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July 19, 2017

that last spindle of tussah silk was needed now the weaving is finished

modeled by Betsy, it will be some type of top – just need to decide on a pattern

the fabric is light and very soft

it drapes nicely

next I’ll weave a companion fabric with the black silk

to use for trim

meanwhile — the reed is finished

I ran out of string and don’t think it is possible to join while still knotting

so the reed is 12 1/2 long

the cut ends of the bamboo slats are sharp and I wanted to protect them

first I covered them with old, cotton sheeting

and then the Japanese handmade paper I use to cut shifu – kiraku kozo

I don’t think it is really strong enough

but I covered the paper strips in my favorite rice paste glue –  now available here

 once dry it is very strong

I’m doing a happy dance!

now, I’m going to try weaving with it

at 22 epi this –  new to me – hemp yarn, which cost A LOT, seems like a good choice

combined with some indigo dyed cotton

can’t wait to get started

14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2017 8:00 am

    it is so satisfying making your own tools isn’t it? the fabric is gorgeous and will look wow with the woven trim.


    • July 24, 2017 8:39 am

      Neki – making the reed was very satisfying, unfortunately without the tools and materials to prepare the bamboo I can’t make any more. Of course that prevents me from obsessively making several more!


  2. July 20, 2017 8:37 am

    Your finished fabric is very beautiful and the reed is just amazing! Can’t wait to see what you make with the hemp. I love that stuff, pricey tough it is.


    • July 20, 2017 9:18 am

      Louisa – thank you, I love my reed. I’d use a lot more of the hemp if it wasn’t so expensive.


  3. July 20, 2017 4:39 am

    What lovely images of all your work! I love that indigo and natural combo–can’t wait to see what comes out of the reed!


    • July 20, 2017 7:33 am

      Kerry – the hemp yarn is really nice but very expensive. I want to use it for woven shibori and see how it dyes. Just sort of sampling with the new reed.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    July 20, 2017 12:58 am

    you finished! not me, not yet, but it’s right here…maybe this weekend while recuperating from today’s surgery!


    • July 20, 2017 7:30 am

      Velma – Kristin was in Bryan’s class and has been leaving comments, which was helpful when finishing the reed. I would love to make a second one. I’ll be thinking of you, take it easy.


  5. July 19, 2017 7:54 pm

    The Tussah silk yardage already looks like a wonderful garment! you are amazing!


    • July 19, 2017 8:29 pm

      Kjerstin – it is the hand and drape of the fabric that is very nice, think it is the combination of silk and handspun singles cotton


  6. Kristin permalink
    July 19, 2017 3:00 pm

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to see the hemp/cotton you weave with the new reed 🙂


    • July 19, 2017 3:16 pm

      Kristin – when I finished the reed,tying the string in a double cross I didn’t split the end piece to secure it but slipped the end under the cross and then glued it under the paper. It seems to be strong.


      • Kristin permalink
        July 19, 2017 6:25 pm

        Great! I think the end splits are great for when you are making the impossibly fine reeds with 50 or more slats per inch and really fine thread. When I make more with the thicker thread, I will skip the split part and use glue like you did.


      • July 19, 2017 8:27 pm

        Kristin – that last piece of bamboo had started to split and I glued it, I was afraid to make the slits in it in case they just kept going.


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