When I was in Japan last May I had a chance to try Kenzo Jo’s special stretchy yarn. I had used stretchy yarn in the weft before, but never in the warp. This yarn is stretched and starched so that you can wind it into a warp like any other fibre. Once you wash the piece, the starch comes out and the yarn contracts making for a fabulous effect.
In this piece, I put this yarn every 5 (or so) threads just in the centre section.
Here is the result before washing…
So exciting to see the changes!
Then, it stayed in my studio until a few days before the SAORI Kai this past weekend. I needed something new to wear and so it was time for this piece to become a garment. I wanted to feature the ruffles and so I made it into a vest, using the ruffles as a collar, the back yoke and as a feature at the bottom of the back of the vest.
This was so simple to make as it is just two pieces. One piece is the entire front – from the bottom at one side, up and around the back becoming the collar and yoke, and then back down the other side. The back is a piece cut off and sewn to the yoke and the two sides. I sewed this all by hand. After I made it, I realized that it is similar in design to the vest in the Beginner’s Clothing Design book called the Rocket Vest (design #9).
I added a few of “Bob’s Buttons” to finish it off (the morning of the kai!)…
The vest is very lightweight, but warm as all the fibre is a very soft wool from SAORI Japan.
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Beautiful!!!! I can not wait to weave one for myself. Thank you so much for the inspiration Terri :0) mari
Thanks Mari. Would love to see what you create!
I love the way this turned out and how you waited until it told you what it wanted to be. The ruffled collar is just perfect! And so are the buttons….
It was fun to consider what it might be. When I knew, it just all came together so easily. And the buttons finish it off so nicely, thanks to Bob!