*Please note, we no longer carry this yarn, but you are welcome to use this pattern as inspiration!*
This week we are featuring an elegant silk curtain by Bree Bergen woven with 20/2 Bombyx Silkand Italian Silk Noil. Bree deigned this project for her 32" wide doorframe--if you would like to adapt this project for your home, see all of the details below.
Bree writes, "This is a super simple draft that highlights the character of the fibre, both the sheen of the Bombyx Silk and the nubbly matte texture of the Silk Noil. The whole project is woven using a modified plain weave. The finished yardage is open enough to allow light to leak through, but very stable. For me it resembles vintage curtain fabric, but the silk gives it a beautiful hand-feel and drape. Beauty in simplicity."
Warp:2 skeins 20/2 Bombyx Silk
Weft:2 cones of Silk Noil Weaving Yarn in White
You will also need an approximately 36" W x 1/4" D wooden dowel or curtain rod and brackets of your choice for hanging. A tension rod will also work well.
Warp/Threading Order: Wind a warp with Yarn A for a total of 384 warp ends. Repeat the pattern block of 16 ends 24 times.
Weaving: Begin and end with hemstitch. Weave with Yarn B for the entirety of the warp length until your fabric measures approximately 108" in loom. Make sure to measure when the loom is not under tension for the most accurate measurement.
Finishing: When complete, remove from the loom, press lightly and cut yardage in half widthwise (from selvedge to selvedge) so that you have 2 panels that measure approximately 17" W x 50" L + fringe. Create a rolled hem along the raw edge of each panel and hand stitch a pocket (for hanging the curtain) sized to fit a 1/4" diameter wooden dowel. Finish the fringe on the opposite end using a fringe twister and trim to 10".
Bree writes, "This was a no-waste project. The remaining Italian Silk Noil weft fibre was divided and used to make 4 ropes of varying thicknesses and lengths - these silk ropes I used to drape across the top of the screen. The remaining Bombyx Silk weft fibre, including all the offcuts from removing the project from the loom, were used to make the tassels that decorate the ends of these ropes."
Making the Rope & Tassels:
Bree made 3 ropes with these dimensions:
Using the remaining bombyx silk and/or silk noil, create tassels to attach to the ends of the ropes. Hang the silk screen using the method of your choice (dowel or curtain rod with brackets or tension rod) and drape the tassels as shown in the photo.
Based in Winnipeg, Canada, Bree Bergen is a textile artist, art educator, and residential architect. Her interests include a number of very different disciplines, including drawing, art education, and architecture, all of which inform her weaving practice. She enjoys the material awareness that weaving instils, and the research-based learning and hands-on design problem solving that underpins the craft. Bree holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Manitoba. She has led art classes for various organizations, including Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Toronto District School Board, Canadian Mennonite University, Manitoba Children’s Museum, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Bree has completed artist residencies at the Banff Centre, the New York Centre for Book Arts, and the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland.