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a little bit of everything

January 15, 2018

the tea towels are weaving quickly – each one different

that’s good but what’s the rush?

playing with colour

the main colour is “plum” -a dark reddish purple

and of course, blue and white

not sure what is next – the stash is getting low on colour choices

as the yarn stash didn’t have the red required in the tapestry

I spun a small skein

while at the shop I couldn’t resist this blend of Merino and silk

but when spun was rather beige and boring

last year’s book needs a safe place to rest

so I’m attempting to make a book box

after careful calculations the book board is cut

instructions in “Japanese Book-Binding – Instructions from a Master Craftsman ” are very precise

I’m starting with the simplest design – on the left

unfortunately it requires two bone clasps or kohaze

which are glued into the cover while putting it all together

after a search on google the only ones I could find are at Talas Bookbinding Supplies

maybe I will try carving wooden ones

or I could go down to Victoria’s Chinatown,  buy a little box and use the clasps on it?

I’ll cover the bookboard with old Japanese kimono silk

that should keep me busy


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy permalink
    January 20, 2018 9:13 am

    What lovely projects! I’m with you, towel warps weave up too quickly, so it’s good to savor the weaving moment.


    • January 20, 2018 9:51 am

      Judy – I often weave tea towels as samplers in a new, to me, weave structure. That makes the weaving more interesting, you learn something and have something useful.


  2. January 19, 2018 9:02 am

    ♥that book,a real gem.the plum towel is really attractive


  3. January 17, 2018 4:24 am

    What variety! You must never be bored. Why does a towel warp go so fast?! I always wish mine would last longer. And I don’t think that spun yarn is boring at all–it’s subtle but gorgeous! Keep us posted about the book box . . .


    • January 17, 2018 7:44 am

      Kerry – thank goodness towels sell or I’d be buried in them and I’m running out of a good colour selection in the stash. The book box is held up until I find some bone clasps.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    January 17, 2018 4:12 am

    jean, do you still need the little bone clasps? i can help you out. what size, how many?


    • January 17, 2018 7:55 am

      Velma – that would be wonderful, only need 2 about 1 1/4″ It doesn’t seem very sensible to make such a small order to Talas not knowing if I’ll ever make another box.


      • vdbolyard permalink
        January 17, 2018 3:56 pm

        jean, just send me an email so i remember, because i’m not at home to make notes, please.


      • January 17, 2018 4:26 pm

        Velma – will do


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