Zanshi Khadi

Zanshi Khadi

Zanshi is the Japanese concept of using up leftover yarns to weave fabric. Generally the yarns are tied together and used as weft.Khadi is the Hindi word for handspun, handwoven cloth. Wiki tells me t…
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Floral tie-dye

Floral tie-dye

I tie-dyed the Dye-Lishus® cotton shaded stripe. I didn't really like it very much, but my friend Ruth saw it, liked it, and did some stitching on it. Oh, boy, now I love it!…
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Dye-Lishus® cotton fabric launch

Dye-Lishus® cotton fabric launch

In May of 2013 I introduced a line of mill woven Dye-Lishus® cotton fabrics at the International Quilt Market in Portland. There are four fabric styles, mixing treated and untreated cotton y…
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Formal & Informal

Formal & Informal

Well, you can tie dye too. Here is a piece with handspun Dye-Lishus® cotton in one direction and untreated organic cotton in the other. The weaving pattern is a 16 shaft block twill taken fr…
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Using Dye-Lishus® cotton yarn

Using Dye-Lishus® cotton yarn

Dye-Lishus® cotton is scoured and mordanted in the fiber form, before it is carded and spun, which means I can blend it with untreated cotton to make yarn, or I can mix it with untreated yarn to m…
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Introducing Dye-Lishus® cotton

Introducing Dye-Lishus® cotton

As a spinner who weaves, or a weaver who spins, winding a warp and threading the loom are peaceful processes for me. Think about it--every inch of the yarn passes through my fingers. For a spinner…
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Natural dyes

Natural dyes

Woven shibori in all its forms is another branch on that tree, and I continue to play with it. But getting back to the natural dye path, Catharine mentioned to me while I was taking the dye class…
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Weft terry cloth

Weft terry cloth

Next was exploring the loop. When you have an open sett and a springy weft yarn, that weft yarn try to fold back on itself when the fabric is relaxed. What sett, what yarn size in order to get a f…
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Deep structure

Deep structure

Moving right along, and playing with crepe twist ideas, I noticed that the fabric woven with a filling of “more than normal” twist curled up at one corner and down at the other. I had cut a small…
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"Waisted energy"

"Waisted energy"

The single shuttle plaid idea comes from using a sliver with several colors side by side and spinning a different color with each arm’s length draw. I was both a new spinner and a new weaver at th…
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My first handspun handwoven singles

My first handspun handwoven singles

My first project using singles for weft was a “single shuttle plaid”; I wove using a damask shuttle I got at a weaver’s estate sale; the shuttle did not have the usual rod that holds a bobbin, and…
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Introduction

Introduction

Cotton! I spin it, weave it, dye it with natural dyes, and teach all of the above internationally.I spin on an Indian book charkha. For me, this activity is meditative, and serves to center me, an…
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