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autumn leaves

November 16, 2016

3 3/4 oz. of spindle spun silk

p1100891added to the stash

p1100904now, what to weave??

p1100900starting to prepare and spin kami ito – paper thread

a sprinkle of black beans on the torn paper strips

prevents them from tangling while being spun

p1100909the cut paper is placed in a damp towel overnight

then rolled on a rough surface to soften the paper and start the spin

 spun on a drop spindle

p1100907then added to a different stash

p1100897the prayer flag is almost finished

on a handwoven linen background

with kakishibu dyed weft threads

the bottom border and small leaves are also dyed with kaki

I’m living with it for a few days to see if it needs anything added

from a slow start it came together quickly

influenced by all the leaves I had to rake

I wanted to portray the Autumn of life

the process of returning to the dust from which all things come

p1100899the bright colours seem to be a little too cheerful

 ” nothing, including ourselves and this moment, remains unchanged.”

time marches on

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2016 6:17 am

    think you’re the first person i know with a kami ito stash !

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    • November 22, 2016 9:29 am

      Neki – that is so funny, I never thought of it that way. I still have several sheets of paper to cut and spin, then I’ll have to think of something special to do with it.

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  2. Lis Harwood permalink
    November 17, 2016 1:00 pm

    A perfect flag for the season and the way things are at the moment. Beautiful work, as ever.

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    • November 17, 2016 1:25 pm

      Hi Lis – only one more to go! It has been a bit of a depressing month, think Dec.’s flag will be titled “hope”

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  3. November 17, 2016 3:28 am

    We can be cheerful, even in the autumn of life, right? I like the colors and the concept of the flag a lot, just as they are.

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    • November 17, 2016 9:43 am

      Kerry – think it is vitally important to be cheerful in the autumn of life – a time to get wild and crazy!!

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  4. November 16, 2016 5:51 pm

    Jean, your work is so inspiring. I love the black bean trick.

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    • November 16, 2016 10:50 pm

      Heather – leaned the trick from Hiroko Karuni in her book “Kigami and Kami-ito. It works and the book is a gem.

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  5. Kristin permalink
    November 16, 2016 4:45 pm

    Your stashes always looks so yummy! And your prayer flag has such a nice seasonal feel.

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