Interlude: Weaving with cloth

I’m taking an online workshop from Jude Hill of Spiritcloth, learning something about her innovative approach to weaving cloth from other cloth. It’s a freeing experience for me and such a contrast from my rather structured katazome routine. I really enjoy how quickly these pieces of cloth come together. As I tear strips and weave I am loosening up my thinking. Here are my first few attempts.

anchored weaving 1

These little woven pieces also stimulate my own daydreaming. In the piece above I can see ….

a favorite sateen shirt from 30 years ago
limpets gathered on Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland
magenta gladiolas from our August garden (which dyed the silk a light green)
a cloth “palette” I use to test color and off-load my brush when dyeing katazome
an edge of a work called “my sister’s house” …

which of course immediately transports me to my sister’s woodsy place with the salty breezes near the coast of Maine.

anchored weaving with cotton and silk

I used the little stones as weights for one part of the process but I really like how they look on this piece!

one more…

anchored weaving 2
anchored weaving on indigo dyed wool base, silk, cotton, linen

Author: Kit

I’m a St. Paul MN visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, and textile art.

6 thoughts on “Interlude: Weaving with cloth”

  1. p.s. The online class format is really engaging — lots of video, photos, and interaction. I highly recommend it!

  2. Not quite the same thing, but I once made a rug out of old clothes and it was surprisingly meaningful to look at it and feel all the memories from the fabrics come floating to mind. These are lovely.

  3. I love the indigo and peach piece — seems to be a work on its own.These weavings give the same feeling as I have digging through a box of scraps for a certain color, finding things all three sisters have sewn, a childhood dress of my daughter’s, a fabric our mother loved…
    Nice work!

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