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June 24, 2013

 scarf using high twist silk yarn in the weft

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this yarn really works! it was fun to use and the skeptic in me is surprised

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the single stripe of madder dyed silk makes a bright contrast

 eight harness twill creates a difference in shade

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after three white warps it was time for a change

some interesting colour  samples, preparing for discharge dyeing

amazing what a difference a weft colour makes

first some samples and then a final project

4 yarns wound at a time, using up small balls of fine cotton

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handspun tussah silk dyed/ mordanted in rhubarb leaves

check out Leena’s blog at for more information on using rhubarb leaves

they are poisonous, use them with care

I use them as a mordant but on the silk they give a soft olive-green

8 Comments leave one →
  1. lagriccia permalink
    June 25, 2013 10:55 pm

    Fascinating, and very interesting the effect of the high twist silk yarn.
    Hand weaving is really part of your DNA.


  2. June 25, 2013 3:02 pm

    i always wonder how that high twist works on the finished piece; i do believe i quite like it! the colors are lovely, and it’s a very exciting piece, i bet it drapes amazingly. what fiber are the greys?


    • June 25, 2013 4:41 pm

      Anastasia – you can see it on the loom on my post of June 18th – the grey is actually a pale taupe. It is Bryan’s reeled silk (very fine). I have more of the elastic silk and a cone of black,too,so I’m thinking about what to do with that.


  3. June 24, 2013 8:05 pm

    sexy, slinky, kinky…hmm, jean, WHAT is going on there?


  4. June 24, 2013 2:39 pm

    These are fun! Great stripe interest, and the high twist yarn is so sexy!


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