If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I love the complexities of snowflake twill. In a previous post, I ran through a number of projects I've done featuring this pattern. I left you awhile ago with a brief view of the current three scarf warp on the big loom. I had found a streak on the underside of the warp. It looked fine on the top side! It was from a mis- threaded heddle where the thread went below the eye, so it produced a visible line, but not where I could see it.
I used a lovely 30/2 blend of 55% silk and 45% bleached camel. Its a soft creamy colour and soft as a cloud. The sett was 36 ends per inch and just about eight inches in the reed. After fixing my little oops, I decided to change my weft to something shiny as the warp is rather matte in finish. I end up weaving all three scarves in more subtle shades. The pattern can be a bit busy when brighter colour are used. I prefer things a bit more subtle. I wove two scarves to seventy two to seventy three inches and the last one went a bit long to seventy six inches! Its amusing how the warp that couldn't seem to get started, and then I couldn't get finished and then on the last scarf.... I wouldn't quit weaving!
Here's the bronze-gold bamboo weft (the last, longer scarf) on the fringing board.
This one has a fine 10/2 white tencel. Nice play of light on the pattern with the shiny weft and matte warp.
The picture above shows the silk/ bleached camel warp and a 45% regular camel and 55% silk for a lovely soft gold tone. This scarf is butter soft to touch! I twisted the fringe in fine bouts on all scarves for a more feminine look.
This grouping shows the sewing of beads and bling. I used various fine glass beads, Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls. There are twelve pearls and twelve crystals per scarf!
Madge Mannequin looks elegant all decked out. She's modeling the bamboo weft scarf.
In these below, you can see the camel/ silk with camel /silk. The pattern wove up 'to square' and smaller. More petite.
Below are shots of the white tencel and creamy warp. The contrast between matte and sheen is wonderful and so you get good pattern definition. Its just hard to shoot with a flash as the tencel shine takes over!
An interesting thing happened when I measured them up for their hang tags. The length was puzzling! Two scarves woven to seventy two or seventy three inches were now only sixty eight inches!. The extra long bamboo went from approx seventy six inches down to seventy two inches! The length wise shrinkage with the camel silk yarn is quite considerable. I will be making notes to add to the balance of the yarn for the next project.
Silk...its a lovely fibre to weave with. Plied, it has great strength on the loom as warp. Its lovely natural colour or takes a dye beautifully with acid based dyes. I've used Telana dyes with great success. My stash of 20/2 and 30/2 silks are running low and so I started to search for a source. At $117.00 to $135.00 per pound, it can get expensive fast. I checked all the usual places and then went looking for other sellers on line. and I found an Indian direct silk seller. (edit: link removed) I ordered five- one hundred gram skeins. That's just a bit over a pound... for $50.00 plus a small postage fee. It took some time to arrive and when it did, it was a marvel to behold! The postal clerk was amazed it was still full! So was I. The paper wrapping had a mesh backing and the silk was enclosed in a cellophane bag. It was unscathed but we all marveled at why... The only places on the parcel that was okay was where there was tape. They just didn't use much! I had a email conversation with the seller and the pictures convinced him that shipping changes were in order. Either to completely tape it, or use a box. Those Indian postal clerks play rough!
As you can see the silk inside was untouched and simply beautiful!
Edit: ... and at $10.00 a skein, I would like to order more but won't. They have repeated the poor shipping to another weaver and her parcel barely arrived in one piece too. My complaints about the wrapping didn't change a thing! They have also changed from a 'buy it now' to a bidding process which means the price is driven up considerably. Back to looking again!