I am participating in a workshop with Jude Hill, the title of which is Contemporary Woven Boro. I love weaving, you may have noticed this, and the boro technique and philosophy, so this is right up my alley. Having now finished stitching all the ragged edges of the Gaia’s Garden cloth I am free to play with the ideas and techniques Jude is teaching. I have done basic weaving and a fair bit of tapestry weaving in the past but hadn’t thought of using fabric instead of thread, apart from using the very basic weft/warp weave to construct a ground cloth.
My first piece of play looked like this in the beginning:
except it had a border of plain blue cotton added to it, about another 2″ all round. It has been around for quite a while, I wasn’t sure how I wanted to proceed with it, so it seemed like a good candidate for a bit of weaving. I added 1″ strips warp in hand dyed rayon, the weft consisting of the same plus some shibori kimono silk and from Glennis, some beautifully shibori dyed cotton. I re-wove some areas with hand-dyed organza to add some variant of colour. I wove diagonals around the moon to soften the indigo blue background. I am very much liking this re-weaving, it is like painting with fabric – adding sheer fabrics to give subtle colour changes. Much to explore.
This would be the result so far, it is basted but not yet stitched:
In the meantime the Gaia’s Garden cloth is hanging on the wall until inspiration strikes as to my next step :).