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October 18, 2015

late bloomer

P1070793the Gentian blue is so bright and clear it is difficult to believe it is natural

P1070813natural dyes continue to fascinate and surprise

carded silk dyed in purple hollyhocks, spun and plyed

silk dyed in fresh marigolds – it is even greener than the picture shows

cutting the sumi practice paper for shifu thread

P1070790two sheets of paper opened out on damp towels

P1070804to relax and soften overnight

P1070812rolling the damp paper on a slab of slate

meanwhile, the weaving is continuing – slowly

P1070794instead of changing a weft colour every block

I’m changing one colour after every four blocks

it still looks complex but goes a little faster

colour is music to my eyes!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Renee' permalink
    October 20, 2015 9:21 pm

    oh I have been away too long. You are up to fabulous and wonderful things. The sumi is remarkable. There used to be a class here in my city I wonder if it’s still there.


    • October 20, 2015 10:59 pm

      Renee’ – I’ve never had proper lessons, when I was at Kawashima in Kyoto my roommate would teach me in the evenings. I enjoy grinding the ink stick and making the ink.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    October 20, 2015 2:45 pm

    all that sumi practice paper is beautifully sustainable. or upcycled. or recycled. or reused. or recycled. or just plain used. just used. beautifully used and used and used.


    • vdbolyard permalink
      October 20, 2015 2:45 pm

      …just like the spent hollyhock blossoms……


    • October 20, 2015 4:48 pm

      Velma – the kiraku kozo is beautiful paper and I’m having a lovely time mixing the sumi ink. Am thinking about how to use it as a dye. One thing leads to another – dyeing shifu yarn with hollyhocks? next year.


  3. October 19, 2015 9:13 am

    Love all the gorgeous colours too. And what a great use for your practice pieces! I’ve used sewing pattern tissue for shifu myself but that looks so beautiful.


    • October 19, 2015 9:36 am

      Louisa – the making and weaving of shifu is far too labor intensive to waste the time using sewing tissue. this is handmade Japanese paper (kikaku kozo) at $10 a sheet. the woven fabric should last a couple lifetimes.


  4. October 19, 2015 5:03 am

    I like how you’re always involved in different explorations–so curious and alive!


  5. emilysuzanna permalink
    October 18, 2015 11:35 am

    I Love the weaving! Will it be becoming tea towels?


    • October 18, 2015 11:57 am

      Suzanna – good guess, tea towels for the studio tour in Nov. Weave structure is far too slow but it was good to work out the problems in cotton, on towels.


  6. October 18, 2015 11:20 am

    Busy…I love that blue gentian and it is always nice to see what you are getting up to!


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