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Russian indigo

I’ve been thinking – I will share here,  now and then,  some textile links I stumble upon in Russian-speaking  internet comminity. (Just because I can :)

Here is indigo resist work of Elena Dikova from Kargopol

More on her VK page


everything sample

while waiting for the wool yarn ordered from an on-line shop, warped the loom with some old cottolin yarn,

sampling for the sake of sampling, just a study of some rosepath variations.


I am having a lot of fun!  I have enrolled in a year-long distance course in weaving at Fristads folkhögskola. We meet at school once a month for theory lessons, to get assignments and show and discuss the previous ones.

As a first homework we had to weave in black wool singles as warp and the same wool alternated with linen weft in different densities, as balanced as possible.

Training in beating technique and in being present during the process. And then we had to wash the pieces in washing machine at different temperatures to study the shrinkage.

weaving with black on black is not easy for the eyes, but it makes you look at the weaving more closely and carefully.

One of my clumped pieces after washing :)

we could experiment with the rest of the warp as we wished, so i tried  checked “myggtjäll” (swedish lace) in different variations and colors.

after hand-washing:

the wool is Farö (6000m/kg, 12 wic), surprisingly strong, not a single thread went off, and quite soft after washing.

little things from homemade cloth

indigo-dyed rest of the cloth and some handspun linen and nettle yarn

free-stripe linen band

home-grown lavender

lavender pillows, very limited edition.

and some pouches from the linen cloth i wove some time ago

found some vintage silk for the lining

noncanonical Kannon

finished “maid with birds”

old cyrillic incarnation of  Kanzeon – Guan Ying

primordial stitch

The more I looked at the traditional north-Russian embroideries from the region of Karelia the more I wanted to try one of these motifs.  I decided  to weave a linen cloth for it (mainly because i couldn’t find the cloth with the right feeling – rough and soft at the same time), from the old handspun linen yarn (which I bought from a Swedish weaver, her blog is one of my favourites). Both the warp and the weft are single linen threads.

weaving this little cloth wasn’t easy, even if I painted the warp with a jelly from cooked flax seeds  to strengthen it , the last 30 cm of weaving was pain. Luckily the warp was quite short (I was surprised it lasted for more than 1m).

Traditional Karelian embroideries are done with red color on white cloth, I wanted to make mine with white thread on indigo background, don’t ask me why.

Since it was my first attempt with indigo vat , I didn’t dare to dye the whole piece, so I cut out one-third of it. And it worked quite well and fast! (I used hydrosulfit method).

the stitching technique is one of the oldest and very similar to traditional european blackwork, and on the wrong side is supposed to look exactly the same as on the right side (and no knots!)  Well, luckily  I don’t have to show the back side of my embroidery piece to anybody :-)

(for somebody really curious – this little video shows  how they do it Karelia ,the woman on video is talking about how it is important that embroidery looks exactly the same on both sides – both because while doing it you exercise your brain and because “you have nothing to hide” from the world around you – there is no back side of life)

winter blues

textile X-mas cards (cyanotype on cloth) and some other blue crafting

bought a whole bolt of vintage japanese fabric here 


contemporary boro

purely utilitarian.

mended my man’s gardening-and-fixing jeans (3 pairs done, 3 to go). Felt like early 1900-s japanese fisherman’s wife.  It’s a good feeling. Form is changing, function remains.

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a blog too

I’ve been thinking – since my textile obsession interest is becoming more and more obvious, may be it’s time I do something about it. Also during one week last month I somehow managed to acquire a sewing machine, a couple of spindles,  spinning wheel (times two) and a loom. And lots of wool and yarn.

So let it be a blog too.

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