Handwoven Hand Painted Silk Shawl

Here is the completed shawl!

In case you didn’t read the post before this one, here is one of the painted warps that I made with Neal Howard at the Southeast Fiber Forum.

After consulting my notes and emailing Neal a few times for added support, I got the warp on the loom. It was pretty exciting to see it all spread out and admire the colors!

I wove several tests to check the sett (how close the warp threads are) and then unwoven them. The warp was not long enough to weave a test and cut it off and re-tie it. The weekend was rather hectic and I didn’t really haver a plan…

I wove to the bitter end and there was enough warp for the length that I wanted.

And here is a fun part – unwinding the woven fabric!

The next step was to finish off the ends in some fashion. When I wear a scarf I always fiddle with the fringe and I did feel that this shawl wanted to have an elegant ending. I’ve never made twisted fringe before and it was quite fun to do.

Then into the sink it went. It would seem that many of us are nervous about silk! It is incredibly strong and durable but it is also delicate. I washed it with shampoo in warm water and rinsed in warm as well. Neal informed us that silk will keep its wrinkles when washed in cold water. It was surprisingly heavy and took some time to dry on towels on the back porch, though it didn’t help that it was a humid South Carolina day.

Here is a close-up of the weave, which is a plaited twill. The pattern was very fun to weave and easy to see treadling mistakes.

The details for the weaving nerds:

Henry’s Attic Cascade Silk 3/2

15 epi

Pattern: Plaited Twill from A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns by Handwoven page 101

I’m delivering it on Thursday to Greenville Center for Creative Arts for the Annual Member’s Showcase. It’s always exciting to see your work in a gallery. If you live in the area, the show will be up for 6 weeks and most of the artwork is for sale.

12 thoughts on “Ta-dah!

    • Hi! Glad you found me and commented. I am pretty pleased. There are a few tiny things I will change when I weave the next warp. I was nervous dealing with silk as it’s so expensive!


    • Hi Beth! Thanks for commenting. Weaving is interesting that way. Because the threads are woven together the colors do change dramatically. One thing new weavers often do is to weave a color gamp, it’s called. You make a striped warp and then weave the same colors across it to see how the colors react with each other. It’s always fun to see what happens!


  1. Wow! It’s incredible, Deb! The white weft made those bright colors so much more appealing (to my eye, anyway) and the final shawl is so fresh looking! I spent much of yesterday twisting fringe . . . not my favorite thing to do, but the end result is super pretty!


    • Thanks! Yes, the warp was very bright and candy-ish and I could tell that the other ladies in my class weren’t enamored of it. But I knew it would change with weaving and I wanted it to be summer-y for this show. I haven’t woven and 8 shaft design in so long and I really wnjoyed it! I have a painted scarf warp and I’m thumbing through books now…


    • Thank you Louann! It would be good for cooler Colorado evenings… I’m going to email you soon – Peter and I will be in Colorado in a month and I want to see you. xox


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