Archive for June, 2009

2009 Weave of the week #24: Fluff
June 14, 2009

Designed and woven by Fern Devlin, winter 2008

Designed and woven by Fern Devlin, winter 2008

What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing.

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2009 Weave of the week #23: Moroccan silk plaid
June 8, 2009

Moroccan silk plaid

Moroccan silk plaid

The silk plaid shown above was part of a handwoven bounty that my friend Penelope generously brought me from her trip to Morocco. I saw a very similar piece online, described as a shawl that was probably made in Fez but worn in the south.

The fine red silk warp yarns are sett at approximately 60 epi and threaded on a point twill draw. The pale gold silk warp is sett more densely than the red is (100+ epi), so it creates a horizontal rib overplaid that sort of covers the wefts (see detail below). All of the weft yarns are coarser silk than the warp yarns (approximately 40 ppi).

detail

Penelope also brought back the spools of Moroccan dyed silk yarn that are shown below. I haven’t used any of them yet because they look so elegant the way they are, but the yarn appears to be about the thickness of the weft yarns in the piece.

silk spools

Although I thought that this textile was intended to be worn, it isn’t reversible. There is a definite right side that looks lustrous and feels, well, silky, but the back side has a thin coat of a sticky substance. That makes me wonder what the backing is, whether it has anything to do with the holes in the cloth, and what — if anything — I should do about it, but those are questions for an expert.

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the cloth is the colorful fringes that were added to both ends.

Moroccan fringe

The fringes are cotton braids that were wrapped with shiny, jingly silver paillettes. All of the textiles that Penelope brought back from Morocco for me have paillettes that were either woven in or added later — I don’t know if that was because she knows that I love paillettes, sequins, and glittery yarn, or because the Moroccan weavers do, or both.