Guest Blog Post by Deb Bednarek: Silk Ribbon Exploration

(See Deb's first post here.)

While my first plaid weaving with the silk ribbon was not successful, the image of those colors crossing over each other was still on my mind. My next attempt had no spaces in the warp and each color is separated with 2 thin strands of a black textured yarn to help each color stand out. I packed each row down more than my first attempt also as I wove.

silk ribbon weaving

I took Elena’s suggestion to cross each beginning and ending of color within a row to alleviate having to weave in each end. This piece of cloth is more substantial than my first as a result. The selvedges are uneven due to me not carefully pulling each row in to the same degree but it is what it is.

silk ribbon weaving

silk ribbon weaving

The finished piece is laying on a piece of hand dyed wool from my rug hooking days. I like the contrast of matte wool with the luscious silk. My intent is to stretch the wool onto stretcher bars and carefully tack the silk piece onto the wool. While it’s only about 5 by 8 inches, this piece will look good hanging near my desk in my studio where I just enjoy those wonderful colors.

silk ribbon weaving


As I mentioned with my first silk experiment, I love to create fiber jewelry and see more of that coming next inspired by the categories Claudia sells the silk in, such as “fire” and “air” to name two of them.

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