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June 13, 2013

8 harness samples finished, cut off and washed

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they have answered several questions

you can use up odds and ends in the weft stripes and they don’t look like leftovers

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right – the white and yellow stripes are paper

the main weft is handspun hemp singles dyed with madder

the 3/1 twill areas sit on top of the fabric almost like ribbon

light coloured wefts are effective – and yes, I know there is a treadling mistake in the center white stripe

on the left, pattern weft is handspun silk singles – dyed with indigo stems (soft blue/grey), madder and silk hankies painted with Procion MX before spinning

2013 explorations 009 it is the overspun elastic silk weft

that is the winner

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it gathered when washed

I can’t wait to weave the remaining warp in this technique for a silk scarf

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2013 8:50 am

    Your plaid samples are little works of art. So handsome!


  2. June 14, 2013 3:05 am

    jean, that is brilliant, that overspun silk, creating amazing texture. yes, indeed!


    • June 14, 2013 7:50 am

      Velma – the cone of elastic silk sat on the back of the shelf for several years, and there’s a cone of black, too. magical stuff!


      • June 14, 2013 1:42 pm

        so elastic isn’t overspun silk…it’s actually silk and elastic?


      • June 14, 2013 1:55 pm

        Velma – this one appears to be silk fibre spun on a core thread of silk that is so fine I could only see it under the magnifying glass of a linen count. together they are no thicker than a human hair. the only elasticity is how extremely overspun it is, no way to dye it as it needs to to wound onto a bobbin directly from the cone. I’m considering trying to produce a similar yarn by overspinning on my wheel – a winter project, I think.


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