Saturday, June 13, 2009

Crankin Right Along:)

I'm happy to say that the alpaca/silk scarves are wet finished, dried, pressed and labeled! I'm really happy with my first set of 'men's' scarves and have an appointment to torture someone as a model......:)

Currently hanging on the drying rack are the Waves and Water Shawls. I cannot wait to post pictures of those bad boys!!! I finished twisting the fringe on the black weft and brought it outside to take a look at it in the sun. I almost passed out!!! It's beautiful!!! I just love that tencel fiber, it really shines and shows off the structure:)

That leads me to my next point.....crankin right along. I have stayed away from silk in my weaving. Today, I started weaving some huck lace scarves in 8/2 silk and have now found that my new favorite fiber to weave with is silk! I think I may have been staying away from it knowing that it would take me captive to it's softness and sheen! I'm in love!!! I have finished 2 1/2 of the 3 huck lace scarves. One is a gift and the other two I think I may try some surface techniques with. Am I crazy? I know that silk is great with dye and I'm thinking of perhaps using some 'out there' dyeing techniques to play with. I'm a little nervous:)

Please pardon the lighting in this picture and my long piggies on the bottom:)

Today was a fun day for my special little guy! He had his first class trip!!! I woke him up at 6:30am and he was quite groggy and still half asleep. I reminded him that he was going to ride the school bus today (I drive him so this is new new new!!!!) and he sat bolt upright, eyes wide open and said "Mommy, today I ride the school bus". He repeated this same sentence over and over (even while eating a bowl of cereal) until we got to the school. See his excitement? I'm sure the bus driver had a headache with how many times he heard The Wheels on the Bus song;)

2 comments:

Susan said...

While I weave a lot with tencel, truth be known, silk is my favourite! I have moved too often to have a big dye weekend but *soon* I hope to be painting silk warps. I have three 6 yard warps prewound of silk and 1 of tencel to try out procion mx. Need to wind 2 more tencel! It's fun to weave those summer colours up in the winter when it's blah out!

I don't know where silk gets its 'delicate' reputation as its actually tough and takes tension well. Really fine silks do need special care in beaming. It's subject to static and can literally tangle before your eyes!

Looking forward to seeing your pictures!

Susan

StephanieASmith said...

Your weaving is beautiful! I love seeing your work. And, your little guy is adorable:):)
~Steph