Tried out this idea in the sample above. First I knitted an open weave and then I wove the same yarn through in two directions. It’s a bit messy but it did give stability to the knit which reduced stretch and lying flat. Pretty much what I was after in terms of thinking of knit as a substrate for further textile work.
The smaller sample is an example of linen stitch with a couple of variations through it. Linen stitchis what I came up with when I researched for knit stitch that looked like weave. This is a great stitch that produces a fabric that is more flat on the surface and doesn’t curl. It’s a bit time consuming and could be stiffer than us sometimes useful.
Here is an example of linen stitch with self striping yarn and using a needle size ranging from 4 mm/5mm/7mm/8mm. Couldn’t find any sixes😕.
The resultant fabric is flat and soft. It becomes more open weave as it gets larger but would still be useable.
Flash of light
Thrill of excitement
Where the clouds meet the ground
All this paper manipulation got me thinking about rusting paper. Out here there is rusted metal everywhere and I have collected some bits and and old rusted metal box.
I put the lot together with some water and vinegar and popped in a piece of organza and some paper. Two days later I have this piece of silk organza after washing. Paper still needs rinsing. Not particularly related to my drawings but related to the environment I’m in at the moment.
Got my book on Haiku a couple of days ago. Had a quick read and then yesterday morning thought I would write a haiku about getting out of bed, as that was what I was doing at the time I thought of it.
Stiff ankles gritted teeth
Rise from bed
Haven’t really read the rules yet and I think this is wrong but fun. I really love the ambiguity in haiku. It can resonate because of this. Your own feelings and meanings can be overlaid to fit.
Don’t want to forget about Haiku. Reminded today when I was flicking through the course outline and saw mention of wabi-sabi. Went to investigate the recommended book and saw books on Haiku too.
I remember the gist of a haiku from forty years ago when I was at school. A couple of years ago I looked it up using the wonders of the internet and found that it was a haiku by Taigi – a japanese guy who lived in the 1700s.
My memory was this:
A butterfly flew by
Look, look there I said
But there was noone there.
The actual haiku was about a firefly and is translated differently to what I have written, but still the mood and meaning has stayed with me. It’s the only poem I remember from school and at the time, and still, I find it poignantly sad.
I’m thinking that I would like to be able to write haiku to accompany my work. Or maybe write haiku to inspire my work. Perhaps a fragment as title. One line of a haiku is even called a fragment – an evocative word in itself. They just seem so expressive, and at the same time accessible.
This is the post excerpt.
Just wanted to get this started. It’s nearly 3 am so I have to go to bed but am keen to get going with my textile course and wanted to get my online journal set up and ready to use.
Actually turned out to be 3.30 before I got to bed and still not done completely but this morning I think I have completed the set up. Yay!