I mixed up a jar of dye, a jar of soda ash and a jar of salt so that I could mix a small amount of dye whenever it was needed, enabling me to colour just a few squares at a time.
This achieved, I proceeded with the first exercise of the drawn thread work. Threads were withdrawn (in pairs so that the weave structure remained intact) from each square of fabric, forming different patterns.
Random groups of threads withdrawn horizontally.
Threads withdrawn in a pattern of 4x4
Groups of threads withdrawn to form both large & small holes on the fabric.
Groups of threads withdrawn randomly in both directions.
Threads withdrawn in fibonacci series.
Weave threads pulled sideways in both directions creating a distorted edge and also displacing the colours internally, similar to Ikat weaving.
Weave threads pulled inwards from the central area, creating loops and displacing colour. I like the way the holes are created when pulling threads from opposite directions. It forms a sort of contrast to the loop effect.
Several neighbouring threads were partially withdrawn. These were re-threaded into the weave in one 'clump' as a band and then anchored with a twisted knot.
The weave has been withdrawn in bands in both directions. The groups of threads have then been re-woven in rotating patterns. These were then held in place, and decorated with additional machine stitchery.