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November 9, 2015

on the weekend I visited the Quilters’ Guild Christmas show and sale

P1070900it was very well attended

there was thousands of hours of work

the prices were sadly low

P1070899this small piece was everyone’s favorite

a rooster with attitude!

the bottom border is a feather pattern with chicken wire on the three sides

the background fabric hand dyed

(sorry, I’ve lost the slip of paper with names)

P1070898this piece with the grey and white background

featuring the arbutus, common it this area, was very effective

P1070904handspun, 2 ply tussah silk dyed with liquid sumi ink

diluted – 1 part ink to 5 parts water

left to soak approximately 1 hour

P1070907 it shines like metal

P1070908the silk (top) and below shifu paper yarn

dyed in full strength ink

it has a strong but not unpleasant smell

 there is still enough left in the dye pot

so I’m going to start stitching a small shibori piece

can’t wait to see how the yarns weave

P1070912now, in the middle of my mess, I need to prepare for my Studio Tour

Sat. and Sun. Nov. 14-15

keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is nice

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  1. November 10, 2015 4:31 am

    I sure hope your weather is nice for the tour–you deserve a break! I LOVE the color of the dark gray silk–so rich and kind of mysterious. And, yes, prices for quilted objects always seem low to me, too. I’m not sure if it’s a measure of what the market will bear or makers unveiling their work, or what. Good luck with the studio tour!

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    • November 10, 2015 7:17 am

      Kerry – the ink makes the silk a little stiff but I think it will soften with weaving, I love the colour too. Weather is always iffy this time of year.

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  2. November 10, 2015 9:10 am

    Does the sumi ink make a permanent dye? (other inks sure seem to on clothes). The color is very nice.

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    • November 10, 2015 9:26 am

      Kristin – sumi is very different than any ink we know, ink sticks are made from soot and different kinds of hide glue. Some liquid ink is made from the same materials but it can also be made with a carbon and acrylic mix . They will give different colours and I have no experience with how well they wear over time. Initially, once they are dry they appear to be permanent. Even Chinese or Japanese inks may vary.

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  3. vdbolyard permalink
    November 10, 2015 3:59 pm

    i love the set of grays-black, can’t wait to see it woven!

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