Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Crimson Kimono

Getting ready for exhibits has been the next great challenge.

This kimono was a community project.  It started with the band.  My friend Amy Norris said it looked like a gold ribbon flowing in and out of the band.  We decided it needed a garment, so she volunteered to weave fabric for it.

The band is a simple repeating double-faced design.  The background was Bambu 7, and the pattern was 2000ypp rayon chenille.  It was one continuous band woven on a floor inkle loom.

Amy wove the fabric with Bambu in a 16-shaft twill.  The warp was red, and the weft was actually the same blue as in the band.

Then Carolyn Hart volunteered (was coerced?) to put it all together.  I know she is still cussing me.  She did an incredible job however.  The left overs were two strips of fabric about 4" by 10" and about 10" of band.  That's talent!

Hopefully this will be accepted into the Convergence fashion show.  If you are going, maybe you'll see it there!

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