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autumn colours

October 30, 2020

the sunset a couple nights ago – from my front door

I’m embarrassed to admit the floor loom has sat naked far too long

6 or 7 months too long!

I haven’t felt enthusiastic about weaving anything – wondered if I’d forget how to warp the loom?

but now I’m nearing the end of the year’s natural dyeing

and the stash is piling up…

so the decisions are made

hemp and cotton warp, an old favorite 11 harness pattern and cotton wefts

not sure how well the natural dyes will stand up to frequent washing but time will tell

and that handful of homegrown madder root?

the wool (top) went in first and was held on low heat for 2-3 hours

cooled overnight and the process repeated a second time

a small skein of silk (on the left) was next and when it looked like there was still colour in the pot

a rather large skein of cotton got the same treatment as the wool

the homegrown root has only ever given orange, always with an alum mordant

the silk is very pretty

an early morning visitor escaping over the neighbor’s fence

and finally, one tiny mushroom

a little jewel

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    October 31, 2020 4:48 am

    I shall look forward to seeing how you combine the colours in your weaving and taking inspiration from it.


    • October 31, 2020 8:47 am

      Sue – it’s only tea towels, not any great work of art.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        November 1, 2020 2:55 am

        There are tea towels which make life nicer and ones which just dry dishes! I bet yours make people happy.


      • November 1, 2020 9:27 am

        Sue – I’ve never known a handwoven tea towel that didn’t make someone happy.

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  2. October 30, 2020 5:34 pm

    Oooh, you’re going to weave yourself a sunset! I find it interesting how tastes can change according to what life throws at you. 15 years ago, I would not have put orange anywhere near my list of favourite colours. Now, It’s one of my top four, and I can’t wait to see what you make with all that lovely yarn.


    • October 30, 2020 10:10 pm

      Kate – I have also found that we change our choice of colours according to the environment we are surrounded by and/or live in. I learned that by sailing from the forests of British Columbia to the hot, dry climate of Mexico.


      • October 30, 2020 10:23 pm

        That must have been SUCH an environmental swing, from one extreme to another. My life has encompassed the misty greyish greens and subdued colours of the English countryside and the riotous foliage and flowers of the tropics. The gentler colours are more restful, but the tropics are definitely more alive and stimulating.


      • October 31, 2020 8:46 am

        Kate – I went from those English misty greens to the botanical gardens of Singapore and jungle-y greens of Malaysia. I spent my early childhood 90 miles inland and apart from my times in Japan always been close to the moody blues, greys and greens of the ocean. It does change ones perspective regarding colour.

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  3. emilysuzanna permalink
    October 30, 2020 4:18 pm

    Yes to the orange tea towel!!!


    • October 30, 2020 10:15 pm

      Suzanne – I’ll give you first choice when they’re done and send pictures. It will be awhile. Hope all is well with you, the fires have kept at a distance although even at this distance we had a very smoky week a month or so ago. And of course the election goes as smoothly as possible, we have been watching with concern.


  4. October 30, 2020 2:17 pm

    I love the orange … matches the beautiful picture of the evening sky 😍


    • October 30, 2020 2:22 pm

      Vera – I love the oranges,reds and yellows of the leaves this time of year and the sky was a one time special event. Orange is not my favorite colour, I find it difficult to work with but the yarns will get used. Orange tea towel anyone?

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