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colours in the heat

July 4, 2015

three different warps in a week – even I think that’s a little bit crazy

blame it on the heat

P1070135the hollyhocks are loving it

P1070129there is going to be a bumper crop of grapes

we are experiencing a heat wave

it doesn’t compare to other places I’ve lived – Malaysia, Panama, Japan and the Caribbean

But for Victoria, cooled by ocean breezes, it’s HOT

we haven’t had any significant rain in more than 2 months

Vancouver Island is now on the highest level of the drought scale

and forest fires are burning all across the province

it is going to be a long Summer

P1070163left and center are the second warp

because this is a turned draft the pattern threads and tabby are in the warp

in the first samples I only used 2/8 cotton

for this warp, 2/8 cotton for the pattern threads and 2/16 for the tabby and weft

in the small samples (top to bottom) weft is 2 ply handspun hemp in a mustard-y yellow

2/16 burgundy cotton, then a space dyed sock yarn and finally a dark purple reeled silk

(click to enlarge)

P1070165the long piece, far left has the same weft as the tabby warp

in each warp I’ve changed the block sequence in the threading

P1070166this little bag worked up nicely from the first warp

it is folded like a Japanese tsuno-bukuro traditional rice bag

hand stitched on the bias it is very stretchy

P1070168lining gives it more stability

the top shape depends on both the width and length of fabric

I turned back the lining fabric to fill in the little V

 the extended flap folds down and fastens with a fabric button

P1070171stitched and beaded

the third warp is almost finished

P1070170interesting how only two colours change everything

not so many sampling choices

again, two weights of yarn – it looks more like a traditional overshot.

I’m going out to do a rain dance!

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2015 3:07 pm

    The bag is so pretty – what a nice pattern. Is the lining on the same grain as the woven fabric, or 90 degrees to it…speaking of 90 degrees, good luck with the rain dance, be sure and wear a hat and don’t get your hopes up!


    • July 4, 2015 3:34 pm

      Kjerstin – the lining is on the straight grain, the original purpose for these bags was to hold rice – the stretcher the better. I want my bags to look a little more civilized.It might make a very nice Hitty traveling bag!! I’ll be sure to wear my hat, sunscreen and galoshes!


  2. July 4, 2015 3:36 pm

    Enjoying the diagonal folds. Suits your cloth perfectly.


    • July 4, 2015 3:41 pm

      Alice – it is fun to play with the pattern on the diagonal. Without a lining it is a very stretchy bag, good for fibre and a drop spindle.


  3. July 4, 2015 3:58 pm

    Love your second warp. Sympathize with you and the heat we are hot here also in the Houston, Tx area but we were lucky to have rain this year that broke our drought and filled the lakes again.


    • July 4, 2015 4:35 pm

      Barb – happy you like the warp, I’m still trying to decide on that one. I like the heat, not good in the cold. It is the crops and forest fires that are a real concern.


  4. July 5, 2015 3:17 am

    For someone who was just talking about having no weaving mojo, you are very productive! Being me, I like the blue and white best and I love the little bag you made. My hollyhocks are in bloom, too, but I didn’t get raspberry ones yet this year–mine are all peach and yellow.


    • July 5, 2015 6:25 am

      Kerry – sampling is just a way of looking for something interesting. I planted yellow ones but they haven’t bloomed, the dark purple are abundant – I freeze the blossoms and dye with them at the end of the summer. Don’t know where the raspberry one came from but it is pretty, haven’t tried dyeing with it yet.


  5. July 5, 2015 6:44 am

    The little bag is lovely: the colours, the lining, the way the fold meets the in the middle of a stripe, the diagonals, your inspiration and adaptation of a traditional form and that wonderful button…thanks for sharing, Diana


    • July 5, 2015 9:01 am

      Diana – thank you, the bag was one of those little things that almost planned itself and came together quickly and easily. It would be nice if there was more projects like that.


  6. July 6, 2015 12:48 am

    the second warp colors are very attractive. you can come visit if you like the heat.and please come with your rain dance gear, we need lots of rain.


  7. vdbolyard permalink
    July 6, 2015 5:17 pm

    the bag is a fine thing. stats here are out–double the average rain this june. that’s why it’s so LUSH here…maybe we got yours?!


    • July 6, 2015 6:23 pm

      Velma – this is no longer just a weather story – 180 active fires burning in the province, the sky over Vancouver is a yellow/orange blanket of smoke – we had the same yesterday. Air quality warnings now posted, never before here on the coast and now one firefighter death. We are not even in the height of fire season. And Saskatchewan is worse with 1,700 people evacuated and the army called in. We have an idiot for a Prime Minister who doesn’t believe in global warming, hopefully he will be gone in the coming election.


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