I’ve been reeling, throwing, dyeing, and weaving – the result:
These are bobbins of tram; they are the untwisted silk that I’m using for the brocade. Tram is best for applications where its shine will be appreciated, but it won’t be abraded or under tension. The golden bobbin is organzine.
These are the spools of various threads for the project. The large roll spools are organzine for the warp and weft; the small spools are the tram for the brocade. The colors are all Jacquard acid dyes, from Dharma Trading.
This oak leaf is brocaded in; it really doesn’t want its picture taken! The light keeps catching in the thread, and making it hard to see.
This is a sample of the text that I’m going to use in the ribbon. It’s for a friend’s SCA laurel medallion, and will eventually have his motto “From the foot to the head” and his SCA name “Philip White,” along with his initial W brocaded in Japan gold, and oak leaves and a laurel wreath.