Wednesday, May 12, 2010

finishing the wet finish


getting ready to tie on some little knots to the dummy warp and doing the wet finishing. then pressing to bring out the shine in linen. the last piece was a real joy, i'll post photos as soon as the piece is in the post, don't want to spoil the surprise.on the other hand i had never been able until now to weave right to the very knots touching the back of the reed. is this a sign of adulthood?

i have also been experimenting a bit with ps brushes as i'm a brush hoarder and what's the point of having too many of them. if i use a size multiple of 24, which is my shaft capacity-ergo liftplan - and then index the result to 2 colors i can get pretty nifty weavable images that range from the precise to the very abstract.  serious fun here. in short i've had to time myself  at the computer or else one day would run into another.

and the photo is a find in the mythical bottomless ancient 90x90 silk twill square dyed in an arashi shibori pattern using procion MX dyes. it's so old i can't remember when i made it.could easily qualify as vintage  :)

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  1. i love this so much!

  2. Anonymous6:31 PM

    as someone who is pretty much a linen novice, how does pressing bring out the shine in linen? i am currently enamored of my recent indigo dyed linen- the way the color sits on it. and i can imagine doing this but wondering what it is about linen that does does this as opposed to other fibers.
    i can be satisfied with that it just "does" but wondering...

  3. Oh, so you've discovered what a time sink it is to dive into Photoshop to design cloth! Take a deep breath, it'll be a long time before you come up for air.

  4. I agree with Jude. I love the photo of the 'vintage' shibori.

    Am also interested in how ironing can make linen shine, and shall return to visit your blog to see a photo of that next.


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