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showing off

May 14, 2015

the Tsouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild

invited me to show them my rag weaving and boro pieces

so with 2 bags packed I drove north

unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures

the camera wouldn’t work (my fault not the cameras!!)

P1060827later, at a friends farm for lunch – when I fixed me and the camera worked

this lovely red-breasted sapsucker was happy to pose beside the poppies

clothing 002this was one of the pieces I took to the guild

the start, several years ago, of using up handwoven samples

except for the lining all the fabric is woven

working around log cabin squares

all the piecing was machine stitched

 the seams were covered with a variety of hand stitches

P1060833the only fabric I wove specifically for this piece was a Monk’s belt warp

for the black and white – and some colour pieces

including five yellow squares on front and back sleeves and center back

representing a family crest

P1060845the lining repeated the black and white theme

P1060838and the ceramic buttons were a lucky find

P1060837the only problem – it is quite heavy

you have to eat your wheaties before wearing it for any length of time

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2015 3:01 am



  2. May 15, 2015 9:18 am

    Beautiful boro kimono, Jean! Definitely an Art-To-Wear piece. I always wondered why more isn’t being done with woven scraps. But then many weavers aren’t sewing garments. Scarves, shawls and placemats don’t leave many leftover bits, do they?

    Perfect photo of the sapsucker! He coordinates nicely with the poppies and knows it too.


    • May 15, 2015 9:42 am

      Louisa – as you know, those scraps are too precious to be left in a box. That bird is almost enough to make me move to the country!


  3. Lis permalink
    May 15, 2015 9:01 am

    Perfect for Winter wear. It is gorgeous and amazing.


  4. May 15, 2015 7:37 am

    A fabulous rescue. Sometimes the best pieces come from working within tight constraints. You really nailed this one.


  5. lagriccia permalink
    May 15, 2015 7:34 am

    A remarkable piece of art. Stunning.


    • May 15, 2015 8:15 am

      Blandina – it doesn’t get worn very often, not only is it heavy it is also very warm so guess it is more like an art piece.


  6. May 15, 2015 2:12 am

    This is great! It makes me think of an old crazy quilt, put together from scraps of important, cast-off fabric . . . but with a weaver’s angle and verve. That bird is gorgeous–I’ve never seen one and he picked the perfect flower, to enhance his own good looks!


  7. May 14, 2015 4:35 pm

    Gorgeous, Jean!


  8. May 14, 2015 3:19 pm

    If only all show offs were as knowledgeable and talented as you!


    • May 14, 2015 3:47 pm

      well thank you Heather – I’m blushing. I thought the sapsucker was showing off and he really had something to show, I’ve never seen one here, not enough wild woods.


  9. May 14, 2015 2:18 pm

    What a spectacular garment! Bravo!


  10. May 14, 2015 1:34 pm

    It is just beautiful. What a great use for all those scraps we accumulate .


    • May 14, 2015 1:50 pm

      Barb – I think those scraps multiply overnight. When they are woven, handspun and/or dyed they take on a whole new value.

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