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dyeing and digging

July 3, 2019

summer is here!

the garden is a jungle so I will be spending more time digging than blogging

July’s backstrap challenge is advancing

a log cabin variation

handspun wool, natural grey, white and indigo

it was time consuming to wind the warp as changing colours in the log cabin areas I cut and tied each single thread

I have found it is impossible to create a continuous loop to slip the back rod through if the warp is wound with two threads at once

but it was worth it, I like the results

evenings are a good time to stitch a boro fabric frame around the small tapestry

and experiment with a scrappy finishing edge – not sure it works yet

dyeing in the indigo fruit vat – finding it a struggle to maintain a balance

cotton, linen and silk – will do a couple more dips today

once I start dyeing its like a fever – I want to dig up the garden and give everything a try

not sure if this is a yellow flag (iris pseudacoris)

but if so I keep it firmly under control as it is considered invasive

the root of yellow flag is listed as a good dye source

this doesn’t look like the roots in internet pictures but I’ll give it a try

it is a much smaller plant and flower and grows in very dry soil not the usual wetlands

off to dye and dig!



4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2019 7:51 am

    I love the log cabin pattern variation! One of my favourite patterns!


    • July 4, 2019 9:02 am

      Kjerstin – mine too, even with 16 harnesses. It’s what I teach in my beginning weaving class and this variation is good.


  2. July 4, 2019 3:21 am

    SO busy, all the time! I love the blues you create and incorporate. Wish I lived near you and could come over and experiment with indigo dyeing!


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