82) And lo! there was a lining!

After wet finishing the body fabric of the Rampton bag, I decided it was a bit soft and springy and would soon stretch out of shape.  I hate saggy bags – that's one of the reasons I don't knit 'em.  But this was wool, of course, and somewhat lightly fulled, so it was always a risk.

Having a slight overachiever-moment, it suddenly became clear to me that what this bag needs is a sturdy, hand woven lining.  Something tough, un-stretchy, simple, maybe a bit rustic.  Like silk.  No- stop laughing!

I already had a couple of cones of bourette silk lying around.  Bourette is a kind of silk spun from waste generated in the silk reeling process; in fact, it's even lower grade than that.  Silk spun from reeled silk waste is often called schappe silk; this is the waste from that process.


It's really coarse; rough, lumpy, lustre-less.  Completely different from the image most folks have of silk.  The best guess I've had as to it's identity was 'linen'.  The two ply version comes in at around 25wpi, so should be set at around 12.5 epi for a plain tabby weave.  Coincidentally, because that's *exactly* as fine as I can go on my rigid heddle loom whilst using a single heddle.

In spite of the fact that this is finer than the yarn for the main fabric, it's taken me much less time to weave it.  In fact, less than 48 hours; warped on Friday evening, off the loom Sunday evening.  Swapping out all of those colours must have really slowed me down!


So, how do you wind *your* stick shuttle?


  • Interesting about the silk. I didn’t know that. And… I wind my stick shuttles the same way.

    1st November 2009
  • I don’t!

    1st November 2009

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