Friday, September 12, 2008

New Fabric

Two shots of my brand new fabric to play with -- off the loom yesterday, laundered, pressed and ready to use. The discharge warp piece is all mercerized cotton, and the other two pieces are tencel on cotton. The last of the three is small, about 30" in length and for that one I went back to the original treadling that produced the circles motif.

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Now this piece of peachy silk has been in my collection since the mid-1980s, when a girlfriend and I were in Hong Kong enroute to Bali. We picked up two yards of this beautiful silk, a yard for each of us (the price back then seemed prohibitive), and I never did anything with my yard.

So today I dyed it! And now it's sumptuous pea green, my favorite color. Here's hoping I use it in a project before another 24 years passes!

It seems like I've hardly gotten anything done today and the day is half gone or better. I'm in one of those places where it seems like I've got more things I want to do and try out than I'll ever have time for.

I'm also in a place where it feels like I'm resisting moving forward in some areas, and I think it has to do with fear of actually using all this newly-woven fabric to go crazy on with discharge-dye-stamps-stencils-paints-etc. Worst case scenario: I can't live with the results of what I've done and I've "wasted" time and materials. Seems like a foolish consideration when I put it like that, given how much time and money I've wasted over the years on any number of people and things, artistic and otherwise. (I'm giving myself a little pep talk, here.) What if I don't like any of it? Maybe I'll discover something startlingly new in the process, about myself and/or the materials. I can't take any of it with me when "I go" anyway, so who really gives a hoot?!

Just do it!

6 comments:

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

The green is fabulous!!!

Taueret said...

wow, that silk is so beautiful in green!

Valerie said...

The woven pieces are wonderful...I love the discharge warp. And the dyed silk.....sigh....

Wasted time and money: just spent a half hour waiting for a haircut and another 20 minutes held up in traffic for a train. A good part of Sat. AM shot. I like your perspective in using that to give myself permission to play with my "threads"!

Connie Rose said...

Thanks, all, for your comments and kudos. Always appreciated!

Connie Rose said...

Thanks, all, for your comments and kudos. Always appreciated!

Peg in South Carolina said...

No, the risk of ruining your hand wovens is not a foolish consideration. You are right to value the products from your loom. And the surface design out not to destroy the value of the hand-woven. Might I suggest experimenting with purchased textiles before experimenting with your hand wovens? You are still going to make mistakes but you will increase the probability of success. And ultimately, I would imagine that you will conceive the piece as a whole from the very beginning of the making of the warp to the final mark making. What an exciting time for you! So, honor your resistance but do not let it control you.