September 9, 2013

Oh dear. It appears that I erased yesterday’s video thinking I had already uploaded it -well can’t go back so moving on.
I think you’ll find this interesting.
I know I did.

It will be quiet here Tuesday and Wednesday.
Going to refresh at the beach for an overnight camp out in the Volkswagen bus. Now that most everybody has gone back to school or back home.
Of course I’ll have some handwork to do and some books to read.

September 2, 2013

i made this little video While preparing for my two-day workshop at the Japanese-American national Museum in Los Angeles.
I’ve been wanting to try out my new zakuri but just haven’t had the time -this gave me a good excuse to put it to use.
It works beautifully and is a piece of art in itself -such craftsmanship put to practical use. I love it.
My next workshop that I would like to take some time this next year is a workshop from Michael Cook of Wormspit-a silk reeling workshop.
I need to go to the next level where I can take the reeled silk and turn it into a usable fiber by plying or re-reeling into a heavier thread.
I can see that I’m going to need to order several more bobbins for this zakuri.

My main goal for taking the zakuri to the workshop this weekend was to teach them how the silk that they are using- the old kimono lining silk-was obtained and to give them a better understanding and appreciation for the fabric that they were dyeing- the fabric of people’s lives.
there was lots of old silk reborn in the workshop.
the goal was achieved!