It’s been exactly a year since I wove some monk’s belt towels. That batch did not use up my yarn stash as much as I hoped. I still have just odds and ends of mercerized and unmercerized cotton, cottolin, and linen, in different sizes and colors. Stripes are a great way to blend those yarns into useable textiles, so I am working on another batch.
This is about a 6-yard warp – I have so many ideas about ways to vary the weft stripes that I wish the warp were twice as long.
Outside, there is one common persimmon tree that is covered with fruit (and about 100 with no fruit). I will be experimenting to see if it works for a dye or mordant. Last summer, before there was fruit on the tree, I thought it was a tupelo (black gum) tree – tupelos look very much the same, but their leaves are opposite instead of alternating.
I did one sample with the leaves, with alum mordant and an ammonia dip afterward. It gave a gorgeous golden yellow, that was very lightfast. So I have high hopes for these fruits!