Tuesday, March 24, 2015


We're finally home from our Thailand-Myanmar jaunt, and it has taken a surprisingly long time to adjust. My word, the older I get, the more difficult it is to change my internal clock to local time!

Yesterday, the dye pots were busy, making the colors I will need for the next jacquard piece on the agenda.

Here's the design file. The fuschia border is a place-holder for a weave that will combine two of the weft colors in equal amounts (probably purple and royal), so you can ignore that. The color chips across the bottom of the image represent the weaves I will actually use for the body of the weaving. There are three weft colors, which will appear in the cloth in varying intensities. The color chip strip will be trimmed off the design file before weaving begins - it is only there to make it easier to isolate each hue on its own layer before assigning weaves to the layers.

Here are the newly dyed yarns - a turquoise-ish light blue, a royal blue, and a purple:

All are Bambu 12, from Silk City via Cotton Clouds (the retailer I buy from - I don't buy sufficient quantity to open a wholesale account directly with Silk City).

This piece represents my Annual Project for Designing Weavers, which is due to be presented to the other members at the April meeting, so I'd best get cracking!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Few Jacqard Samples

These were spotted in our hotel in Bangkok on our way homeward. The one with the diamond grid has three yarn colors, the others only two (although the checkered one has a multicolored warp and one weft).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Radio Silence

Sorry for the long hiatus! We've been on the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar, and there hasn't been much Internet access. Here in Bagan the signal is so weak I don't even want to try uploading any photos to Blogger. When we're back on the net, I will try to post a few pics.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

Jim Thompson, even more than Queen Sirikit, was responsible for bringing Thai weaving to the world's attention, back in the 1950s and 1960s. Then, in 1967, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. All sorts of rumors floated around, but nothing conclusive ever turned up, much less Mr. Thompson himself. Today, his home in Bangkok is a museum and an art center.

In the courtyard, demonstrations of the peaceful sort: the young man was reeling silk, and the charming girls were skeining silk and making floral decorations for the house shrine.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Early Morning, Chau Praya River

The view from our hotel room:

Where in the World?

The label on the duty free bag is a hint as to region (if you can read it), but it's only a stopover; wherever the final destination, there will be textiles!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Signs of Spring

Yes, I know that most of the country is buried in snow, but here on the California Central Coast, there are signs that warmer weather is on its way. Granted, the lawn was frosted in the morning, but that didn't keep the daffodils from bending toward the sun, or the ornamental plum from blooming.

I hope Spring finds you soon!