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February 23, 2015

time to start thinking about planting

P1060483first on the list is starting the indigo indoors

and dreaming with the seed catalogue

Seedy Saturday, an annual event to get gardeners in the mood, was on the weekend

there was even some weaving

P1060474this Bushtit’s nest is a work of art

 cotton spinning is progressing slowly

P1060485I’m plying it with a fine linen singles

P1060486it’s much nicer than I thought possible

P1060481another tea towel warp

I was planning something a little more luxurious

but the Studio Tour is approaching, in April, and tea towels were on the list

a multi-coloured warp took time to wind

hopefully the threading will be trouble-free

the front beam of my loom is easily removed so I can sit inside the loom and be comfortable

but once again I’ve choosen a two shuttle, 10 harness pattern

so the weaving will take time

I don’t put on an extra long warp in one colour/pattern and weave dozens of towels simply changing the weft colour

if I had to weave that way I’d become a potter

so-o – turn up the music and carry on!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2015 8:06 am

    Plying cotton with single thin linen – what a nice crepe effect! I am starting to glance at my indigo seeds too, how many plants do you grow on average?

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  2. March 1, 2015 2:56 am

    Seedy Saturday, how lovely.

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  3. trl710 permalink
    February 27, 2015 10:35 am

    Your yarn is lovely. Also, I see you studied in Japan. I’d like to talk/email to you about that as I am recently retired and have been thinking of doing that in the fall. Do you have some time to discuss that?

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  4. February 25, 2015 3:22 am

    i returned and saw i’d forgotten to mention that wonderful nest! is it mostly lichens?

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    • February 25, 2015 7:51 am

      Velma – it seemed to be a collection of many things with lichen on the outside, I loved the elongated shape with the entry hole at the top.

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  5. February 25, 2015 12:46 am

    our temps are ok for planting. however the north wind is windwipping all the established plants lost my hibiscus :(. waiting until mid march to start planting.
    the yarn looks incredible!

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    • February 25, 2015 7:56 am

      Neki – I’ll be spinning that cotton for several months then plan to dye it and weave towels.

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  6. February 24, 2015 10:12 am

    I’m sure you could send your seeds across the border if you just sent it as a regular letter. I got my Japanese indigo seeds that way from a lady in Virginia, no problems. I’m not quite starting seeds yet – but very soon!

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    • February 24, 2015 10:26 am

      Louisa -the rules are changing so fast it is hard to keep up. I had seeds coming from Japan (in a letter) seized at Van. airport and received a nasty letter. Go figure! some over zealous custom person?

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  7. February 24, 2015 4:22 am

    I like reading that you’re starting to think about planting seeds–maybe someday spring will come here, too!

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    • February 24, 2015 8:12 am

      Kerry – whenever people here talk about the weather they mention “how lucky we are” – you’ve had a hard winter and it seems to be going on and on.

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  8. February 23, 2015 6:05 pm

    starting seeds…it won’t happen here for a while yet. but oh, the sun is around a whole lot more these days!

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  9. February 23, 2015 2:04 pm

    That cotton/linen is exquisite. I am a late starter at spinning, but with everyday practice it is improving…slowly. I would love to grow indigo; is it difficult to grow from seed? May I ask which seed catalogue do you use?

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    • February 23, 2015 4:20 pm

      Diana – practice makes perfect, I’ve been spinning – and weaving for 40++ years so guess I can say I’m no longer practicing. The cotton is spun on a Turkish drop spindle but it is plied on my wheel. Indigo is an annual, I grow polygonum tinctoria and I save my seeds from the previous year. The original came from Japan several years ago. If you are in Canada I can send you some – don’t think they can cross the border. I start them in pots inside and only plant them out after I am sure there won’t be frost. They are a weed and easy to grow with good fertilizer, lots of sun and water to get them established.

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      • February 24, 2015 3:23 am

        Thank you for your thoughtful reply and kind seed offer. Sadly, I am not in Canada.

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      • February 24, 2015 8:21 am

        Diana – try googling “indigo seeds and see if you can find someone in your area who is willing to share. Rena at http://www.riihivilla.blogspot.com writes a wonderful blog on natural dyes with experiments on growing and dyeing with indigo – in Finnish and English.

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