I am working on the log cabin scarf pattern that was circulated last week. I am using a 20/2 tussah silk with a 18 epi sett (2-2-1 12 dent reed).
It’s a raw silk so already a little stiff and when I release tension, it seems more papery than drapey. I wonder if others have suggestions on working with the raw tussah for garments – will it soften up or should I re-sley…at 16 maybe? Will it lose the pattern?
I’ve woven with Tussah and I think it will soften when washed, BUT, it depends……. on how much the Tussah was processed before it was sold, how much Sericin was left on it, etc. It’s impossible to give you a definitive answer without feeling and seeing the particular Tussah you are referring to and I’m assuming you aren’t referring to the JST Tussah. There are many different ways that silk is processed, from very paper-like to being exquisitely drapey. Whatever the end result – I’ll bet it will be magical!
It’s looking beautiful, Andrea! I have some 22/2 Pedencal Tussah Silk from Sanjo waiting in the wings with some 20/2 Muga Silk waiting in the wings to weave a Colour and Weave Scarf. I’m exceedingly lucky to have three of my favourite “candy” stores nearby to feed my habit 😉 Jane Stafford Textiles, Sanjo Silk and Maiwa Handprints (for natural dyes, etc.)