In this news blog I want to periodically explain a few words about the various yarns and other articles that will be offered in the store. You will notice in this blog that, regardless of the subject, I can sometimes go astray ... me and my writings.
It has been a problem of years, that common thread, the forest for the trees, - the years have not brought any comfort.
As incorrigible as I am now, I still try to walk the golden mean.
Sometimes this works and sometimes the golden mean turns into an earthen road on which I like to try to feel the essence of things with bare feet.
Spoken words never fail, not those of now, and certainly not those of yesteryear.
I myself have nothing to pretend, although the growth and flowering of the tissue formation edge is not strange to me. However, the supernatural can become what hand weaving can become - I miss the boat a bit there. I know that I will always look up to the authorities in this wonderful world - those who, blindfolded on the piano, send Mozart and Bach all together in the reeds.
So, this immediately substantiates what I mean, will certainly be continued ... :-)
I would now like to talk about the spun comb silk and the origin of the color collection as it is now in the store.
This two-thread silk is an exquisite yarn for the manufacture of high-end items such as scarves, baby towels, clothing ...
High-end, because the yarn quality consists on the one hand of noble silk fibers - but above all, on the other hand, because of the quality of the unbeatable handwork during and prior to hand weaving. This means that high-quality articles from this yarn are a sought-after subject at the end of the high-end market segment by clients looking for exclusivity.
The fibers from which this comb silk was spun, originate from the carding process in which endless long silk fibers are laid mechanically in parallel. The combed medium-length fibers are an extraction of this process and have the same quality. They are not endless, so they can be spun. A recognized feature of this method of fiber extraction is that after spinning, a number of fibers sometimes remain felted together in a cluster. As a result, such a felted piece can be noticed on an average per 250 mtr of yarn in an otherwise homogeneous thread. This is usually not removed from the handicraft and is itself seen as a tag on the handicraft.
Due to the properties of spinning and twisting, this silk thread has a great physical resistance.
All preparatory actions prior to the final hand weaving, such as winding, shaving, threading, tying, etc ... become safer in this way. Safety, especially the silk thread, is offered on a stable bobbin, which I make myself from the long dye strand.
You can't imagine a silk strand of yarn getting hopelessly entangled during the reel ... which everyone has experienced before. Due to the uniqueness of the spinning process, the silk thread apparently does not immediately have the shine of what you would otherwise expect from silk.
The properties of these silk fibers only fully reappear once the fibers have come to rest in your product. When used for warp and weft, your work consists of 100% silk fibers. This silk yarn is also often used in combination with rayon viscose - usually 50/50 warp weft. A beautiful viscose thread 24/6 Nm can also be found in the web shop for this purpose.
The dyeing process:
The silk fibers are carefully dyed in-house according to a sophisticated dyeing method with high-quality, validated color pigments. The result of the dyeing process is supported by the application of essentially three criteria: temperature, time and technique.
The mutual relationship of these parameters, together with the quality and composition of the open dye bath, ensures the end result. To open the fibers, only a regular salt and vinegar emulsion is used, which is rinsed out intensively after dyeing and before fixing so that only the dye pigment remains in the fiber. The pigment is closed in the fiber by a fixation bath with generated steam. This color collection is maintained and periodically adjusted on the basis of customer reviews.
The lighter colors of the dye Dupont Classique for silk are not full of concentrated pigments but are diluted versions of the fully concentrated pigment emulsions. Lighter means, in the bottle packaging, more water and less pigment. In relation to the dyeing method used and the length of the strand in an open bath, this is problematic on two levels - technical and economic.
The dye bath already contains a large amount of water and therefore has nothing to do with the amount of water already present in the Dupont-Classique dyeing emulsion - only the pigment present is important. If you multiply the dye to get enough pigment in your dye bath (so that all fibers have pigment range), the result is proportionally more color-intensive, which is not the intention. In any case, the dye bath will cost too expensive, because the dye packaging with "lighter colors" (more water, less pigment) is therefore not cheaper. To obtain lighter colors, the amount of yarn on the yarn strand can be reduced, but this is not feasible.
Only fully pigmented dye baths (and the settings regarding temperature, time and technique) complete the pigment range for 1050 mtr fibers today. Colors such as red, blue, green and all intermediate colors brown, purple, burgundy, oranges and so on, are therefore part of the range. There is still a search for light dyes whose light color range is contained in the pigment and not in a greater proportion with water.
Ps: Light colors of Dupont Classique can only be used for example to apply directly to a fabric, and in contrast to the fully pigmented variants - less suitable for pigmenting dye baths.
Hence its existence is also valid, as many people use the light emulsions only to apply light color and stain aspects to a silk scarf, for example.
After the dyeing process, the yarn strand is naturally dried at rest and then wound onto a bobbin. The length counts 1050 m for 210 grams, which corresponds to the yarn number 10/2 Nm. (2-wire). By bringing strands together at this length, two to three neat knots can occur on one bobbin unit.
Transferring the color:
Due to differences in screens, the colors shown in the web store are only a good indication of the actual color. If the color variation is extremely important to your application, we recommend requesting wrapped color cards before purchasing.
Each bobbin is a separate batch, so each bobbin is dyed individually. Natural fibers are natural products that can be subject to variations that can also affect the color bath. Due to good settings regarding time, technique, temperature and the use of qualitative and validated color pigments, the results on color test are very good.
The availability is unique and therefore cannot be found in the market. This silk yarn is therefore only available for hand weaving and is therefore not found anywhere in industrial confection.
This makes your product a unique piece which only increases the high-end value.
I would like to invite you to continue to follow the growth of this webshop.
The number of yarn types (from brands but also from other exclusive opportunities) that will be systematically added from now on is immense.
Thanks in advance for your support, - be sure to contribute to this blog.
I hope with time (and it will take some time) to be of significance to your market segment by providing a high-quality and wide range of yarns. See you later in the webshop - I hope to be able to publish an article in this news blog at least once a month about my progression and also my relationship with the world of hand weaving.
See you later and greetings from the tissue-forming edge.