Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weaving Leaves of Grass





A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
         than he.


I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green
         stuff woven.


Walt Whitman, Song of Myself


I wove this fabric from handspun cormo -- singles spun in both S & Z twist -- and a handspun merino/silk blend -- again, singles spun in both S & Z twist. Hopefully, it will become a garment -- but first I have to spin more weft!

On the loom, it looks like gauze, but when it's washed gently in hot water, the overtwisted yarns relax into a seersucker texture. I didn't do anything to create the fringe. The yarns do this all by themselves.

Today there's more color inspiration outside my window:


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