This is a scan of the bundled-up cotton which I tie-dyed in the indigo vat on Saturday. Now washed and ironed, the structure reminds me of ice crystals. It will make a great book cover.
Next week is the NEC Quilt Show in Birmingham and my sister, Dorothy, is coming down to attend lectures and a 3-day course on 'Creative Cloth' with Rayna Gillman who wrote a fantastic book on that topic. Dorothy knew I thought highly of the book and persuaded me to attend as well. So I have started collecting the things I need to take with me - all laid out on the garage table. I decided I would take the two pieces of indigo-dyed cotton to do further work on and also three pieces of the cotton I space dyed some weeks ago.
These have been ironed and rolled up round a cardboard tube. I managed to find 'the fish stencil', which I bought years ago. I would love to use it again. It is about 12 inches square. But the only way of getting all this stuff to the class room has to be a wheeled suitcase!
In addition to all this next week, I am going to a one-day class on Bookbinding at the local Technical College. This is about 'Orthodox Bookbinding' as in 'Coptic Bookbinding'. I am not even too sure what the distinguishing features of Orthodox bookbinding are. I have an image of a carved ivory book cover or one made of carved wood with painted gesso additions! I'll report further when I know more!!
I have started warping up the Voyager with the indigo tie-dyed wool. The wool is really nice quality - 2-ply from Texere. I need the scarf completed by the September Guild meeting and, in any case, I have to warp up for a course on Network Drafting with Alice Schlein near the end of September.