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staying dry

February 7, 2020

according to local meteorologists we had 30 days of rain (out of a possible 31) in January

and another 5 days this month

35 days of continuous rain, grey skies and general gloom

so – the looms are warped

sampling the weave structure first seen at Ithaca

not happy! – what is wrong?

the original

my first attempt – definitely not what I was aiming for

over the years I have realized that the camera lens sees things differently

now I see what the problem is – at least one of them

tomorrow I will cut it off, save the weft rags and start over

two small fringeless tapestry warps on the loom at the same time

for years I’ve been fascinated with labyrinths – they represent a journey to me

where am I going and how to get there?

 the journey this time is about learning new tapestry techniques

the Bluefaced Leicester was so lovely to spin it took no time at all

a fine 2 ply, what colour to dye it?

just for a change I’ve been stitching

this was my introduction to shibori – as a student at Kawashima Textile school in 1987

was it really that long ago??

cotton hankie, indigo dyed – now getting a new life

and the rain keeps falling

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    February 9, 2020 3:20 am

    I love the woven labarynths echoing your learning journey. And the embroidery is very pretty too. Glad you are staying snug indoors and making the most of it.


    • February 9, 2020 8:51 am

      Sue – I never have a problem finding things to do when the weather is nasty. Yesterday the sun shone, amazing how that can cheer you up.


  2. February 7, 2020 1:32 pm

    I had a small panic attack on your behalf when I finished reading the first paragraph. Excess rain –> the looms are warped. As in bent, twisted, distorted by all that damp weather. Oh no! But of course, it was a positive outcome, not the disaster my brain immediately offered up.


    • February 7, 2020 1:43 pm

      Kate – I am always using weaving homonyms for fun but didn’t think of it this time. Do worry about the amount of rain and check the sump pump regularly. Still dry but more to come tonight. Still, think it is better than fires and very happy I don’t have to shovel it.


      • February 7, 2020 1:47 pm

        I know what you mean… we’re now well into our Wet season, and the rainfall is seriously huge here in the tropics. Our gutter downpipes are 7 inches across to cope with the deluge, but we fortunately live on the side of a hill and have no basement to fill up!


      • February 7, 2020 3:33 pm

        Kate – I too, have no basement. I lived in Singapore for 2 years and know what that tropical rain is like, couldn’t drive in the afternoon when the monsoon ditches filled up and the windshield wipers didn’t work fast enough!


      • February 7, 2020 4:50 pm

        Exactly! And the rain is warm. I imagine your February rain is not so kind…


      • February 8, 2020 8:31 am

        Kate – just a wee bit cold 😦

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  3. February 7, 2020 11:24 am

    And more wind tonight…snuggle up!


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