The Silk Weaving Studio process turning white silk yarn into richly coloured woven garments and accessories is a magical process and a labour of love. This is what we do every day at the Silk Weaving Studio.
First we choose our yarns and wind them into skeins.
Then each artist dyes her own colours to her specifications. After planning the projects, we wind the warps (see a video here), a process that keeps the fine yarns in the proper order, and of even lengths.
The warps are then wound onto the loom:
which sees each yarn passed The heddles are threaded, which sees that each yarn passes through an individual eye. The order in which the heddles are threaded determines, in part, what the cloth’s pattern will be.
Once threaded, the yarns are then sleyed through the reed, a piece of equipment that ensures the density and width of the woven piece are consistent.
Finally the yarns are tied at the front.
Once the loom is fully dressed, the weaving begins, and the finished cloth takes shape on the loom. After weaving, each piece is finished by hand, washed and pressed to give it it’s final lustre and softness.
The pieces created at the Silk Weaving Studio are unique; no two are ever alike. When you purchase a piece of woven artwork from our studio, you have a truly one-of-a-kind.