Tuesday, February 01, 2011

no small feat

set up

one of the things that gives me pleasure is inventing, well let's say devising, systems to carry out tasks.
i've been  steam blocking and  folding lengthwise the silk knit as a first step for the itajime i want to dye using plain wooden blocks. i wanted the folds as evenly stacked as possible,but a knit has a mind of its own. have you ever tried to steam fold a knitted rectangle?
prodding around the studio i found some plexiglass rectangles and thought they'd give me a consistent fold when steaming the piece.
it did work, but as sensei says good, but not perfect. to which she added now try perfect.
that's not going to happen here because if i'm pushing the limits-excuse grandiloquent me here- i can also be tolerant when dyeing.
now i just need to gather courage  and start a mini ai vat, mini because it has to be inside and will be using a 4 liter olive jar. with a lid so that husband-san doesn't faint.
meanwhile back to carrot top dyeing.
and last, this small gem i found in you tube  with no puzzling nihongo  for you. (^_^) enjoy!

neki desu
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  1. thanks for that wonderful video. can't wait to see how your silk knit turns out. looks like you have lots of patience.

  2. I can't wait to see how your ai vat works.I have set a goal to myself for this year that I want to learn the fermenting vat, but I still haven't had the courage (or time) to try anything.

  3. great video, love how your piece is moving along.

  4. Hello, I have been so busy I have not had a chance to come by and visit you in awhile. Looks like you have been busy too! Looking forward to seeing your results.


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