Weaving with 60/2 silk, the finale


It’s done!  It turns out that all the worry and stress were for nothing.  There was not a single broken warp end.  I really thought the flat steel heddles would have done a number on the threads, but it didn’t.  After the scarf was done, I had a little warp left to play with.  Being as I was in the safe zone, I wanted to see just how much of a beating the silk could take before it snapped.  Using some 20/2 cotton, I wove what was left.  Still no broken warp ends.  60/2 silk is much stronger than I thought.  I took it to the weaving guild this past weekend for show and tell, and got many many compliments on it.  Here are a few pictures, which do not do it justice if I do say so myself.  (I swear I checked these pics in Picnik but now they look darker.  When I grow up, I want to make pictures look like the real thing. *sigh*)

There are a few more on my Flickr page.  I should have taken some from farther away but didn’t think about it until now.

Frost Crytals in Silk by Doramay Keasbey from the book Twill Thrills
Warp and Weft: RedFish DyeWorks 60/2 silk sett at 48 epi
Started threading Dec 19, 2009
Finished January 8, 2010

Funny story though.  I was threading and probably 3/4 of the way through, I counted the threads and counted the heddles and the numbers. did. not. match!  I went back through the threading and did find a mistake.  I had threaded one set of four heddles twice.  Rethreaded, being extremely careful.  Again, 3/4 of the way through and counted.  Again, no match.  There might have been a few tears.  I started pulling the threads out of the heddles again and after I’d pulled out about 200 threads, a thought came to mind.  Maybe I should check my cheat sheet.  Let’s say it should be threaded 1 2 3 4 over and over and end with 3.  I had incorrectly marked that it should end on 2.  (If only the threading were that short of a sequence!) Still, I had pulled out those 200 threads for nothing.  They were right.  When I started weaving the scarf, I told myself that if there was a threading error, I was going to cut the silk off the loom and throw it away because if it wasn’t right after rethreading that many times, it would never be right!   I’m glad it was right.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meg in Nelson
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 15:48:39

    Lovely lovely piece! Never mind the photo editing, the scarf speaks for itself!!!

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  2. Evelyn Oldroyd
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 17:05:54

    Gorgeous! Evelyn

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  3. Janice in GA
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 17:59:11

    That looks amazing! Well done!

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  4. Beth
    Jan 11, 2010 @ 19:54:57

    It’s wonderful! I’m very impressed!

    Reply

  5. Charlotte
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 01:16:01

    Wow, love it!! Know what you mean about the threading story – I’m always doing stupid things like that 😉

    Reply

  6. grecowoodcrafting
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 13:29:24

    That looks GREAT!!

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  7. Peg in South Carolina
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 15:55:09

    Beautiful job. Silk, even 60/2 silk is, as you discovered, very very strong. I weave it at just about the highest tension I can get on my loom and rarely have breakage. And if I do have breakage, it is a due to a fault in the spinning or the plying of the yarn, not in the fiber.

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  8. ladyoftheloom
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 16:02:42

    Amazing! 48 epi! Pat yourself on the back a couple of times because the scarf is beautiful!

    Reply

  9. Donna S.
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 17:18:55

    Wow! That is beautiful.

    Reply

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