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October 17, 2016

well, the big wind missed us

p1100717all is calm at the seashore

p1100732a great variety of kelp has washed ashore

p1100721beaches are covered with driftwood and logs

p1100729the crustose rock lichen has swollen with the rain

p1100744leaves have blanketed the graveyard

p1100741and mushrooms are popping up everywhere

p1100756October’s prayer flag is finished

p1100758the details are mostly in the stitching

p1100715now I can get back to shibori stitching on the linen bed cover

this is going to take a year!

p1100751I tried dyeing the kimono roll of chirimen silk

lac and logwood

it didn’t give the nice clear resists I was hoping for

might be the textured surface of the silk

will have to do more samples before dyeing the hanten lining I was planning.

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  1. October 18, 2016 3:33 am

    The stitching on the prayer flag is wonderful. You’ve had a lot of practice making stitches, what with the shibori and all . . .

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  2. Kristin permalink
    October 18, 2016 7:14 am

    Wow! that driftwood is enormous. Is the kelp edible? Your prayer flag is adorable. Are those persimmons?

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    • October 18, 2016 8:20 am

      Kristin – log booms are still towed by tug to the mills, a certain amount of logs end up on the beaches in the winter when we get strong winds. Kelp is probably edible but you would need more remote areas with clean water. Could be persimmons but i was thinking tomatoes.

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  3. October 18, 2016 10:31 am

    Yup, last storm missed us too. Good! I love the lac and logwood shibori. It has a soft watercolour look. And chirimen silk is delicious! I have a piece that I’ve been afraid to use in case I mess it up.

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    • October 18, 2016 1:01 pm

      Louisa – I didn’t scour the chirimen sample and it was the end of an old kimono length so that might help. I think the soft, bleeding edges is caused by the crepe texture. I’ve decided to continue and dye enough for lining, have an entire 12 metre length so fingers crossed.

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  4. vdbolyard permalink
    October 21, 2016 11:19 am

    so glad you didn’t blow away. yet.
    do folks use the driftwood for fires?

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    • October 21, 2016 12:37 pm

      Velma – “yet” is the operative word, winter winds yet to come! many people do use the wood but it is soaked in salt and in the case of boom logs sometimes a tarry/oil substance and can be damaging to chimneys and I suspect lungs.

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