November 2012

November 29, 2012

My friend Glenys had a rusty bowl containing water in her garden. Some mulch got in and turned the water black. So she put in an old woollen blanket and went away for 2 weeks.

The result: this interesting cloth.


I came across another interesting cloth. This cloth is from Flores. It is an interesting approach to traditional ikat as every second thread is a solid colour. Ikat is achieved by binding the warp and then dyeing it before weaving. This warp has been dyed in indigo. The red/brown is morinda, a natural dye used commonly in Indonesia. I’m rather partial to dragons. This cloth is also interesting from another angle because there is quite a bit of variation in the beating and hence the spacing of the weft yarns. It is so unusual to see differences in beating on these traditional textiles. Maybe the weaver got tired. Maybe more than one person did the weaving..a daughter, a grandmother, a friend. This is apparently from an experienced weaver. The ikat is a testament to that.

I have been doing some extensive research into South East Asian textiles and have come across some interesting techniques. This textile fits into that category. ”. In the textile the blue is the same as used on the ikat and side stripe. The alternating warp thread colour is also used in some stripes. The blue in the central band appears to be a different colour because it is alternated with the brown and has the effect of muting a traditional ikat. So having analysed what makes it work, I wanted to weave a cloth with elements of the original. This is the result being woven.

Traditional textiles from South East Asia form the research of a workshop that I’ve developed titled East Meets West. This workshop will be presented at the following conferences

Fibres Ballarat, 5-13 April 2013,

Fibre Arts New Zealand, 21-27 April.

OHS, 2-5 May 2013,

ANWG, 18-22 June. www.anwg-conference-2013

As I have mentioned these events with regard to teaching, I should also mention that I will be at Contemporary Handweavers of Texas 30 May – 2 June 2013.

I am delighted that the Queensland Museum has acquired my daughter’s hand woven wedding dress (2005) for their collection. It is woven from silk and triacetate/acrylic to achieve variation in lustre. The fabric had a lovely drape and good weight. A basic eight shaft design was used for the main part of the dress and then this was then used as a block design on 24 shafts for the accent fabric that was then embellished by beading.