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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    BWeaves, to rotate photos I drag the photo onto my iMac desktop, then I "open" it. Above the photo is an icon to rotate it. When it's oriented the right way, I upload it.

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    Surely I'm not the only person seriously lusting after the Temptress strand from Kojima Pearl?

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    Oh, yes, I lust after the Temptress rope, too. I've tried it on and it's just too heavy for me.

    I did play with my new toy last night. I hung my Kasumi pendant on a diamond hoop, and put one of my Mom's South Sea pearl earring drops on the other hoop, for a mismatched pair. The Kasumi pearl didn't work on the huggies the SS pearls came on, but it works on the longer hoop.

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    And today I wore the Kasumi drop on my yellow gold knit choker, with my Kasumi and tanzanite drop earrings from Kojima. My top and shawl are my latest handwoven pieces. The copper and green in the pearl match the copper and green silk and wool in the fabric perfectly.

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    Natural Pearl Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert battah's Avatar
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    BWeaves, that shawl pattern is mesmerizing. Do you actually weave the texture in, or is it blocked/ironed afterward? That's so, so gorgeous.
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    Very beautiful colorplay there!

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    Gorgeous BWeaves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by battah View Post
    BWeaves, that shawl pattern is mesmerizing. Do you actually weave the texture in, or is it blocked/ironed afterward? That's so, so gorgeous.
    It's a variation on woven Shibori. Shibori is the Japanese version of tie dye, except you sew the fabric, draw up the sewing threads tight, and then dye the fabric. The dye can't get in where the sewing is drawn up tight, so the fabric isn't dyed there and makes a resist pattern.

    In woven Shibori, I weave in the draw up threads, in this case in a diamond pattern. The loom does the work for me. Then I pull the drawup threads tight and steam the fabric. I didn't dye it this time. Because some of the threads are Orlon, instead of silk and wool, the Orlon melts just a teeny bit when it's steamed, and holds the pleat. Then when I snip the draw up threads, the fabric stays permanently pleated. When I wear it, it's like wearing a woven Slinky toy. I play with the pleats constantly.

    I'm a bit of a natural fiber snob, so having to use Orlon, Nylon, or polyester in this technique makes me feel icky, but it's the only way to have the pleats stay permanent. I have found that I don't need to make the fabric completely artificial, though. I can get away with only half or even a quarter of the fabric be Orlon and still pleat successfully. The wool and silk is a nice complement to the Orlon, as I have both yarns in the same colors.

    About the shawl. I couldn't decide which side of the fabric I liked better, so I gave it a twist and sewed it together as a Mobius strip. When I wear it, the fabric flips on my front, and you can see both sides of the fabric. There's a seam up the back that I somehow managed to make look invisible. That was total serendipity.
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    beautiful work, BWeaves!

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    Wow BWeaves! I love the mismatched earrings and your beautiful shawl.

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    Gorgeous outfit!!!

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    Love hearing about your weaving (Mom was a weaver & fiber artist) and seeing the wonderful combinations with your beautifully coordinated jewelry!
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    Amazing shawl !! Thank you for explaining the technique. I have absolutely no understanding of the art of weaving. Your explanation was very helpful - it's quite remarkable. And the earrings look great !!

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    Bweaves it's amazing how u can create the pattern. I love the pleats please series from issey miyaki. So am a big fan of pleats

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    BWeaves, your new weavings are stunning works of art! I especially love your new Kasumi pendant on the woven gold choker ... beautiful!
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    Wonderful pearls everyone! And BWeaves, I'm in awe of your weaving!

    I'm so excited to share here! I bought this necklace from Kojima Pearl. It's 23" long and made up of Chinese freshwater, Japan akoya, Japan Kasumi, and Tahitian pearls.

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    I'll share pictures as soon as it arrives.

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