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February 16, 2017

having fun

p1110265three more mini kimono

p1110264working on improving my sewing technique

I tried machine stitching a lining but they are small with several corners

it was almost as quick to hand stitch and much easier

turned right side out and stitch

my sashiko is a bit rough – and not finished yet

the boro is definitely raggy

 top left corner scrap is an indigo dyed damask napkin, I like how the dye brings out the pattern

thinking ahead to the next warp – if the tea towels ever get finished!

p1110266rags – maybe mix & match place mats for the next studio tour

the rags are too small and irregular to tear so cutting slowly

looking for inspiration I discovered this book hidden on a shelf

p1110269I ordered it some time ago

there is a lesson to be learned about ordering on-line

what was I thinking??

not my cup of tea – or glass of wine!

after weaving for 40 years, weaving is an integral part of my life

it did get me to bring out the small tapestry loom

although that might be as far as it goes

4 Comments leave one →
  1. elserine sprenger permalink
    February 18, 2017 4:32 pm

    Hi Jean, Bit of a conundrum… I want to dye with Sumi ink on wool (making ink with Sumi stick), but not sure if I would need to set the dye somehow??. With steaming the wool would shrink. Would you have any suggestions? Thanks, elserine (Nanoose Bay)


    • February 18, 2017 4:56 pm

      Elserine – I’ve used sumi on paper thread and on silk and didn’t use a mordant on either. The silk is quite stiff and I haven’t used it so am not sure if it will soften with use, it smells wonderful. I would do a small sample first because it might make wool very stiff and you could try it without a mordant and see if it works. for the silk I used a liquid silk bought on Fisgard Street in one of the Chinese novelty stores. good luck.


  2. February 17, 2017 3:09 am

    I love the little kimonos–like doodling around with fabric and thread.


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