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shibori

getting knotty with a remnant of taos pueblo

In preparation for the dye pot, I’ve been tying and knotting hundreds of small beads into the fabric panels for a kimono top.  The largest pieces are complete, but there are still detail areas on the sleeves that need to be tied.  My hands can only tolerate this work for about an hour each night because it requires the use of coarse upholstery thread that must be bound exceedingly tight.

I view this part of the shibori resist process as a meditation.  Last night, however, all I could obsess about was how much I hated the word, flesh.  And, the texture of flan.

Squirrely brain.

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Bisque

frost, New Year's Day 2010

My New Year’s gift to all ThreadingWater readers – the recipe for Shrimp-Crab Bisque.  Fair warning, this is not for anyone watching their caloric intake.  It truly is a once-a-year treat, especially for those of us in the cold, snowy north who can stand to pack on some extra winter weight.

ThreadingWater’s Shrimp-Crab Bisque

Stock:  You will need approximately 6 Cups of good seafood stock.  I make my own with the following ingredients:

  • 4 Cups water
  • 1 Cup white wine
  • 6 Cups shrimp, crab and/or lobster shells
  • 1 Cup clam juice

Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 45 min. to 1 hour.  Strain solids and reserve liquid.

Bisque Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 medium onion or 3 medium leeks chopped fine
  • 1-2 stalks celery chopped fine
  • 2 carrots chopped fine
  • 1/4 Cup flour or gluten-free flour mix (approximate)
  • 1/2 Cup cooking sherry
  • salt to taste and white pepper to taste
  • 4 Cups half & half
  • 1/2 lb. lump crab meat
  • 1/2 lb. shelled shrimp
  • lemons and limes
  • TW’s secret bisque dry herb mixture, minced together in food processor
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tsp. sage
    • 1/4 tsp. basil
    • 1 tsp. thyme
    • 1 tsp. marjoram
    • 2 tsp. fennel seed
    • 1 tsp. oregano
    • 1 tsp. savory

Melt butter in large pot and saute vegetables until soft.  Sprinkle with flour, adding a small amount at a time and whisking into butter and vegetables until it forms a roux.  Stir constantly for 1-5 minutes, then stir in stock, sherry, dry herb mixture and simmer for 20 minutes.  Season with salt and white pepper.

Add half & half, simmer for another 10 minutes but do not allow to boil.  Stir often.

When almost ready to serve, add crab meat and shrimp.  Heat until shrimp is pink, approximately 5 minutes.

Serve with lemons and limes.  (I always use both because I find the combination is dynamite!)

Yum!  Love-in-a-bowl.  Happy New Year.

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Merry

Time to lighten up with this classic from 1954.  Merry, merry everyone!

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Gift

hand-dyed, painted and stitched silk scarf

I made this for a co-worker.  Our annual gift exchange is this evening and, with the way things have been going around threadingwater acres, I didn’t even begin this project until last Sunday.

Deadlines.  My current best friend.  If only I could impose them upon myself, then one day you might get to see the kimono top I’ve been working on since summer; silk from Vietnam (thank you stepson), matched with hand-dyed, batiked rayon and hand-pieced with faggoting.

Faggoting.  I’ve loved that word for forever.  Always makes me think of Dickens’ grimy London and people scrounging for faggots.  Of course, that’s an entirely different definition of the word that means twigs or other small wood kindling for a fire.  Not at all like faggoting in sewing terms.

Don’t mind me.  Just rambling today.  Feel free to continue this dissociative thread in comments.

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Pile It On

New Mexico, 2009

On my body.  On my bed. On my needles.

Just never over my eyes.

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Ready (or not)

Big fiber-y weekend ahead.  Heading south for the monster yarn event of the year.  Not the best, but certainly the biggest.   Taking along this tome which finally arrived from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

thread_writing

The subtitle (too small to read in the photo) is “Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities.”  I was lucky enough to view the show in person.  Amazing is not a strong enough word.  Still thinking about some of the batik and indigo dyeing when I fall asleep at night.

Yarn is packed and BigAssVan is ready to hit the road.

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