Autumn Begins

Yesterday was the Autumn Equinox, and the beautiful northwoods of WI now has beautiful color.

Just down the road, on a sunny day.
Just down the road, on a sunny day.
Great color against the pines.
Great color against the pines.

 

Woven shibori on the loom.
Woven shibori on the loom.

Meanwhile, I continue with woven shibori scarves since all but one were sold during the art tour.

The end of the warp was finally in sight!
The end of the warp was finally in sight!

It’s always good to see the number of warping sticks go down!

Warp completed, weaving off the loom.
Warp completed, weaving off the loom.

I was hoping for three scarves and another long piece that would, after dyeing, be cut up and used for smaller items.  Unfortunately one of the scarves had a one row treadling error which I did not notice until after dyeing.  Happily, my daughter wants it and does not mind.

Time to gather and tie.
Time to gather and tie.

The next part of the process is to gather and tie, as tightly as possible, the “pattern threads” which are removed after dyeing.

Drying outside.
Drying outside.

The pieces were left to dry outdoors for a few hours, then brought inside.  They are not opened until dry, or nearly dry if I cannot wait to see the results.

Crinkly when first opened.
Crinkly when first opened.

Due to the tight gathers, when first opened the scarves are quite crinkly, reminding me of collapse weave.  However, the scarves must be washed and well rinsed to remove any dye not attached.

Finishing begins.
Finishing begins.

Scarves are hand-washed in a mild soap, then repeatedly rinsed until the water is clear.  After air-drying they are pressed and fringe is hand-twisted.  The results are,…

Beautiful, one-of-a-kind woven shibori scarves.
Beautiful, one-of-a-kind woven shibori scarves.
Unique!
Unique!

The goal is for each scarf to be unique.  One more warp and it will be time to explore new ideas.

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