December 2014

Most of December was spent cranking socks, successfully getting all but two pairs done and either mailed or delivered before Christmas.  I estimate between those socks, the ones tossed, and those sitting on a counter that have small issues where I won’t sell them, I made somewhere around 140 socks in November & December, a record for me!

In the midst of the sock machine problems (see the previous post), I had an email requesting a woven shibori scarf.  I had developed severe pain in my right wrist and hand from all the cranking, In December, and had to stop working on socks for four days, but by day 3 figured I could last on the warp, tie up the treadles, and see if I could weave without causing additional pain.  I could!  So I spent two days weaving the scarf, and doing the gather/tie preparation, and making up a new indigo vat.

New indigo dye vat, working in my kitchen near the woodburning range.
New indigo dye vat, working in my kitchen near the woodburning range.

The vat was ready quickly, lots of good “flower,” and the dyeing went smoothly, putting the scarf into the vat twice.  It was then rinsed and allowed to air-dry.  When nearly dry I started clipping the tight knots and opening it up.

Woven Shibori scarf, 100% cotton, indigo dyed.  (SOLD)
Woven Shibori scarf, 100% cotton, indigo dyed. (SOLD)

It was a beauty!!!  After washing it twice, rinsing well, air-dry, pressing, hand-twisting the fringe, and taking a few photos, I had to package it up and get it in the mail to hopefully arrive before Dec. 24th.

Woven Shibori scarf detail.  (SOLD)
Woven Shibori scarf detail. (SOLD)
Woven Shibori Scarf, SOLD.
Woven Shibori Scarf, SOLD.

Starting Christmas Day, I took five days off for family and rest. Now, it’s time to get back into the studio and create more.

 

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