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Silk Tidings
Tiding Newsletter
August 20, 2013

August is still summer to me, but we are starting to get a day here and there with a distinctive fall nip in the air. So soon we’ll be seeing the leaves turn their glorious reds, oranges, golds and purples.

The approaching autumn has inspired two limited edition colorways. You’ll find more details below.

We have a new glorious naturally-gold tussah yarn! And we are extra excited to offer this yarn on 200g cones as well as in our traditional 100g skeins! Thanks to everyone who entered our “Name that Yarn” contest. You’re all so very creative with your suggestions! See the sidebar for the winning name and contest winners!

We’ll be on-the-road one more time in 2013. We leave August 22 for St. Charles, MO to exhibit at TNNA trade show, where shops go to buy. This show is focused on hand-work, such as cross stitch, counted canvas, needlepoint, etc. Have your local store stop and see us in Suite #419. We’ll be back shipping orders on August 28.

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Forever in Silk --
Susan & Richard & Kiku


Limited Edition Hankies colorway

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Limited Edition Hankies - Trick Or Treat colorway

Our dyers have been playing with colors, and we have just a few packages of a limited edition Funky Fibers colorway Trick or Treat.

This is the same size package (10g) as our other four Funky Fibers Colorways. With Trick or Treat you get two colors: a flaming red-orange that has subtle orange and red color variations and a lovely deep night sky purple.

All packages are the same, about 4g of red-orange and 6g of purple.

This colorway is truly a one-of-a-kind colorway. Once it’s gone it’s gone!




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Limited Edition Salt Spring Island colorway - Walnut Woods

Limited Edition Salt Spring Island colorway

The feel of autumn in the air has inspired a new Salt Spring Island Colorway: Walnut Woods.

We are offering this as a limited edition colorway, but if you really like it, we can permanently add it to our wonderful line-up of Salt Spring Island Colorways. Let us know what you think!

Spinners: the lovely deep chocolate browns and golden-greens can complement your colored sheep and alpaca fleeces beautifully.

Silk Fusion artists: these rich, deep colors aren’t found in any of our other colorways and can be the perfect color to complete your work.


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Halloween 2013 issue

New Cross Stitch Project

There's a terrific new counted cross-stitch design by Peggy Tipton and Pat Cherry of Fern Ridge Collections that's in Just Cross Stitch magazine's Halloween 2013 issue, on newsstands now.

You'll find "The Gatekeepers" sewing case on page 44.

And, we love it because it uses Treenway Silks Zen Shin (20/2) thread in three colors!


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Front and Back view - "The Gatekeepers" A sewing case designed by Peggy Tipton and Pat Cherry of Fern Ridge Collections


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Inside view - "The Gatekeepers" A sewing case designed by Peggy Tipton and Pat Cherry of Fern Ridge Collections


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Cheryl Oberle - Peruvian Sari Silk Jacket

Sari Silk Ribbon Finishing Tips

Cheryl Oberle designed this gorgeous jacket using 600g our Sari Silk Ribbon

Cheryl’s pattern, which includes terrific finishing techniques, is available on Ravelry here

Love the sari silk ribbon but want to just make a simple shawl? Cheryl uses size 35 (US) needles and the gauge is a simple one stitch per inch. You can make a generous shawl (13 inches by 96 inches) with 450g of sari silk ribbon.

And, Cheryl has shared her wonderful finishing techniques in her July 28, 2013 Knitaway blog entry. What could be easier?!

I’m a very novice knitter, but I plan to knit up a shawl Labor Day weekend!


Thank you to everyone who entered our “Name that Yarn” Contest last month for our new Tussah Silk yarn! We had so many terrific entries that we were choosing the name from a plethora of riches!

We named two winners, as their terrific suggestions were very similar. Joanne from British Columbia and Gale from Ontario each receive a skein of our new Kundana yarn! Congratulations!

The quality of the entries was so terrific that everyone who entered is receiving a $5.00 gift certificate to Treenway Silks! Congratulations to each of you, too!

We are excited to offer Kundana, our new lovely tussah silk yarn, as either a skein or a cone!

image of map of Treenway Silks Kundana silk yarn

This is a first for us to offer a tussah yarn on a cone.

Kundana means “fine gold” in the Indian language Kannada, which is primarily spoken in the Indian state of Karnataka.

image of map of India showing Kundana region

Kundana also is the name of an abandoned gold-mining town in Western Australia, named after an aboriginal word. The origin of the aboriginal word is unknown, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it meant ‘gold’.


Yarn On Cones

You asked for cones and your wish is our command!

Now you can get FIVE different Treenway Silks’ fine spun silk on a cone:

image of map of Treenway Silks 5 yarns on cones

All of our cones are ‘put up’ as 200 grams and are available in natural (undyed) silk. Bombyx is naturally a soft white and Tussah is naturally a light golden color.


UPDATE on DebBee’s Designs Thread Kits

Introduced in our last newsletter, our Thread Kits for DebBee’s Design’s two newest designs have been HUGE hits! There's Garden of Silken Delights and Tropical Punch. And, with such outstanding designs, no wonder everyone wants to stitch them!

The thread kits have been so popular that we’ve had our dyers working overtime to keep up. We expect to have a good stock of kits by the end of August.

photo of DebBee's Designs Garden of Silken Delights
DebBee's Designs - Garden of Silken Delights
photo of DebBee's Designs Tropical Punch
DebBee's Designs - Tropical Punch


We’ll be traveling on these days:

  • August 22-27: Exhibiting at TNNA fall Needlecraft Market, St. Charles, MO. We’ll be in suite #419 Ask your local shop owner to stop by and see us!
    • We’ll be next to DebBee’s Designs, who has created two wildly popular new counted canvas designs that use Treenway Silks’ threads. Read about this in our last newsletter:
  • Oct 26: Teaching ‘Silk Fusion’ at The Recycled Lamb, Golden CO (class # OT21). If you’re in the Denver area, sign up for our inaugural class here.
  • TNNA logoJanuary 8-January 15, 2014: Exhibiting at TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) trade show in San Diego CA.

Please remember, while on the road, we cannot ship out orders. But we work extra long hours upon our return to send everything out as quickly as possible!

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