Justin made a special delivery this week – the completed silk lining! What a happy day to see it in its glory, all 6 yards of hand woven silk. It was like giving up a baby – he gingerly handed it over. Justin promises me that he will write up his experience dying the piece and he has a few pictures of the scouring to show. Apparently he had such a difficult time letting go of the fabric into the dye pot that he forgot to take a picture!
I loved how the sheen of the fabric was so soft and pretty when we unrolled a bit of it. The piece is about 17th in width. It seems to have been a common width for hand weaving in the 1700′s too – I spent a day looking at pieces at the Connecticut Historical Society yesterday and 20″ was the selvage to selvage for many of the silk ground fabrics.
Thank you Justin!!