20/2 Tussah Silk – Old Man’s Beard
JST’s Exquisite Line of Hand Dyed 20/2 Tussah Silk is available in 100 gr. skeins with 1100 yds/skein. (5000 yds/lb.)
Tussah is naturally a soft beige and is produced by tussah silkworms that feed on oak leaves and other leaves rich in tannin. The yarn, when overdyed with over 30 of our JST line of alluring colours, produces a muted version of the same colours used on our Bombyx silk yarns. This yarn is soft and as with all softly spun silk yarns, there are a few things that will make your life easier when using them.
See tips below for winding and weaving with this lovely silk.
Please note that these silks are small batch dyed and will appear very different than on your monitor. While we do everything we can to ensure that our dye lots are consistent, we do experience variations. If there is a dye lot difference between skeins in your order, we will contact you BEFORE completing your order.
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Weaving with JST's Tussah 20/2 Silk
Our 2/20 Tussah silk has a lovely soft ply and is suitable for medium fine scarves. For optimum drape we sett it at 20 epi for Plain Weave and 24 for Twill. Check out Jane’s Master Sett Chart for ideas and setts for combining silk with other fibres.
One thing I do with any softly spun yarn is wind two ends together while making my warps. This cuts down on the interlacements going through the lease sticks. You have 2 ends over and 2 ends under rather than 1 and 1….this helps immensely. We also wind our silks onto spools and not into balls because balls of very fine yarn often end up messy. If you do wind it into a ball take your active end from the outside so it doesn’t rub against itself on the inside. Some balls winders let you put a sleeve on, like the inside of a toilet paper roll and then you can wind onto it which helps the centre of the ball stay stable. Hope this is helpful.