Saturday, 16 May 2009

Green silk crammed and spaced scarf

This is my entry to the 2009 SSVE. (This is a post-dated post, I'm actually on holiday in Australia at the moment!)

This is a scarf made from a space-dyed 30/2 silk warp, dyed in three shades of green - an avocado green, an yellower variant of that, and a blue variant of that. The warp was threaded using a crammed-and-spaced approach. This gave an overall sett of 30 epi, with the most dense parts set at 60 epi, all the way down to 10 dpi at the most widely set portions. The weft is handspun silk cap, dyed before spinning to the same colours as the warp. The fringe was simply twisted, to give a slight variation in the spacing of the fringe.

Here's a close-up of the weave structure:

The design was woven using a reversing twill, to give diamonds. In the less crammed spaces, these form an eye pattern.

On the 30th of March, I gave this scarf as a gift to a collleague who had resigned from work. She was absolutely delighted with it, and immediately put it on.

I spotted it artistically folded on her desk this morning, keeping her company. :)