tiny masters and makiage

as micheal so aptly describes silkworms on his famous website Wormspit the silkworms have become my tiny masters. Susan from ito de is also working at raising some too, with varied success. so far i’m good but still i expect i may kill them off at any point in this adventure. here are a few pics at day 5. remember, they were much smaller when they first hatched (hard to believe)-

a few progress pics of the makiage piece you saw in the last post-the front side

back side-

and then the madness that is the drawing up of all these threads- a little more madness than i counted on so to remedy that i made adequate preparations…

it certainly did help-

then the indigo madness began-

culminating in this result-

now before you go all gaga and approve, i have some criticisms of the piece to list. first, while all the stitching lines held and the process in general went well, the overall design is not very desirable for makiage.
hard to tell really that it is a fish (if you didn’t know beforehand). so perhaps a bit too complicated for this size of a piece. i think it would have been much improved to my liking if some of the stitching had been eliminated altogether. while these stencils were fine for kanoko shibori, not all of them will translate well to this application. most though are not this complicated and now that i see this i know better which ones i might choose to use in this way. i will say though that using the powdered (cosmetic grade) ground indigo to brush over the stencil worked beautifully and transferred the design efficiently. i’m going to go through the stencils and pick out a few more that i want to try out. i wonder if any of you out there might be interested in purchasing some cotton marked with the design and stitch them up yourselves… think i will test out the thought at the upcoming Quilt Festival in Long Beach.

off to work…and yes, i do know it is a holiday!

10 thoughts on “tiny masters and makiage

  1. Aaron

    I think that the design didn’t turn out well with Maki Age, but I’m sure it would be beautiful if you kept experimenting with different techniques.


  2. Frankie

    I like the way it turned out, and I would like to see more. I also like the pictures of your little silkworms. : )


  3. Susan Fennell

    your “cats” look so healthy! what are you feeding them?

    love the design even though you aren’t satisfied. what kind of fabric did you work on? I agree that maybe it needed to be larger (it’s hard to say), still like the way you approached it.

    and yes…I think i would be interested in some of your pre-marked designs.


    1. glennis

      do they call them “cats”? maybe kittens at this stage- tiny masters seems appropriate! i am feeding them the silkworm chow from mulberry farms. they say you can use this completely but of course it is more expensive. they say that you can easily switch them to leaves but you can’t go back after switching. the worms can only be fooled as long as they don’t get the real thing. i could elaborate on this metaphorically to life in general here but…

      as you know, there is room for improvement in most first time approaches to shibori (and many other things!) but it is interesting. the fabric is a cotton lawn. lightweight and easy to sew and dye.

      you are one of the few here who can fully appreciate the challenges of pulling up the threads on something like this. there HAS to be a method or you are totally lost in the madness of it. which to pull up first? and why? having done some before-though less complicated- i had some ideas.
      really, it starts with the stitching and organizing the starts and stops.


  4. jude

    finding the balance is the the journey. art is going… and you are going here so we can follow. great idea to get some patterns together. like little travel journals….


    1. glennis

      yes, art is going. a living thing really, epitomized by the tiny masters. speaking of travel, job for the day is finishing up the japan brochure….art IS going!



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