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weaving through the Summer

August 5, 2018

I’ve become obsessed

tiny four selvedge tapestries have taken over my life

(and my living room)

I finally have the required jig to warp the pipe loom

had to wait for son to start his holidays and drill the holes for the dowels

the secret to “no fringes” is to wind a top and bottom supplemental warp

which is removed when the weaving is finished

sounds like too much work??

I have asked myself that – several times

but the results are fun

measuring 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ it is mounted on a 8 inch artist’s frame

covered with a thin layer of quilt batting with handwoven linen fabric stretch tightly over the frame

the ink brushed circle is a common subject of Zen calligraphy

know as Enso

many enso paintings include a short text in prose or verse called “san”

and so I have included mine

“alone, I struggle to reach the stars”

a surprise has been the colour from dark purple hollyhocks

on the right is this year’s solar dyed wool

the sample from 2016 shows a much darker chocolate-brown

the plants are several years old and the blossoms are a lighter colour and smaller

maybe need to plant new ones

one of the fun/interesting things about natural dyeing is there are always surprises

and more to learn

many small skeins from 2016 will go into the next tapestry

trying to tidy things up!

hot off the loom – some rag weaving

log cabin structure – good for outdoor cushions

fabric from a dress, 2 different futon covers, an indigo dyed sheet and a damask linen tablecloth


12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2018 4:58 pm

    Hello Jean, have you used goldenrod with solar dyeing? I was wondering should the flowers be simmered first? Thanks for all your inspirations, i love reading your posts.


    • August 11, 2018 7:58 am

      Monike – hi! nice to hear from you, how are you doing? The point of solar dyeing is not to use direct heat – but I do sometimes after leaving it in the sun for a week/10 days, especially with bark (walnut) or roots. Usually get a darker colour. To test it put 2 small skeins in the solar dye and after the time remove 1 skein and simmer the other. I don’t have a supply of goldenrod.


  2. Louisa permalink
    August 6, 2018 9:59 am

    You’ve certainly been a lot more productive than I have!


    • August 6, 2018 10:50 am

      Louisa – just hoping that learning and doing will keep me active and fully functional. Visiting an elderly weaver once a week in a care home is a sobering experience.


  3. August 6, 2018 8:55 am

    so interesting. Thank you


  4. August 6, 2018 6:47 am

    I love the soft, muted colors that you can achieve from natural dyeing. I’ve been thinking of taking a tapestry class, and every time I see some unique tapestry piece, I’m tempted even more! Lovely weaving.


    • August 6, 2018 7:46 am

      Judy – I’m enjoying Rebecca Mezoff’s online classes, the videos are excellent. Finding designing for tapestry a challenge.


  5. August 6, 2018 3:35 am

    I fancy trying 4 selvedge weaving but can’t get it sorted in my mind how you get all the warps at the same level, not the supplementary ones but the starting ones and I have checked on Sarah Swett’s blog. Love your little weaving and your plant dyed yarn.


    • August 6, 2018 7:51 am

      Debbie – I can’t imagine doing the 4 selvedge weaving without watching Sarah’s videos over and over. I feel like a newbie again. And I’m enjoying using natural dyed handspun. It feels good to do something just for fun.

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  6. August 6, 2018 3:35 am

    Still learning and experimenting after all these years!


    • August 6, 2018 7:52 am

      Kerry – that was the reason for starting this and at my age I’ll keep doing it as long as it is fun.


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