stages of a weaving project, and following what becomes of it.


    • January 5, 2015 7:09 am

      Kerry – after weaving for 40 years it is sometimes difficult to come up with new projects that are personally interesting.


  4. January 5, 2015 5:13 am

    Am loving those rag weaves, with your special stamp. Such a satisfying combination of random and organized.


    • January 5, 2015 7:11 am

      Alice – the simplicity of rag weaving is always appealing and there is always the element of surprise with the fabric patterns and colour.


  5. January 4, 2015 5:36 pm

    I like the apron too. It’s still high summer here. Very hot and humid and bushfires. Would love some cooler weather for sewing.


  6. January 4, 2015 2:09 pm

    I love that apron!


    • January 4, 2015 2:18 pm

      thanks Kjerstin – it is thick enough to take some very hard work – think Betsy can wear it for awhile.


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