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trying to keep cool

August 2, 2015

 I’m enjoying the freedom of weaving samples – they don’t have to BE something

P10703074 harness, 4 block crackle

the warp alternates green and beige

with numerous choices to experiment with weft colours

crackle is a block pattern

and requires an incidental warp thread between blocks


 cutting the original incidental thread and tying in a different colour

(this is what sampling is for!)

gives definition to the blocks

P1070322the new warp threads are threaded through holes in a piece of stiff cardboard

(to keep them from tangling)

and weighed individually over the back beam

meanwhile, the stitching is finished on a larger shibori piece

P1070323all those tiny little stitches!

P1070325now the circles need to be tied – seventy of them

when I can’t think any more I spin

P1070330natural cotton, a hand woven cedar basket and my favorite Turkish spindle


now I’m off to water the garden

11 Comments leave one →
  1. myrajdunn permalink
    August 4, 2015 4:47 pm

    Just amazing, Jean. Love your stuff.


    • August 4, 2015 4:59 pm

      Hi Myra – thank you, how are you doing? Winter almost over? We are having a hot, dry summer, on the top of the scale with water restrictions. The gardens are taking a beating and I am exhausted watering just the important bits by hand.. Over 150 forest fires burning in just this province. All a bit worrying.


  2. August 4, 2015 9:57 am

    i live in that cardboard device,sigh.
    isn’t it freeing that one doesn’t have to produce something?! i8’m taking a break from sewing and just playing around.


    • August 4, 2015 10:15 am

      Neki – I visit an 87 yr. old master weaver every week and take my work for “show and tell”. She always asks “what is it, what will it be”? In her day they all wove their drapes, upholstery, table cloths, winter coats etc. When they didn’t need anything more many of them just quit weaving. Our guild still has several of them, they haven’t woven in 20 years. Times change!


  3. August 3, 2015 5:00 am

    Hooray for sampling. Your cardboard anti-tangling device is very clever; must make a note of that.


    • August 3, 2015 7:52 am

      Alice – sampling is the perfect summer project. The cardboard thingy is primitive but works well.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    August 3, 2015 3:14 am

    when i can’t think any more i spin is PERFECT.


  5. August 3, 2015 2:18 am

    When I read about your experimenting, I realize how tame my weaving is–I need to try some new things!


  6. August 2, 2015 9:37 pm

    Goodness, we sure spend enough time watering these days, don’t we? Poor plants. I feel for them. It’s hard to give them enough of a drink to keep them happy. Can’t wait to see how that shibori piece turns out!


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