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July 16, 2013

I dyed the silk skeins individually, with rhubarb leaves, as it was spun

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each skein was a slightly different shade

so – I mordanted them together in alum

 then dyed them again in the last of the leaves

voila – the same colour

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I thought it would be a good colour with the blue silk warp

but it looked dreadful – so out it came.

weaving-finishing 314instead, I’m using a hand-spun 2 ply silk that was “painted”, before spinning, with Procion MX dyes

there are 2 narrow pattern blocks on each selvedge

and I miss-counted when winding the warp, I could have dropped 1 block on each side

but- I’m stubborn!

here is the solution

weaving-finishing 312a bell on each end might be interesting?

meanwhile I’ve been knitting in the heat

spinning 173all hand-spun 2 ply yarns

spinning 172from the stash – Merino, silk, silk/cashmere blend, silk/camel blend and alpaca

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2013 1:18 pm

    I agree the handspun silk painted yarn is much nicer with this warp. Happy Weaving!


  2. July 16, 2013 1:36 pm

    Wow, I love that shawl. Any possibility you might be willing to share the pattern? I have a stash of handspun laceweight similar to what you have used.


    • July 16, 2013 1:59 pm

      Heather – it’s not really a pattern I just made it up as I got going. ‘ll give it some thought, write it down and send it to you. It took more yarn than I expected and is more a scarf than a shawl. It starts with 3 stitches at the center top and you just keep adding stitches on a circular needle. There was ALOT of stitches by the end.


  3. July 16, 2013 5:35 pm

    I really like the greeny colour you got from the rhubarb leaves Jean. Shawl is gorgeous too!


  4. July 16, 2013 6:49 pm

    color in yarn/weaving with all the added dimensionality, etc, can often be “educational” shall we say. glad you had that lovely procion dyed stuff to make it ok.


  5. July 16, 2013 10:43 pm

    Amazing Jean, how many things can you achieve in one day!?!?


  6. July 17, 2013 2:49 am

    weaver ingenuity!


    • July 17, 2013 3:19 am

      Neki – it works but only in a pinch!
      Blandina – there are lots of things that don’t get done.


  7. July 18, 2013 5:27 pm

    I really like your rhubarb dyeing results and the handspun shawl is lovely. I take it that one is natural colours.


    • July 18, 2013 6:43 pm

      Cathy – thanks, the Merino was spun from a blend of commercially dyed fibre and the 2 ply silk I dyed with Procion MX dyes. They both look natural and are almost identical in colours. the rest of the yarns are all natural.


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