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June 7, 2015

blogging has taken a back seat

P1060943the garden looks like a tropical jungle

the weather is hot – I love it

rhubarb is flourishing – that’s the indigo it is threatening


 the foxgloves self seeded – this one is climbing the maple tree

P1060939the patterns are delightful

P1060965the fairy fishing rods (dierama pulcherrimum) nod in the breeze

I won’t bore you with the weeds

P1060970it is too hot to struggle with this warp any longer

another 20 inches and I am DONE!

it might make very nice book covers

Knotty by Nature has some 2 ply, well-behaved linen

so I bought a cone to use as warp and later, much later, I’ll use the nasty stuff as weft

P1060951in the evenings, when I’m too tired to do anything else

I’ve been spinning tussah silk

orP1060948stitching shibori

the pattern is marked on cotton with a fading marker

(click on the picture to see the pattern)

P1060954that was a lot of stitching and gathering

P1060950it is like a three-dimensional sculpture

next it goes into the indigo

now I’m going out to mow the lawn.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Heather permalink
    June 9, 2015 12:41 pm

    Jean, what kind of indigo have you coaxed into growing in Western Canada, and is it flourishing?


    • June 9, 2015 12:53 pm

      Heather – I’ve grown it for many years, it’s Japanese knotweed (polygonum tinctoria). I start it inside and plant it out as soon as there is no chance of frost and get 2 cuts off it in the growing period. I let a couple of the first plants grow and flower to collect seeds.

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  2. June 9, 2015 9:54 am

    Stay cool, Jean. Your garden is so lush! And the weaving is a triumph. You deserve a treat – a smooth, cooperative warp next time, huh? Can’t wait to see how the shibori turns out.


    • June 9, 2015 10:02 am

      Heather – next warp is all handspun, can’t afford to make a mess. The shibori is in the process, needs a few more dips.


  3. June 9, 2015 1:13 am

    glorious foxglove.not to mention those gathers.i had to postpone my weaving because it’s too hot .


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    June 8, 2015 3:52 pm

    so much happening! do you get a chance to breathe?!


    • June 8, 2015 4:23 pm

      Velma – breathing I can handle – wish I could stop eating and sleeping, then there would be more time


  5. June 8, 2015 9:35 am

    I love your shibori all drawn up! It’s got such lovely texture. Hope you post the results after dyeing. Your rhubarb sure looks better than my poor specimens. Of course yours didn’t get pulped by a hail storm! Hopefully mine will recuperate next year. And I did get lots of rhubarb sauce before the damage so I’m not entirely sad.


    • June 8, 2015 10:01 am

      Louisa – rhubarb likes to be fed, give it a good dressing of compost and it will be good next year.Mine was early (like everything else) this year and it is almost finished. Sometimes the shibori looks so interesting just drawn up I don’t want to take it any further.


  6. June 8, 2015 5:24 am

    The gathered view is beautiful. I would hate to undo it.


    • June 8, 2015 8:13 am

      Alice – I use a double gathering thread and put a 1/4 inch snip of heavier yarn into the knot against the fabric. It helps to find the knot after dyeing and protects the fabric from accidental snipping.


  7. June 8, 2015 4:33 am

    I can identify completely with the way you’re feeling! I always think of summer as a quiet time, with plenty of opportunity to get caught up with things like blogging, but then reality hits and I’m scrambling! Your flowers are beautiful–I’ve never even heard of fairy fishing rods.


    • June 8, 2015 8:15 am

      Kerry – oh for a long lazy summer sitting in a deck chair reading a novel and sipping something cold!!


  8. Judi Bushby permalink
    June 8, 2015 2:03 am

    Always busy, Jean. Never struggling for something to do. I take my hat off to you and thoroughly enjoy your posts.


  9. June 7, 2015 4:57 pm

    Wowie Jean! You have been busy. I had Fairies Fishing Rods in my garden in Armidale. They are wonderful as they move constantly in the slightest breeze adding color and movement to the garden.


    • June 7, 2015 6:13 pm

      Myra – I love them because they look so delicate and in reality are quite hardy. I think we are on the northern border of their growing area and I don’t get great drifts of them like in California, that makes them even more special.


  10. Lis permalink
    June 7, 2015 3:11 pm

    Lovely flowers. You do so much, I think you must have more hours in Canadian days than in English ones!!


    • June 7, 2015 3:49 pm

      Lis – definitely could do with a few more hours in the day but no doubt I’d run out of steam. Think I’m slowing down, it worries me. Don’t want to confront the reasons why, there is always so much to do.


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