Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Worth the Wait
The fabric was woven with cotton/tencel warp and organic cotton weft. Finished size is 70x22 inches, shawl sized.
It's the occasional finished piece like this that makes me wish I were still weaving. Also that short stack of natural colored handwoven fabrics I still have. Woven shibori and weaving plain fabric were what I loved best.
Anyway, weaving is the past for me. If I ever had another opportunity, I know what I'd weave. But on with life.
I've become a much better dyer since I wove this piece. In fact, this is the only woven shibori piece that I dyed with fiber reactive dyes. My earlier work was all silk, dyed with acid dyes, or cellulose fibers dyed with natural dyes -- and way before ecodyeing, for me.
After applying dyes to this piece I had leftovers, so I dyed the piece below as well. That is a piece of recycled tablecloth cotton that I hand stitched a month or so ago.
Slowly I am working my way through those poled and/or bound pieces of cloth that were prepped for shibori in February. I simply can't do everything all at once these days like I used to do -- quilting, dyeing, shibori prep, eco bundling, etc.