I weave primarily in Bombyx silk with colored yarns hand dyed during the winter months. Strung across my studio, the heat from my wood stove dries with minimal snarls and knots. These scarves are limited edition—only two are warped (put on the loom) at a time. The dyes are never measured to ensure color spontaneity and an endless variety in the weaves and natural “imperfections.”
Silk is a natural fiber that drawn from the cocoon of a silk worm. In addition to being soft and luxurious, it is durable—strongest natural fiber. This translates into a woven scarf that is gentle, elegant, resilient.
Because of its natural protein structure, silk is highly breathable, absorbing up to 30% of its weight in moisture without making you feel damp—keeping you cool in the heat, preserving your body’s heat in the cold. And silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. containing many amino acids in common with the human body. Wind it around a sweater or a bare neck. Silk does not irritate the skin.
To maintain the sensuous, soft feel of the loosely woven fabric please hand wash in warm water; light tumble or air dry flat. Colors are permanent, but slight bleeding may occur. Please wash separately.
I bit of what I weave has been with bamboo. It contains all silk’s properties except not quite as strong. Bamboo is anti-bacterial which keeps you odor-free. Bamboo fiber, the most eco-friendly fiber, weaves into one of the softest fabrics.
Being plant based, I use a different dyeing technique than with the silk. The colors absorb differently and yield dissimilar results and making each skein an enjoyable surprise.
To maintain the sensuous, soft feel of this loosely woven fabric please hand wash in warm water; light tumble or air dry flat. Colors are permanent, but slight bleeding may occur. Please wash separately.
In 2019, I will return to weaving only in silk. I may try an occasional bamboo weave, but silk is my fiber of choice with its understated soft sophistication and strength..
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