Yesterday I got some silk fibre untangled. Two skeins were carded and the others were tied as I only had a few strands. Yikes what kind of a lazy bum would pull thread out of a 10-yard skein and get it all tangled? That would be me. It doesn’t pay to be impatient, sit down and put the threads on cards before they get into a mess. Some of this was yards and yards of white silk twist thread, ready for dyeing. It took me two hours yesterday to get this sorted out.
I am somewhat embarrassed to show my silk ribbon collection. I used to embroider a lot on drawstring bags using silk ribbon and thread, so I collected my usual palette of materials.
I use the Colorhue dyes for silk thread and ribbon, and it’s colourfast and you don’t have to heat set it. I bought CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) and mix my own colours; to hand dye my own, that is quite a kick.
In addition to the three books I showed in my last post, I also hauled out the rest of my embroidery books yesterday so I could photograph them. Then I had to spend hours in joyous contemplation looking through them.
I thought I needed some more books so ordered two. I need to get these books organized and fill the gaps. This book goes with the other two I already own in the series. Unfortunately the hardcover is out-of-print, but I just managed to squeak in an order before the paperback goes out-of-print. I love the handwork from this time and also have a couple of books on costume collections that feature embroidery from this era.
I have long loved Jacobean patterns in both fabric and embroidery. Usually this is done in crewel wool and I’m not fond of wool thread, I prefer the sheen of cotton or silk floss, so I never bothered with this. However there is a book called Crewel Twists: Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery by Hazel Blomkamp, where she uses cotton floss and beads (as well as rayon and metallic threads) for her lovely Jacobean designs. I had to get it and she has a follow-up book coming out this September called Crewel Intentions which I might buy.
Hazel does absolutely wonderful designs. So that’s the glory of colour today.