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weaving onward

October 22, 2019

finally – the shifu warp is finished

it was started in March – 7 months

never in my 40+ years of weaving has a warp stayed on the loom for so long

bleached linen warp and handspun Japanese paper weft (shifu)

my intention was to make a summer jacket (next summer?)

and use several balls of paper thread, spun from different papers, some plied with silk

they are too precious and labor intensive to leave lingering in the stash

the warp stripe is European hemp in a natural silver colour

the weft colours are dyed with sumi ink and tea

the weave pattern is an 11 harness twill

all the small slubs are created when cutting and spinning the paper

only one problem so far

 one of the front/back pieces is longer than the other – I’ll have to think of something creative

 it hasn’t been washed yet

back in March I completely lost interest – that’s scary!

my relationship with the loom simply disappeared

it is like “falling out” with an old friend

no quarrel, nothing, just empty!

but now, I think/hope we’re friends again

there was enough warp left (due to that measuring mistake)

to weave a tea towel

with a very nice blue linen weft – easier to see the twill pattern

the October backstrap weaving got off to a late start

but it’s on the way now – handspun wool warp and weft, it’s a bit sticky making a shed

definitely autumn here, wet, windy and cool

off to wind a new warp

to weave tea towels during the studio tour

bright and cheerful

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2019 3:58 am

    I love that twill! Can you tell me where to find the draft for it? I am glad, too, that you’re back to the big loom–that must’ve felt very odd for you (and it!) Backstrap weaving has come a long way, though!


    • October 24, 2019 10:57 am

      Kerry – I know I found it on back around 2012 but can’t seem to find it now. I’m searching through all my patterns – when I find it I’ll let you know. It is an 11 harness/shaft braided twill and I add a plain weave selvedge for a total of 13 harnesses.


      • October 24, 2019 11:23 am

        I have 12 shafts so I could make it work! And I can search on—I don’t want to keep you away from your loom!


      • October 24, 2019 1:05 pm

        Kerry – I have a printout from 2011 – has changed since then, but if you have a membership maybe you can find it. heading reads — page 220, figure 11: Orimono soshiki hen (textile system), Yoshida Kiju (the name of the designer) Japan, ca 1903 draft #44603 Wouldn’t you know it’s Japanese! So – my scanner no longer works with my newer computer but I will email you a photo of my printout. Somehow we can make this work. 🙂 oops! I don’t have your email


      • October 24, 2019 1:48 pm

        I found it–just searched on the draft number from you and there it was! Thanks!! SO much!!


      • October 24, 2019 2:41 pm

        Kerry – you are SO welcome, will wait to see what you weave with it.


      • October 25, 2019 4:55 am

        Humph. Now I see that it needs 16 treadles and I have 14. Tim’s Treadle Reducer app gives me an alternative, if I can figure out how to use it . . .


      • October 25, 2019 8:20 am

        Kerry – oh dear, I hadn’t thought of that – I weave on a mechanical dobby. It isn’t as simple as it looks, hope you can figure it out.


  2. October 23, 2019 1:32 pm

    Just beautiful. I’m so glad you and your loom are on good terms again!


  3. emilysuzanna permalink
    October 22, 2019 7:14 pm

    The twill pattern is exquisite! (For some reason Word Press is allowing me to comment, but for a long while it wouldn’t).


    • October 22, 2019 10:20 pm

      Hi Suzanne – great to hear from you. I didn’t realize that WordPress was blocking comments, Blogspot has been doing that for a long time. Very annoying, I hope they have changed their access, I will put a comment on their user page. Hope all is well and the fires and electrical outages are not near you.


      • emilysuzanna permalink
        October 23, 2019 5:51 am

        WordPress sometimes requires that I “sign in” to make a comment, and sometimes I don’t have my password etc. with me, so my comment is erased. As I remember, it used to be simpler. Anyway, it’s possible I haven’t been following the instructions carefully enough!


      • October 23, 2019 8:30 am

        Suzanne – that may be the problem, I always have to “sign in” to comment on other blogs but using my blog name makes it easy. It was much easier back “in the beginning” but there are so many nasty people leaving frightening comments that security gets stricter and more difficult.


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