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:

1 comment:

daniel lisa said...

"Weaving Leaves of Grass" is likely a poetic or metaphorical phrase. In agriculture, "multiple cropping refers to" refers to the practice of growing multiple crops on the same land in a single growing season. This concept mirrors the intricate interplay of elements in poetry, much like how leaves of grass are intricately woven together. The phrase might symbolize the harmonious blend of different elements or ideas, creating a rich and diverse tapestry of meaning.

Notes from CNCH, the Conference of Northern California Handweavers

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