Friday, March 25, 2011

'Leaves of Grass' Tunic: Ode to Walt Whitman

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

Last November and then again in February I posted photos and notes about spinning, warping, and weaving the fabric for this top, which I call "Leaves of Grass." It's made of single-ply yarns in S & Z twist, which gives it a seersucker-like texture. The yarns are merino and a silk-merino blend, dyed in various shades of green. My ode to Walt Whitman -- and a tribute to spring, which will, sooner or later, show up.

Detail of fringe, which seems to ply itself

Side view

Back, just slightly longer than the front

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