I finally finished the skein I’m entering in the Contemporary Handweavers of TX juried show.
This skein is made entirely from silk cocoons that I raised from eggs. It’s a 40d/4×2 organzine – meaning that the thread is a two-ply, with each thread being about 80 cocoons thick. So the thread works out to be about 16,000 yards per pound, or about a thousand yards per ounce. The skein is 750 yards, about 3/4 ounce. It was a full ounce before degumming, but it loses weight in the process.
This is a cussedly difficult color to photograph on silk. It makes pretty pictures, but they don’t look like the thread – and sometimes, not even like each other! It’s one of those Beautiful Mysteries of Silk – you really have to see it in person to know what color it is.
This comes closest to showing the color. This is color-corrected, shot outside, in the shade. This photo loses most of the luminosity of the silk (because of the shade, natch) but it shows the Tibetan-monk-robe saffron color of the skein. It’s a little bit more orange, perhaps, in real life, but not as orange as the picture before this one. I was aiming for a slightly more color-of-gold gold, but this is certainly pleasing, and I think it will show well.
When you take it out into the sun, you get this:
which is lovely, but it’s about five different colors.
This is what the flash does to it, shot inside. Very pretty, but a totally different color again.
The obligatory scale shot. It seemed like every picture that the flash gave a good color on the silk, it washed Old Abe right out. In this one, you can see a couple of spots where I didn’t get the plies quite perfectly balanced – it won’t show at all in the finished object, but since this is being judged as yarn, I’ll probably get dinged a point or two on that. Of course, it shows up a lot better in high magnification, too. The judge will probably want a loupe.
This is just another “gosh, what pretty thread” picture. Indoors, with flash again.