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simple pleasures

June 12, 2019

I haven’t had a new textile book in some time

it is a bit pricey and I resisted for a couple months!

it will take a few hours of quiet, concentrated reading to cover all the detailed information

this one will become a classic – the spiral binding is a plus

not for the beginning dyer

it is quite technical but clearly written and very well illustrated

and covers pigments, dye lakes and print making

I’m excited to spend the summer reading/learning and then on to dyeing

years ago I took a woven shibori workshop with Catharine Ellis – she was/is a marvelous  teacher

I have practically worn out her previous book “Woven Shibori”

here is the monthly backstrap challenge – finished early

butting the selvedges together and using different flat stitches to join the individual pieces

the blue handspun wool is a slightly heavier weight than the grey which gives a subtle texture

I’m surprised at how pleasing I find this piece

after years of weaving complex patterns

there is a simple elegance in this slightly rough, handspun plain weave


8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2019 12:46 am

    that’s really gorgeous.


  2. June 13, 2019 3:05 am

    That weaving is looking amazing–there’s something very elemental and honest in the look.


    • June 13, 2019 8:24 am

      Kerry – it has surprised me. I always thought linsey/woolsey was just a practical consideration but it feels really good too.


  3. June 12, 2019 5:17 pm

    Nothing like buying an expensive book, only to find that it’s even better than you hoped and totally worth every cent. Enjoy!


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