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what was I thinking?

January 18, 2019

spinning is only part of the process

the sum total of eight sheets of Japanese paper

now what?

the plan is to use it as weft and weave it on a silk warp

or maybe linen?

I don’t want it to just go back into the stash

so …. I’m thinking

this boro piece was made to be used as a frame for the small tapestry

the words are a Japanese proverb

appropriate for something made from small scraps and stitched with thrums

it is finished with a backing of indigo dyed cotton

and a simple binding from the same fabric (old pillowcase)

the weft in the white lined fabric is shifu, woven five years ago

did I actually say I was going to weave on a backstrap loom for a whole year??

this is not a pretty picture – ready to give up!

struggling – both with the weaving and my stubborn determination

so I bought a small rigid heddle and will try cutting off and sleying to see if that works

more to come – if I don’t throw it all in the trash/recycle

oh, it is hard to be humbled


14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2019 8:24 am

    have you considered selling some? hint,hint.


    • January 27, 2019 10:36 am

      Neki – if it is the kami-ito you think I might sell? … not a chance. Considering the cost of the paper and the time it takes to make it the cost would be exorbitant. I’ll send you something, email me your new address.


  2. January 20, 2019 8:51 am

    the boro-tapestry is wonderful,so soothing.
    the rigid heddle is an idea. how about a tapestry frame?


    • January 20, 2019 11:47 am

      Neki – working with a rigid heddle has made a difference. I started doing tapestry on a small frame loom but I’m determined to figure out the backstrap.


  3. vdbolyard permalink
    January 20, 2019 5:19 am

    wonderful shifu-almost plans. and the ready to give up bit? i SO know that one. i really like the frame, too.


    • January 20, 2019 8:27 am

      Velma – the shifu thing is gestating. As for giving up – think I’m too Irish stubborn.


  4. January 20, 2019 3:45 am

    Oh, I know you–you’ll stick with it and make it into something fabulous!!


    • January 20, 2019 8:23 am

      Kerry – yes, I will probably keep going but the hard part is I can’t see it ever being great let alone fabulous.


  5. January 19, 2019 11:33 am

    Lots of words of wisdom here. This year I want to try some new things. The very best of luck.


  6. January 19, 2019 8:18 am

    I think that it’s great that you are challenging yourself to learn something new with the backstrap loom. I admire your work, and find it so interesting how you combine so many elements to create your art. Lovely spinning!


    • January 19, 2019 10:01 am

      Judy – thank you, I enjoy thinking about how to use several different techniques together. After all most textiles start with thread and then fabric, it’s how you put them together that creates the art.


  7. January 18, 2019 2:02 pm

    That’s a lot of hard work to throw away… Remaking something from the ashes of the previous attempt would be redemptive. Humility is over-rated. Creativity is much more fun!


    • January 18, 2019 2:06 pm

      Kate – the warp is very short but enough to try with the rigid heddle, fingers crossed. I agree, creativity is the only way to go.


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