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the beauty of natural fibre and natural dyes

December 9, 2012

the inspiration for this warp was a magazine picture of kelp, sorry the camera doesn’t capture the colours

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and some beautiful coloured yarns

tw0 of Bryan’s hand reeled natural dyed silks

they are very fine but somehow I’m going to use them

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 two heavier, textured silk singles from The Silk Weaving Studio

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handspun natural green  FoxFiber cotton

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and the shifu /silk yarn dyed with lichen

the skein on the left was cut at .4mm and on the right at .3mm, there really is a difference

I’m thinking of trying the next cut at .2mm, it may be too fine.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2012 2:09 pm

    Lovely vibrant fall colors. Bryan is quite the silk master.


  2. December 9, 2012 4:47 pm

    Yummy colours, so subtle. I found a Japanese newspaper article on Bryan that my friend in Suzuka sent me several years ago,as I was packing to move. When it re-surfaces I will pass it on to you.


    • December 9, 2012 5:24 pm

      Heather – hope you are getting settled, strange the things we choose to save and move.
      Kristin – Bryan raises his own silk worms, reels or spins, dyes it naturally and then weaves with it. His stash is enough to give me heart palpitations.


  3. Renee permalink
    December 9, 2012 7:46 pm

    Wow, those are beautiful.


  4. December 10, 2012 1:36 am

    Glorious colors!!


  5. December 10, 2012 7:39 pm

    it will be lovely! the warm russet tones are really enticing, i love the textures as well. it will be interesting how the finished fabric will feel. what epi and reed size will you use?


    • December 10, 2012 9:17 pm

      Anastasia – the epi is 30 – doubled in a 15 dent reed and it is weaving up quite quickly


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