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May 6, 2019

very little weaving being done here – the weather is warm, sunny and dry

living life in the garden

thinning out the black bamboo I decided to build a trellis

should have cut the grass before I started

hopefully the vine will grow quickly – unless the deer get in again

“bamboo is one of nature’s most productive renewable resources..”

April in Japan, harvesting bamboo shoots

fresh, grilled on the hibachi they are delicious

split very fine they have been used to make loom reeds for centuries

Bryan, in Fujino, demonstrating reed making

here is my reed, weaving a linen/shifu scarf

made with Bryan’s help during the ANWG Conference 2017

bamboo yarn isn’t as eco-friendly as I was originally led to believe

handspun – dyed with indigo and kakishibu

it is actually a man-made fibre created from the cellulose found in any plant or tree including bamboo

the fibre that is produced is a viscose rayon

and now I’m off to mow the lawns


8 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    May 9, 2019 7:42 pm

    nasty extruded fibers masking as “green”. and to my great shame i never finished my reed.


    • May 10, 2019 8:02 am

      Velma – I love tools and the reed is very special, it takes so much work just to get the bamboo to the building stage. Have to ask if bamboo fibre is more or less environmentally friendly than cotton??


  2. May 7, 2019 3:41 am

    The uses for bamboo are amazing! It’s neat to see your reed in use–I remember when you made it!


    • May 7, 2019 7:54 am

      Kerry – I don’t have the skill or tools to prepare the very fine bamboo so it was a wonderful treat to make one.


  3. the senior weaver permalink
    May 6, 2019 3:51 pm

    Thank you. A very interesting and informative post. I’ve seen bamboo yarn, but never tried it. You also found so many ways to use the stalks. 😊


    • May 6, 2019 4:33 pm

      Hi Mary – in the countries where bamboo grows naturally it is used in hundreds of different ways. I’ve seen it used as scaffolding on mega buildings in Tokyo, back before safe baby car seats my son’s first seat, in Singapore, was made from bamboo and now flooring on basketball courts, kitchen cutting boards and knitting needles. It is a fast growing renewable resource which can be recycled when no longer needed.


      • the senior weaver permalink
        May 7, 2019 2:18 am

        Thank you so much for sharing this. I had no idea how versatile it is. Renewable definitely helps the environment.


      • May 7, 2019 7:51 am

        Mary – welcome 🙂


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