Monday, May 12, 2008

Gold & Silver Braid


Here's my final reconstruction of the gold & silver braid for Luton Museum. I'm very pleased with the end result, although it was a little awkward to weave; the silver weft kept breaking the very fine silk warps either side, despite my best efforts at not letting it touch! The picots were fun- using a pin to twist them - something I hadn't tried before. All in all, very pleased.

4 comments:

  1. I love the braid, i've never been so ambitious as to try and do something with gold and silver threads, i think i need to make myself a proper loom before i try. Until then i will stick to wool braids and practicing patterns.

    Have fun

    Constance

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  2. Constance, there are so many good synthetic metallic threads around these days that you could always get these to practice with - it makes using the 'real' thing less daunting.

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  3. This is lovely! When you say that you twisted the picots with a pin - did you do that while weaving, or after it was done?

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  4. Thank Michael! Yes, as the picots are formed by extending the weft at every other pass, the twist needs to be put in at that point. I only needed to use two pins - one either side as at the next pass the weft is brought in and it holds. It worked very well with the metal thread - I haven't tried it with non-metal yet, not sure if the twist would stay or not.

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