Saturday, November 19, 2016

Here We Go 20/2 Waves and Water

     Years ago I wove some bookmarks in 20/2 tencel and I remember being terrified at the thought of weaving with such fine threads.  Well, today I started weaving with those same fine threads, being 20/2 tencel, using one of my original patterns Waves and Water.  This changes the element of the fabric due not only to the finer threads but a much denser epi.
And then through the reed.
The tension set!
Color selection of the first scarf :)
Header woven in!  It's going to happen!!!!
Ok...pattern emerging...
     I'd have to say that I'm happy with the results thus far.  Since I have enough on the warp for 4 scarves, I might change colors a couple of times to see how it works out with the white background.  Comparing this to the same pattern in the past in 8/2 tencel, the 20/2 is about half the width and certainly more picks per inch. The fabric should have fabulous drape.  I guess I'll just have to see when I wet finish them.
      In other news, I have a lot of 20/2 silk that I purchased over 5 years ago so, I figured I would dye some of it to see how it turned out.  I have pictured above two different brands of 20/2 silk in the same dye bath.  The dye took a bit differently.  The two skeins on the left are from the same company and the four skeins on the right are from another.  From what I have read, a true black is hard to achieve but all in all I think I'm happy with the results of this dye test.  They rinsed clear and I'm really excited to get into dying some more silk and creating one of a kind pieces.

More pictures and updates to come! :)







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