My Dilemma That’s Not a Real Dilemma: Or Is it a Quandary?

I dyed these silks with natural dyes a couple of years ago. Now I want to make a hanging with them. I think I want to integrate this group of silks with the ones in the next photo. I want to enter this year’s BoND exhibition in China. My deadline is August 31.


I dyed this group of silks around the same time. I’m thinking that the combination of the two groups will be my pallet. That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far.


I had 35 different white silk fabrics that I cut into swatches so each dye pot had 35 shades or tones when the fabrics came out of the pot. Here are the fabrics before dyeing. I think one turned out not to be silk—“he” always showed up .


18 thoughts on “My Dilemma That’s Not a Real Dilemma: Or Is it a Quandary?”

  1. You could weave using rya technique using your scarfs. Maybe make a very large weaving with rya and keep the scarves whole. Might be interesting.

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  2. Peggy, are you looking for ideas on what you might do with these dyed squares? If so, here’s one. I think you have the beginning of a very fine Chinese dragon. The darker colors would be best for the outside, and the more subtle colors might work well for its underbelly. You might have to dye some more squares. If I were to do it, it would look like something done by a third grader but I’m sure you could turn it into something fantastic. Just a thought from this old Weaver, who can’t sleep tonight.

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  3. What a delight to see all the colors. What would an individual fabric look like with the variety of the dyes. I once did an overdye study and was pleased with some of the ranges of overdye, the green and orange were most interesting.

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  4. So comforted by your carrying on with your projects! I was
    Imagining as I read your thoughts about using your dye pieces in a hanging: a piece that has an off the wall shape or
    even a free standing form you could attach your silk colors on both sides or even inside if the form was somewhat cylindrical.

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  5. How about making ribbon roses out of them & carnations & sewing them to fabric… even squares of the silk sewn together like a quilt. Or adding the flowers to a weaved background.
    I have a question about a weaving draft. I’ve been card weaving for a year & actually forgot how to use a regular weaving draft !
    I was about to weave a draft from here
    https://historicweaving.com/wordpress/drafts/
    …the second 2-shaft – the maroon & white one
    How could I press the same treadle 4 times in a row? It wouldn’t weave. What am I missing here? It’s only 2 shafts so tabby in between would end up a plain weave no? Thanks a bunch.
    Good luck with your deadline !

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    • I think you could use floating selvedges. That’s all I can think of.
      I would ask the seller if that’s what she expects or if another answer.
      Peggy

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  6. Thank you for the response. You’re right -floating selvages !!! That takes care of that DUH!!! It wasn’t until today when a friend, who doesn’t understand weaving at all, suggested that (his version of that) that it finally sunk in that floating selvages is the whole solution. I plan to use that pattern for a double layer weave with the sides closed which, duh, would have solved the issue also. Thank you again!
    I have a WHOLE BUNCH of links I saved on different ways to make fabric roses if you want them. If nothing else, they might give you other ideas.
    P.S. The pattern on that link I sent was free & I’d have to log on to the site to post a comment & there is no way to sign up.

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  7. Look up the significance of the number 35. (Cultural, spiritual, practical, mathematical etc. Maybe personal?) When something “strikes” you, use that idea for not necessarily literal inspiration. 💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡💡

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  8. An additional whim – the show’s name is “Bond” – chemical bond, family bond,
    bond/bound.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with all your lovely colors!

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