I’ve been just messing about with my supply of silk sari strips. I bought this particular batch some time ago from The Silk Route, and haven’t really found a use for them. Regular readers may remember that I’ve used these in the past, sewn together to create a base for embroidery, but this hank of strips were mostly just too narrow for this purpose. In this sample, I’ve used an offcut of mountboard (I love mountboard – so versatile) with regular vertical lines cut in it, as a base for weaving. This is a rather nice effect, I think. It’s not going anywhere – it will just sit in my sample book, but I like the look of it and I enjoyed producing it, and I don’t know that there are any better reasons for making something.
I noticed that The Silk Route now has an online shop, which is a very good thing. I’ve bought a lot from them over the years at shows. I probably buy less now that I’m up and running with natural dyeing, as it’s obviously a lot cheaper to buy silk in fairly large quantities and do it yourself. However, their procion-dyed colours are fabulous, and I still buy them from time to time when I just can’t resist the temptation.