Survey says……


In response to Shiborigirl‘s challenge to try to figure out or replicate this pattern, I decided to start simple.

Rows spaced half an inch apart, half inch stitches, off set each row by half an inch. I knew looking at the original fabric this wouldn’t get the same pattern- but it could be a jumping off point. About 3/4 of the way down the fabric- trying to sketch the stitch lines and lining up quilting rulers to make sure the off set was correct (and frequently winding up with wonky lines) it occurred to me that drawing an actual grid would have been a helluva lot easier.

So would have been doing this without trying to watch Deadliest Catch at the same time.

Anyhoo, onward we go.

Started with this (stitched ever so carefully on the bus yesterday)

Mokume stitches on 50/50 linen cotton

Pulled the strings tight.
Then immersion dyed in dark green mx dye bath, probably swishing too much,

and got this

Green challenge fabric opened up

Clearly, not what it was supposed to be.

Things I know:

I need better thread. I’ve been using nylon coats and clark thread for the silk tying. But it is not thick enough for using with this fabric I don’t think. Or maybe I just need something less slippery. I had a hard time tying the threads tight enough to get clear resist. In digging through a box of samples that I’d done, I realized I had tried this technique a few years ago- before I really started getting into dyeing. I had used a heavier weight “thread of unknown origin” that had been in my grandmothers stash of sewing/craft supplies. It was the perfect weight for that- there were threads still in there, and I remember the cone it was on. I also remember chucking it when the basement flooded 2 years ago.

I think I over swished (agitated) in the dye bath.

Not entirely sure that original fabric did get immersed. Not even sure it was mokume.

So I will think about this some more and try again on the weekend, after I get the veggies in the garden.

And I will chuck that green dye stock, it seems shot anyways, and it’s a really icky color.

Flickr Madness

I’ve just started using Flickr. I had looked at photos on flickr before, usually linked from blogs and such.

There are lots of fiber artists, hand dyers etc who post their work and share and comment and so on. Mostly it’s closeup shots of the work itself, occasionally someone modeling the scarf or shawl and what not. But the focus is the work itself.

Could the guy who insists on “showing his work” with his shirt off, sometimes with his pants off, please cut it the &#!$ out. I realize you are peeved cuz you got thrown out of a particular flickr pool, but you are really skeeving me out. You have nice fabric, and it would be fun if you were sharing in a way that is not just for the shock value, and to elicit comments and invitations that just aren’t appropriate for everyone. You have referred to others who share this opinion as prudes.

You have no idea how “not prudish” I am.

But if you continue to tags pictures of your bare a$$ laying in bed as “shibori” I’m going to continue to flag you as not complying with the community guidelines.

They aren’t even shibori sheets for cryin’ out loud.

How about- you don’t show me your a$$, and I won’t show you mine.


That feels better. Everyone else, carry on.