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silk, glorious silk!

July 14, 2012

I’m preparing some of Bryan’s silk for my next weaving project

this reeled silk still has much of the sericin (glue) in it and is quite wiry, slowly and with patience is the only way!

it was a large skein and I was anticipating trouble – I’ve worked with this weight of silk before when I was at Kawashima

I wanted to ply it with the spun silk which is soft, fluffy and textured

the ball on the right is spun silk, on the left  the two silks plied

this is the reeled silk, can you see how fine the individual threads from each cocoon are when they separate a little?

the white thread along the bottom of the picture is regular sewing thread


Cynthia, this picture is for you! the colour is the same – green tea mochi  

who cares if Bryan says it is fattening! 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2012 1:16 am

    what treats!! silk from bryan and matcha mochi- although it’s not for me 🙂


  2. July 15, 2012 7:06 am

    i think that your silk puzzle looks like a treat to sort.


  3. July 14, 2012 6:26 pm

    So, you have to unravel the silk? Is that like detangling yarn… in that the time/patience you must take with it turns out to be meditative and therapeutic when you’re done?
    It is beautiful.
    Oh and the green tea mochi is looks really good, though my favorite is lychee!


    • July 14, 2012 6:50 pm

      Renee – that is silk yarn, very very fine, skeined after it has been reeled off the cocoon and it isn’t very meditative untangling it. the trick is not to tangle it in the first place but that happens when you dye it.


  4. July 14, 2012 2:40 pm

    these photos are so lovely! i’m drooling over the mochi. the only type i can get are green tea icecream mochi (they’re so yummy!). the silk looks so ethereal and light, the green is just a perfect pale color that it is striking in its quiet. the sericin makes it easier to unravel, in some ways, but if you drop it, forget about ever untangling it quickly. you may want to try tilting your swift vertically so that it lessens the chance of it sliding off. i’m in anticipation of what you going to create! save any scraps of it!


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