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September morn

September 8, 2017

finally, after a very dry summer

we had a light sprinkling of rain

the hardy cyclamen are popping up all over

weaving is progressing slowly

but that is o.k. as I’m busy spinning silk weft for the second scarf

book pages for this month are started

why did I weave such a bright page?

what to do?

I used stamps sent from Velma

 they weren’t very clear on the woven fabric

so I chain stitched over them

and on the facing page a flowery colour wheel

the box is a very old cigar humidor that my mother kept her embroidery threads in

have you ever had one of those brilliant ideas

that isn’t quite so brilliant when it comes to doing it?thank goodness I at least tried sampling

a heart shape woven with cotton carpet warp – used for arashi shibori so it is indigo dyed

but the pattern is wonky (that is the best word I can think of)

and I strung the first threads horizontally

make a new pattern, pull out the nails and start over

test sample – again – with shifu/paper thread

think I’ve lost the original enthusiasm

more success with this orchid I’ve been nurturing for 3 years

nature is always perfect


8 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    September 11, 2017 6:12 am

    …and i can’t believe i never saw your book (in progress) when i was there! geesh!


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    September 11, 2017 6:11 am

    jean, you’re super busy, too. it’s so rich, this season of transition. if you haven”t tried this, you can tug a bit on the shifu components when you weave, but only a bit. my funky somewhat overspun kami-ito responds well to that! i do like your wonky heart.


    • September 11, 2017 7:58 am

      Velma – I’ve just finished a knitting sample with the same thread and had to give it a good straightening, it is overspun and quite strong. I’m on a kami-ito fling!


  3. September 11, 2017 4:50 am

    plants always come to rescue one way or another.yarns and textiles are more iffy 🙂


    • September 11, 2017 8:02 am

      Neki – plants can have their problems too, lost a very old, large rhodo this summer despite all efforts to save it.


  4. September 9, 2017 3:30 am

    I love those lazy daisy stitches on your book page! Your “eye” always impresses and surprises me–your own way of seeing things.


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