Silk Threads Road Map

I’ve been taking the same two pieces of silk to the well being centre for months with the intention of using them. Last week, I took them out and started tidying them up by pulling off the loose threads. Once they were neat enough to use, I decided I’d rather use the threads! I laid out a couple of layers of Yellow Merino, then started adding the threads. They were similar shades of greeny blue, so it felt like it needed something else. Luckily, I had a bag of red silk threads with me that I bought years ago, and they really made a difference once I added them:

It reminds me of a road map. I always like to take a photo on an angle, often it shows the sheen or texture better:

The threads have an interesting texture from where they were woven:

I don’t know what the red threads were waste from, they look like sewing threads, but are all short lengths between 6 and 12 inches.

One of the silk pieces had areas of a deeper blue, and even though they’re darker, they added patches or flashes of brightness:

I usually use black as the base for projects like this, but we’d run out, I chose yellow mainly because it’s one of the colours that shows well on camera, but I think it worked out well.

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6 Responses to Silk Threads Road Map

  1. ruthlane says:

    Nice, Zed! It does look like a map. And now you still have the silk fabric to use for something else. 🙂

  2. Lucette says:

    Really like that 🙂

  3. annielynrosie says:

    The silk threads felt in so well and have a lovely sheen – I’m sure I can make out the M25 in there!

  4. Antje says:

    The lustre on the silk threads is lovely and the addition of the red pulls it together. Will you stitch onto your piece to enhance it’s ‘map’ qualities?

  5. It looks really cool. we surprise ourselves when we do things differently.

  6. A lovely shiny map! I. Like using the sari threads like this, too.

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