Silk Rya Sample
This is a Rya Rug sample using Silk. Not, perhaps the most practical rug, but this is just a sample and it is luscious. I used silk thrums from a silk shawl . I had dyed the yarn in gradations from violet to blue for warp and a darker blue for weft. The shawl was beautiful, sold very quickly and I don’t have a photograph.
The silk is 12/2 spun silk, the warp 8/4 Swedish linen. Ghiordes knots are formed over two warp ends and under and up between those warp ends. Each row of knots is staggered and picks of plain weave between hold the knots in place. To blend the colour the knots were made up of multiple coloured ends which changed with each row.
The sample is finished with a half damascus variation. End 1 is knotted with end 2, carried under end 3 and left pointing toward the sample and later darned in. The final 6 ends are braided together and knotted. You can see I pulled it too tightly and the ends come in (though this is somewhat magnified by the camera 😉 ).