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designing ways

March 25, 2019

for me, one of the more difficult parts of tapestry weaving

is – “what to weave?”

like many art forms you need to start with an image

 this new work is easy

I’ve been obsessed with kimono for more than 35 years

these hand painted images are from a kimono seller’s sample book

in 1987, while a student at Kawashima Textile School, two of us found this book in a junk store

we laid the pages out on the tables in the school dining room

and took turns choosing them – we each have 24 one of a kind kimono pictures

(click on the picture to see the detail)

putting together ideas, including the boro sample woven as a wrist band

the weather was so nice last week I took the loom outside to get started

and now I will happily weave a small boro kimono

meanwhile I have been tagging weaving for the guild show and sale

it is the same weekend as my studio tour so I’m going to be busy

15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2019 9:49 pm

    You nailed it
    Intelligent and insightful read. Thank you for posting.
    Excellent piece of writing. Thank you and respect.


  2. April 1, 2019 4:41 pm

    It looks absolutely wonderful to have the loom outside. After the long winter, I’m looking forward to some outdoor activities very soon.


  3. March 26, 2019 4:19 am

    Ooooh–how lucky you were to find that book–and the book was lucky, too, to have been found by you! I love your idea for the tapestry–it’s so you!


  4. emilysuzanna permalink
    March 25, 2019 5:02 pm

    I love seeing the design emerge! Wondering if I might reserve a tea towel or two?


    • March 25, 2019 10:10 pm

      Suzanne – I tried sending you several emails and pictures but i guess you didn’t receive them. The tea towels are still available but the may sell during the studio tour – let me know what you want. 🙂


      • emilysuzanna permalink
        March 25, 2019 10:29 pm

        I just tried sending you an email. I’m case it doesn’t work, I’d like to order two tea towels if there’s still time. 🐴


      • March 26, 2019 7:40 am

        Suzanne – received your email, I’ll try replying. Otherwise I’ll send 2 tea towels, is 1 red and 1 green o.k.?


      • emilysuzanna permalink
        March 26, 2019 11:30 am

        I did get the email! And sent you another one. One each would be perfect!


      • March 26, 2019 2:08 pm

        Suzanne – emailed 2 pictures, have set aside a red and green just in case.


      • emilysuzanna permalink
        March 26, 2019 11:30 am

        I did get the email! And sent you another one. One each would be perfect!


  5. March 25, 2019 4:05 pm

    Lovely idea, and what a treasure those pages are. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that a kimono was constructed from a single amazing – and quite narrow – length.


    • March 25, 2019 4:44 pm

      Kate – that’s because traditional looms could only weave narrow widths. The narrow widths meant there wasn’t any waste of very precious materials/fabric.

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