This coat, handwoven of 60/2 silk, was juried into the 2014 Convergence fashion show, sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of America, to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, in July. I handpainted two warps in two different colorways: one in a range of sky blue to aqua to pale green and the other in a range of chocolate-brown and mahogany. It's woven in blocks of 3/1 and 1/3 twill, so that the stripes tend to collapse and pleat. The collapse-weave effect is intensified by weaving with a gossamer-weight weft of overtwist wool, which scrunches and relaxes after washing. A hand-knitted, beaded silk-ribbon flower is the closure in front. The pattern is my own design, based on a shawl-collar coat that I own. Photos by Timothy Fuss, Pixelwave.
This shawl appeared in the fashion show during Convergence, the 2010 Handweavers' Guild of America biannual conference held in Tampa, Florida. It's woven in 3/1 twill blocks using 60/2 silk. The warp is hand painted and the weft is hand dyed. Photo by Tim Toal, TJT Photography.