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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 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.


  2. 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.


  3. July 16, 2013 10:43 pm

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


  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 5:35 pm

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


  6. 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.


  7. July 16, 2013 1:18 pm

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


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