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An Array of Old Threads

Written on April 5, 2010

To follow my last posting (below this one) which shows three cones of hand spun cotton yarn, I decided to show some more threads.   In this case, I am showing a group 14 skeins of antique and vintage yarns, comprised of hemp, cotton and raw silk.Ito1They are beautiful to look at, which is the reason I am showing them today.  There is not much to discourse on about them, but since yarns such as these are the soul of all textiles, I thought some artfully arranged photos may be inspiring.Ito1a

Ito1bI’m not sure the date on these yarns, but most likely they are from the early-to-mid twentieth century.  As they’ve been coffered for so long, they may a bit hard to untangle and are probably best enjoyed as an accessory–or as research tool.Ito1cIsn’t the cotton kasuri yarn, below, beautiful?Ito1d



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  1. Comment by velma bolyard:

    what wonderful threads. the kasuri, and the snuggled in small robin’s egg blue skein are lovely. lots of spinning and dyeing. motivation to weave.

    April 5, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Comment by Amy Lou:

    What beautiful colours – lovely blog.

    April 6, 2010 @ 3:03 am

  3. Comment by india Flint:

    utterly delicious…one of the things i liked most about the recent exhibition at the Amuse Museum in Tokyo were the balls of ripped rag and the odd bundle of thread

    April 6, 2010 @ 7:41 am

  4. Comment by Amy:

    Amazing and gorgeous yarns!

    April 6, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  5. Comment by Beatrice McClelland:

    Hi!!!! How are you??? Are these yarns for sale???? They are beautiful.


    April 6, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

  6. Comment by jude:

    oh will you look at that? i might stay here for a while.

    April 7, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

  7. Comment by mary austin:

    When in Japan in January at Kitano market, I bought a skein of a fiber, later discovered it was tussah silk. Gorgeous, and will be used probably as embellishment on some quilts.

    Gorgeous stuff.

    April 7, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

  8. Comment by Chesley:

    So lovely!

    April 7, 2010 @ 8:17 pm