Frustration on two levels
Even though it was a bit of a frustrating week, things got done. Above is the dyed ikat back on the board. It looks like measuring in 1/4 of a woven inch is working better. This is only partially untied, but as you can see where the pink arrow is, the line between dyed/undyed is pretty crisp. Now will it stay that way as I work? Who knows.
A seam ripper comes in handy when untying the ikat tape. The only one I had was small, but that’s an unimportant detail because I couldn’t find it. Off to the store and getting a collection of seam rippers, none of them small. I need one with a Bluetooth connection that I can use my phone to find.
And more frustration. My Rowenta iron died. It’s the kind with the huge separate water reservoir. It stopped steaming or holding a temperature. So, being that kind of person, research was necessary. The kind that shut off automatically drive me nuts. In a Good Housekeeping review, I found this one, ordered it, and got it Monday. Back in business. It does turn off automatically, but if it’s on its heel, after 30 minutes. I can live with that.
The iron was important because I had committed to getting this one piece mounted. And here it is! Done! I stretched canvas over stretcher bars and then covered that with linen. Then I stitched the whole shebang to the canvas. I still need to put paper on the back and a hanger, but the hard part is done. This piece, before mounting is about 28 x 4 inches–I think. Will measure later.