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summer threads

July 23, 2017

 never having woven on a backstrap loom

I decided it was wise not to mix too many new challenges in the same warp

 the reed works nicely on the Le Clerc table loom

  I’m using an antique Japanese shuttle

I wonder what it has woven before and who’s hands have held it?

first I had to cut and sand bamboo bobbins

it has rollers/wheels on the underside – next shuttle race here we come!

and a unique mechanism for securing the bobbin

a beautiful, functional tool made before cost was the bottom line

the weft is all shifu yarn – dyed with indigo, madder, kakishibu, sumi ink

and my calligraphy practice paper

there are secrets hidden in those threads

another new book

Diligence and Elegance

The Nature of Japanese Textiles

it is an exhibition catalogue from the Textile Museum of Canada

and is pictured with Kigami and Kami-ito by Hiroko Karuno

both books are available from the Museum shop

the exhibition runs from July 12, 2017 – January 21, 2018

the exhibition features the Museum’s extensive collection of Japanese Textiles

as well as contemporary work by Keiko Shintani and Hiroko Karuno

I’m trying to think how I can justify a quick trip to Toronto?

the planning committee for Treadle Lightly had a celebratory lunch

cheers to Christine for keeping us all on track

relaxed and happywhat’s next ladies?





8 Comments leave one →
  1. elserine sprenger permalink
    August 6, 2017 3:33 pm

    It was a fantastic conference. Thanks to all for your hard work and dedication. Loved Bryan’s katazome workshop!


    • August 6, 2017 4:04 pm

      Elserine – thanks, I’ll pass that along at our final committee meeting. I’ve just finished writing my final report. Glad you enjoyed Bryan’s workshop, he extended his stay in Australia, still there I think.


  2. July 26, 2017 2:56 am

    the reed at work! this piece rounds the meaning of tex-tile.
    re toronto: any excuse will do.go for it.


  3. July 24, 2017 3:50 am

    My favorite part of the post was the idea that secret words are woven into your fabric–such an evocative concept!


  4. July 23, 2017 9:52 pm

    You all deserve kudos for a job well done! Congrats all around and now you can breathe again, right?


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