Silky Shift

This smooth textile is woven in black 8 ply silk with blocks of rich red fine vintage Japanese silk. The warp is slub linen and cotton and has some contrasting shades of greys and green.
All woven in tabby or plain weave, one of my favorite weaving patterns, especially with silks and linens.


Soft smooth silky feels, this is a medium weight weave.


– see diagram

Shoulder opening (A-B-A) – 90cm
Vertical fall (A-C) – 45cm
Weaving length (A-D) – double 67cm plus short knotted tassles.


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How dimensions work...

How to take measurements

Sizing Capes and Shifts

Anyone can wear a handwoven cape or shift. The key measurement is the width of your shoulders - the shoulder opening measurement is shown in cms with each piece of weaving.

Use the diagrams to help give you an idea of how this piece of weaving will fall on your body. The important thing is, when you receive it - just throw it over yourself and have a play in front of a flattering mirror. Have a look at my gallery to see a few different ways you can wear your weaving if you need inspiration.

The shoulder opening for any cape or shift is adjustable, please get in touch with any questions about this.

Measuring with a tape


I wash each piece as soon as it leaves the loom. This evens up the fibres, cleans them and fluffs them up to look their best. Your weaving doesn't need excessive washing, wool is great for repelling dirt and moisture. To wash, by hand gently, a non chemical liquid works best, then a quick spin around the washing machine to get out the excess water or roll in a towel. Give the weaving a shake and gently pull the fibres across the width of the weaving. Hang in the breeze over a towel on the line until dry... Easy!!

Rolling your weaving to travel or store will prevent and remove creases.

Word to the wise...

If you ever catch any of the fibres, gently pull the weaving widthwise and the fibres will disappear back into the fabric.