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back in the studio

July 26, 2021

we haven’t had even a sprinkle of rain in 41 days

forest fires are raging in the interior of the province

an entire town burnt to the foundations in 15 minutes

we are relatively safe but it is very, very dry

I am counting every drop of water I use and forgoing showers, laundry etc. to water the garden

Rosie wanted to help pick the last of this year’s rhubarb

she has a new sundress – never satisfied, she is asking for a sunhat and bikini!

of course the dress has a pocket – and look what is in it

her very own personal teddy

but I have other things on my mind…

back at the loom

the handspun, natural dyed silk from last year’s dyeing experiments

to blend all the colours I have chosen a traditional polychrome crackle pattern

which requires a rotation of colours in every block change

and the use of three shuttles

it is  good practice in remaining fully present – no daydreaming allowed

I have woven it before but it’s been awhile

 it took a day to get my hands and brain working together

 the loom had a few hiccups as well – grrr!

started at the end of April the 200gr. sheet of rather felted silk is finally spun and plied

thanks to a reader I believe it is “lap silk” from India and used as filling in quilts

so I treated myself to 100 grams of mulberry roving – which will spin up like a dream

I’m thinking of using it as 2 ply silk warp and the “lap silk” as weft for a shawl

and finally I think I have outsmarted the deer – for the time being at least

how do I know?

they haven’t eaten the new scabiosa flowers



6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2021 11:02 pm

    Jean, every time I took some time away from any of my looms – I would be all fingers and thumbs. If I had to rethread I would say along the way – “now did I start from this side or the other?” I would have problems with spacers (I used different types for different looms) and then I would forget how to wind a bobbin for the boat shuttle!

    Recently, I couldn’t find my book signature stitching kit – finally discovered I had finally found it a zippered bag and would keep it with the threads I mainly use!

    Love that Rosie is demanding a larger wardrobe…


    • August 3, 2021 9:36 am

      Catherine – I’ve never been away from the loom this long and only weave on one floor loom, a 16 harness AVL manually operated. The tapestry loom is sitting in a corner for the time being. It’s not hooked up to a computer for patterns, that has some challenges (like all weaving) and the loom has some design problems – in my opinion. I don’t struggle getting weaving again but this is a very complicated pattern and I have to pay attention with every shot – the mind tends to drift after awhile! When I start making mistakes I quit for the day. Rosie will have to wait, by which time she will no longer need a bikini but a sweater.

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  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 27, 2021 3:40 am

    We have had unusually hot dry weather for a couple of weeks but nothing as bad as you. I love Rosie – what a character! Enjoy your weaving now you are in the rhythm of it.


    • July 27, 2021 9:40 am

      Sue – I’ve had fun creating Rosie’s personality. Thank you, I will enjoy the weaving and will take it slowly – don’t want any mistakes.

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  3. July 26, 2021 3:06 pm

    The new project on the loom looks beautiful. Interesting: weaving as a method of being fully present. I must try something complicated with my newly-serviced sewing machine as my own method… We have a few fires ourselves, but we are currently in the wet tropics and they are not raging too much out of control. It’s winter, and not storm season, so it’s anyone’s guess how they started….


    • July 26, 2021 7:39 pm

      Kate – in my 40+ years of weaving I’ve never encountered another pattern that requires this amount of concentration. I meditate every day and have done for 30+ years – really don’t need weaving to encourage me to be fully present. Many of the 250 fires currently burning (that is down from more than 300) have been caused by dry lightening and sadly some by human activity. The fire that destroyed 90% of the town is being investigated as caused by a train passing through.

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