Dye Day

It has been a strange and slow year.  Staying inside.  A lot.  And still, not really doing a lot.  I have been recovering from a rotator cuff injury in my shoulder and that stopped my weaving ability for a while.  I am now about 85% improved and can weave for short sprints of time.  I’m now up to about 45 to 60 minutes a day, with about 20 to 30 minutes a go. 

On the plus side, that gave me time to reflect and plan, and design, and read and learn.  And I now have a lot of ideas and projects waiting patiently in the wings, and a new energy to get going. 

This scarf I started in August and have recently finished.  The Coquitlam Guild spent a glorious sunny afternoon in August in President Rosie’s big back yard enjoying a socially distanced dye day with indigo.  I wound a random mixed silk warp, using up various small bits and pieces, clearing off bobbins.  Some were fine silk threads, some medium, some mixed with cotton or rayon or linen.  I added just two ends of a beautiful silk chenille, and two ends of a silk boucle for texture.  I only had the opportunity for one dip in the indigo, (I was talking with my friends too much) so a paler indigo colour came out, and all of the different yarns took up the dye in different amounts, so it was a fun experiment.  The best part of the day was being able to sit and visit with friends and catch up on what everyone had been working on. 

The warp went on the loom in a simple straight draw twill.  For weft I used my favourite Jane Stafford 2/20 silk in Stormy Teal, with accents in a pinky purple called Starfish.  Sett 20 epi, and woven 20 ppi.

A silky scarf with great memories attached.

About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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4 Responses to Dye Day

  1. Vivian says:

    Looks comfortable! Your afternoon with Rosie sounds like a breath of fresh air. What fun to play with Indigo.

  2. Gin says:

    Your work is wonderful as always. Glad to hear the injury is getting better. It is frustrating not being able to weave went you want to. At least you came up with ideas and projects, not always easy to do.

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