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January 4, 2021

oh wow! – a new year – a blank canvas

but first tidying up the old

looking through the small window in my front door

“My World” in 2020

it’s not quite as wobbly as the picture looks

but then the entire year was more than a little distorted

woven with handspun wool and some silk, natural dyes – 8″ x 9.5″

and now….

colour — what would the world be without it?


many of us work instinctively but practice makes it easier and more interesting

with that in mind I have decided to use my self imposed, monthly challenge

to spend the year studying colour

of course, as an art student, the emphasis was on colour theory

it was as interesting as playing scales for piano practice!

years ago I wove a colour gamp with sewing thread

(it was the easiest way to get all the colours without having to dye them)

and then a grey scale – there wasn’t as many grey sewing threads

   so – starting with the three primaries

I’ve decided to stitch another fabric book

I’ve been thinking about this challenge – even considered not doing it

not sure where it will lead me but this is a start

I decided on a book because it is possible to finish one page a month

it doesn’t need large amounts of fabric – only using the stash

some colours, like yellow, will be a problem

 stitching bojagi style – that is stitching each seam three times so there are no raw edges exposed

I thought this was a good idea as both sides of a page would be neat and tidy

but the stitched page is too light and floppy so on to plan two

looking for colours got me started on tidying up the stash

could be lost there for the entire year!

the colour wheel is from my high school days – a little the worse for wear

eleven more pages to go


6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2021 7:54 pm

    wow – sewing thread as warp and weft!


    • January 7, 2021 10:02 pm

      Catherine – yes, thanks for noticing (nobody else did) but actually it is no big deal, I weave fine threads and it is very strong, no breaks. Never done it again as it is rather expensive, the colours were easy and just what I needed.

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  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    January 5, 2021 3:36 am

    I love the way you set yourself creative challenges for the year! Good luck with this one. I shall enjoy your posts on the results.


    • January 5, 2021 11:37 am

      Sue – I thought about the challenge for a couple months, considered several ideas and almost gave up but it forces me to expand my horizons, leads me in different directions. Don’t want to create the same stale things year after year.

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  3. January 4, 2021 10:57 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you will discover in your stash archaeology! My goodness, relics from school days. I have nothing any more from that time…


    • January 5, 2021 11:40 am

      Kate – not really hung up on the stash stuff but it needs to be used and I’m not shopping. The colour wheel is just another tool and still useful through the years.

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