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!

Monday, February 23, 2015


If any of my readers aren't aware of the product from Shout called Color Catcher, you should run right out to the store and buy some. Especially if you ever weave with yarns that bleed along with white yarns, or if your spouse is tired of wearing pink underwear that got tinted because somebody put a new red shirt in with the white laundry load.

Yesterday, I stay-stitched and mended about half of the towels and threw them into the washing machine along with one sheet of white Color Catcher. Am I ever glad I included it!

The Color Catcher came out of the wash a nice pale green - exactly the same hue as the sage green (commercially dyed) cotton/bamboo weft that I used in two of said towels, only a few shades paler. The towels themselves still have white yarn (not a similar pale green), so the Color Catcher did its job perfectly.

The rest of the towels will get a similar treatment today, including the use of a Color Catcher...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

In Other News...The Embroiderer's Guild of America

On Saturday, I gave a presentation to the local chapter of the EGA. My across-the-street neighbor, Linda, is a member, and she suggested that for the chapter's 25th anniversary meeting, they should have a speaker who (like them) loves thread, but indulges in a different use of said product. So they got me.

It was a lot of fun, and I met some lovely women who do some really spectacular work and who share my addiction to thread, in whatever form. If I'd had time for more photos, I could wow you with images, but by the time I packed up all my "show-n-tell," so had most of the members. Here are just two examples that I could manage to snap before they were packed up.

I apologize for the terrible photos, but framed work with glass is difficult to photograph without including the reflections of bright objects nearby (like flourescent lighint...). In any case, I was very impressed with the quality of the work, and enjoyed telling them a little bit about weaving and how it differs from what they do so well.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Bitter End

Today, I finally (!) reached the very end of the towel warp. I must have lost count somewhere, because the final tally is 17 towels (on a warp planned for 16). I used a measuring tape to ensure that all 17 were the same length (31 inches under tension).

Here you can see the apron knots getting so close to the rearmost heddles that the DH-built shaft lifting system had trouble. "Trying, trying, nope, can't open that shed!" which told me that even if there were still a few inches of warp, the loom wasn't planning to weave 'em. Luckily, towel #17 came in at exactly 31 inches, so I'm happy.

And after cutting off the woven cloth, the heap of towels on the ironing board was a very satisfying sight. Now comes the process of cutting them apart, stay-stitching the ends, mending any oopsies, laundering, pressing, hemming, and pressing again...