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slower and slower

December 14, 2018

which is more time-consuming?

finishing things or starting something new

finishing a fringeless tapestry means packing in the weft

tightly to the top where the actual warp and the supplementary warp meet

then threading the final weft on a needle and stitching through each tiny loop of the actual warp

then in order to reuse the supplementary warp (there is yards and yards of it)

I carefully pull it out of the loops and wind it on a bobbin ready for the next time

this is the process I like the least – oh what a tangled mess it can become

from the back with light showing the slit tapestry technique

I tried something new and wove the large areas of background in sections

producing what is known as “lazy lines”

who named it that?? – it takes more work and more time – but I like the effect

next the ends have to be woven in

because I’m teaching myself to do that while weaving there are fewer ends

most are mainly in the small detailed areas – technical progress is being made

after some finishing details and washing etc. all will be revealed

for a change I painted a large sheet of Japanese shifu paper with my homemade natural inks

to practice I made an envelope and brushed on the inks

next I’ll cut and spin the paper

it will be interesting to see how the colours appear on the yarn

finally started weaving more tea towels but they will never be finished before year’s end

the boro stitching is finished

waiting to be sewn into another pillow

and the next piece is already in the planning stage

hoping to include a small tapestry piece

now it’s back to work



9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2018 3:09 am

    You make such interesting, and wide ranging, projects! Love the boro.


    • December 16, 2018 8:36 am

      kerry – I have a short attention span, get bored easily. The boro is wonderfully mindless.


  2. December 16, 2018 1:13 am

    so beautiful. 😍


  3. December 14, 2018 2:00 pm

    Weaving with spun paper? That’s something I’d like to see; I wonder how it holds up to being threaded through the warp and compressed. What’s the hand like on the finished piece? Is it stiff or supple? And can you wash the cloth you make?
    You’ve been very busy and creative in the last little while, and that beautiful boro is perfect for today’s ScrapHappy Day πŸ™‚


    • December 14, 2018 2:37 pm

      Kate – I learned the technique in Japan many years ago. There are 8 years of blogs explaining it on the right sidebar under “shifu”. I generally use a silk or linen warp, it feels like a soft, slightly crisp fabric, drapes nicely and yes I’ve made clothing and handwash it like a good sweater. The Japanese have made kimono from the fabric. I’m working on my ScrapHappy blog now, the boro piece will wait until the sewing is finished.


      • December 14, 2018 2:44 pm

        Thank you! So interesting that you can wear and wash it…


      • December 14, 2018 3:42 pm

        Kate – πŸ™‚ Happy stitching, hope your weather is improving.


      • December 14, 2018 5:29 pm

        The stitching is a good way to pass the time, but sadly the weather is not being co-operative; from the forecast map it looks as if it’ll cross to the other coast, down to us, back up to Far North Queensland, and then hang around like a bad smell all over the Christmas holiday season. But it’s a cyclone, and therefore by nature unpredictable, so I tend to take forecasts with a pinch of salt!


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