Recycled Sari Silk Frustrations

This project was a disaster because I used the sari-silk as the warp and it kept shredding and coming apart.  I reconnected the broken and shredded ends with sewing thread.  I gave up after about two feet.  After twisting the fringe, I decided I liked the way it turned out with a lot of threads randomly shooting out and it now sits on a little stand in my bathroom.

I cut the project off the loom and used the remaining undamaged warp threads as weft in a couple of runners.

Because I can't figure out how to display the picture with my comments, I have added it as an attachment.



Posted on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 17:28

If you try using this yarn as warp again, you could size it, ply it with a stronger thread if you spin, use it only as weft with a stronger warp, or (my preference) run it with a strong fine thread such as sewing thread or 60/2 silk so that each heddle has a fine and a sari thread. On the fly, you can sometimes use white glue to repair a broken end (let it dry before returning to weave). It is pretty and looks worth trying again.

Laurie Autio

Posted on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 18:58


Thanks for the ideas.  Using the Sari Silk as a warp seemed like a good idea and a way to tone down some of the wild colors by having them stripe lengthwise rather than double across each other as a weft on a narrow warp.  One thing which would have helped would have been using a reed with less dents per inch - like a 6 dent.  Maybe I'll try again one of these days.


Posted on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 23:49

If you are a spinner, or felter, you can re-use those precious silk threads either by carding them and re-spinning them, or adding them to felted projects. I have used softly spun sari silk as weft, and love it, but spinning my own I do get a chance to tone down the colours and can keep a colour sequence going for a while.