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March 13, 2016

a full gale is blowing as we spring forward into daylight saving time

cherry blossoms are falling like snow flakes

meanwhile the shibori stitching is progressing

P1080425reached the half way mark and starting to gathering up the threads

making it much easier to handle such a large piece of fabric

I’m on the second 200m spool of thread

after gathering and before tying off the thread


I’ve bundled them into chains, like a warp, to reduce the tangled mess

before committing the loom and the weaver to the unknown linen

I wisely decided to sample

must be the wisdom of experience and advancing age!

P1080414oh, beautiful Irish linen

first sample – linen on linen

not a single broken warp thread

no sizing and I didn’t even have to treat it with spray starch

(my solution to control fuzzy warp yarns)

P1080416epi 36 – sleyed in a 12 dent reed, 3 to a dent


P1080420hand cut and spun paper yarn, kami-ito

P1080437after washing and pressing

the final three samples

woven with ( right to left)

you can click on the picture to enlarge

handspun natural brown cotton

handspun silk, natural dyed a pale cream

merino (wool) dyed with rhubarb root

now I can happily wind and weave a 6 yd. linen warp

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2016 4:34 pm

    Jean: Love the linen samples! What pattern did you use? Is that a Bronson Lace? Whatever it is, I have a use for it, if you can share. Elaine


    • March 16, 2016 10:43 pm

      Elaine – as I wrote in the blog the pattern is out of an old Finnish book – it is 6 harness and I added plain weave selvedges on an extra 2 harnesses. How many harnesses do you have?


  2. Jean-Pierre permalink
    March 15, 2016 3:50 am

    Enjoy your trip! Should be pleasantly warm by then. I’ve heard it’s been swinging between warm and chilly the last couple of weeks.


  3. Jean-Pierre permalink
    March 14, 2016 11:27 am

    Hi. The linen originated from Mrs. Mandu’s (Ihara-san) treasure trove in Suzuka, Mie. I am so glad to see that it has finally found its purpose. Mrs. Mandu probably had it for a few decades, inherited from her mother, who ran a dressmaking shop in the post-war years, the 50s and 60s. I’ll show Mrs. Mandu these photos when I go back to Japan at the end of this month.


    • March 14, 2016 11:46 am

      Jean-Pierre – thanks for the history. Linen can be difficult thus the reason for sampling but this wove beautifully without a single problem. Now winding the warp for yardage, maybe there will be more pictures in a couple weeks. Thank you and Mrs. Mandu, it is difficult to get such high quality yarn these days. I’m leaving for 3 weeks to Fujino, Kanagawa-ken and then Osaka on April 22 so will see how quickly the weaving proceeds.


  4. March 14, 2016 4:00 am

    So, you sampled all those wefts, all on the linen warp? It’s so neat to see the comparison. Which will you use for the actual weaving?


    • March 14, 2016 8:51 am

      Kerry – that’s what a sample warp is for, to play and learn. I’ll use the linen for weft, don’t have enough of any of the others to weave 6 yards. I love the paper (shifu) and the silk is very nice.


  5. vdbolyard permalink
    March 13, 2016 11:32 pm

    jean, these are super wonderful.


  6. March 13, 2016 5:01 pm

    Wow! So beautiful. You are the only person I know who could handle such fine thread.


    • March 13, 2016 5:20 pm

      Heather – the silk and cotton setts we wove with at Kawashima were often 80 epi, now that is fine! The linen is beautiful and wonderful to work with, thank you.


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