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studio notes

June 16, 2016

slowly stitching the next hanten

writing careful notes and trying hard to get it right

one sleeved stitched in, the other waiting


the indigo dyed, handwoven shibori lining wasn’t wide enough

an extra  fabric panel in the center back was necessary

a stitched and tied shibori panel from last summer’s experiments

made a nice contrast

P1090986the collar fabric is still on the loom

same fibres, plain twill weave structure

one of the joys of weaving your own fabric is making contrasting fabrics

P1090984the 30 gallon indigo vat is strong

the little bag was woven 30 years ago with handspun silk/flax

and soaked up the colour

to have a new life as a pocket on the boro bag

P1090998June’s prayer flag is coming along – slowly

my first plan did not work – on to plan B

the same woven background as April/May

block resisted shibori dyed with kakishibu – the darker colour had an iron modifier

then a dragon stencil I cut

the theme is Magic

everyone needs a little magic in their life

P1100002memories from Shindo-san’s little gift shop

all hand stitched by his wife

a drawstring bag for my drop spindle

a tiny lapel pin bag, you can see how big it is by the penny

(click on the picture to make it bigger – you can see the fabric pulls on the drawstrings and the thread tails in the middle of each)

I wear it on my hanten

and a small, double sided table mat

the ceramic Buddha was a gift many years ago from the friend I was with


8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2016 5:07 am

    This post reflects the richness of your life, Jean!


  2. June 17, 2016 3:41 am

    The magic of small things.


  3. vdbolyard permalink
    June 16, 2016 6:18 pm

    ah, this is lovely. your spindle bag is perfect!


  4. June 16, 2016 3:38 pm

    Oh, this hasten is going to look great! Love that little Buddha!


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