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a celebration

September 28, 2015

today is a celebration

FIVE years blogging – 788 posts!

little did I know five years ago where this would lead me


after some cloudy days and much-needed rain the sun has returned

an opportunity to cut down another small walnut tree

this time to try dyeing with the bark

P1070686after stripping the bark

P1070687chopping it (with the kitchen scissors) into 1/2 inch bits

and pouring boiling water over it

 it can sit and steep for 2-3 weeks – patience required

P1070695meanwhile, the surprise of this dye session

marigolds – frozen, not dried

(now there is space in the freezer for winter food)

P1070691it was impossible to photograph the exact colour

even the camera was shocked!

a bright, garish moss-green on handspun tussah silk

in the samples the small bombyx silk skein is a much softer colour

and the wool is a dark khaki

alum mordant used on all

at the loom – not so much a surprise as a challenge


only four harnesses – classic crackle


three colours in the weft

one colour being dropped and a new one added after every 17 thread block

after several false starts and some “un-weaving”

labels on the shuttles – but they have to change with the block change

 this is it


if there are any threading mistakes they may never be seen


the celebration is for the friends made over the internet

thank you

to all those who take the time to leave a comment

thank you

those personal connections are what make blogging worthwhile

22 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2015 9:10 am

    Really a gorgeous green!


  2. September 28, 2015 11:29 am

    Congratulations Jean! I am so glad to have met you through your blog!


  3. Lis permalink
    September 28, 2015 12:43 pm

    Congratulations Jean, five years and very frequent posts is a wonderful achievement. I love your blog (even though I’ll never be a weaver) and it was a delight to get to know you in Japan, I hope we meet again in real life but, in the meantime, online is good.


    • September 28, 2015 1:16 pm

      Lis – I would love to think we will meet again “in real life”. I always look forward to your blog – even though I’ll never be a quilter – but it is so nice to keep in touch. Take care.


  4. lagriccia permalink
    September 28, 2015 11:46 pm

    Congratulations Jean, what an achievement. Yet no surprise: as a weaver you have to be persistent!
    I love your marigold silk, it looks soft and luscious.


    • September 29, 2015 8:17 am

      Hi Blandina – I see that persistence – or lack of it – in my students and can almost guess who will continue weaving. Nice to hear from you.


  5. September 29, 2015 1:18 am

    congratulations on your blog anniversary.
    i am having a thing with green now ,but not any green will do 😉
    lord that green looks scrumptious.


    • September 29, 2015 8:14 am

      Neki – the green was quite a surprise, it will be interesting to pair with other colours.


  6. September 29, 2015 4:17 am

    5 years is a huge accomplishment, especially when you do so much of everything else! I love the colors you got from the marigold. Everything looks great, actually!


    • September 29, 2015 8:13 am

      Kerry – blogging takes more time than I thought it would. The marigold was a big surprise, I expected yellow and golds.


  7. September 29, 2015 8:14 am

    congrats on the anniversary, though i still can’t get over the GREEN!!! wow. amazing color and blog.


  8. vdbolyard permalink
    October 1, 2015 1:43 pm

    huge congratulations on the ‘versary and that green is totally wonderful. i love how you use up your yard, the stuff becomes other stuff and sometimes it becomes colormagic!


    • October 1, 2015 3:09 pm

      Velma – I love the natural dyeing, you use all your countryside for papermaking, you know how much time and energy it takes. Looking forward to winter and a rest.


  9. October 2, 2015 5:17 pm

    Congratulations! What a milestone – thank you for all your posts – I love your blog!


  10. October 5, 2015 4:15 am

    You have inspired me to try apple bark. Had to cut a branch and it had some interesting moss on it. I have cut it and am soaking it for a week. Thank you for the idea.


    • October 5, 2015 8:07 am

      Felt Ewe – I will be interested to hear what colour you get, maybe very different from the walnut. Was it moss or lichen? What fibre are you going to dye?


  11. October 6, 2015 9:56 pm

    Running very late but wanted to congratulate you on your 5 years of blogging, Jean! I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. So inspiring!


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