/ by: RoseHoffaQuilts

Survey of Silk

Well, I meant to post each day after classes, but by Saturday night I was really exhausted and just needed to rest. I took the day off today to recuperate and I’m glad I did.

So Saturday morning, I headed off to my Survey of Silk class that was really small and we got to spin a lot of silk.

We spun hankies, Tussah, Bombyx, noils and thowster’s silk. If you want to learn more about spinning silk the foremost authority is “A Silk Worker’s Notebook” by Cheryl Kolander. You can find it on Amazon and Ebay also, but the new limited edition print looks lovely. I wonder if it will come out in regular paperback print.

One thing I love about silk is the texture and the textured yarns you can get with silk as an accent.

We spun each on their own except for the noils and then did some blends with hand cards.

First up is silk hankies and then blended silk hankies and black merino. We pulled out the silk like we would be spinning and then cut lengths to match the merino and carded. I didn’t add enough in my opinion, but you can see the flecks when you inspect up close. It’s subtle.

silk hankies 9-10-2007 10-21-33 AM

Next up was the Tussah silk plain and blended. This silk has a bit more tooth.

tussah silk 9-10-2007 10-21-12 AM

Finally the Bombyx, which is the silkiest of all and raised for silk production. While Tussah is collected wild silk cocoons from nature. The Bombyx has hardly any tooth and I found the most challenging to spin, but really not that hard. Just remember to keep your break band loose or if in double drive keep the pull in loose, and give it good spin. The nice thing is is the fibers are long, I mean really long, so if you want to spin this into lace it will comply nicely.

bombyx silk 9-10-2007 10-21-57 AM

The next is what would be considered “waste,” but the most fun of all. Throwster’s silk which is from selvages and could be from the making of Sari’s – pretty cool. It was kinda weak for singles – plyed may be ok, but blended into merino – wow – what fun.

throwster's silk 9-10-2007 10-21-47 AM

The next ultra waste silk fiber is the noils, which could also include some junk, but totally gives some great texture and fun. I would blend more sparsely, but after not seeing the hankies, I wanted to make sure I saw it. It was hard at first to not pick out the bits and the real junk I did pick out, but I can see this having potential.

noil silk 9-10-2007 11-56-58 AM

I did pick up some noils, throwster’s, and hankies to play more with in the future from the teacher.

throwster silk and noils 9-10-2007 8-44-39 AM

silk hankies 9-10-2007 8-44-33 AM

The only other shopping I did was to pick up a very small lamb Shetland fleece that won second place in the fleece tent.

shetland lamb fleece 9-10-2007 8-46-59 AM

You know I can’t resist. I swear they kept this little lamb in the house because I can’t find any VM or anything. That must’ve been a heck of a repellant coat. It is really soft too. I can’t wait to wash this baby up.

new patterns from Blackberry Ridge 9-10-2007 8-38-42 AM

A few patterns –

mister ben  9-10-2007 8-43-23 AM

yes that one is for a knit sock monkey – how cool. It’s called Mister Ben by Two Old Bags and a nice mug from Jennie the Potter.

mug from jennie the potter 9-10-2007 8-45-25 AM

I picked out the spindle one in red. I had a hard time deciding, but she said she has some new designs with both the spindle and knitting coming out in the future. I’m having some tea from it right now and it is really nice and heavy.

Tomorrow – Spinning the Bunny.

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  • looks like a nice haul. And of course I’m still jealous. I was feeling the fleece jealous badly so i went down into my own stash and I still have three white fleeces. But I’m small and petty and I’m still jealous.

  • To be honest, all that lovely silk was nice, but nothing compared to that Shetland fleece. Yowza!

    I am totally coveting one of those mugs now but it’s not currently in the budget. What a great idea!

  • You’re killing me over here 😀 The patterns, (the monkey in particular) mug and Shetland fiber are to die for. What a great haul!

  • I purchased a mug and buttons in green from Jennie on Saturday at the Festival. I hope to be better acquainted with my wheel next year so I can feel comfortable taking classes.

  • COMMENTS (5)

    1. Angie 13 September - 2007

      I purchased a mug and buttons in green from Jennie on Saturday at the Festival. I hope to be better acquainted with my wheel next year so I can feel comfortable taking classes.

    2. Jackie 11 September - 2007

      You’re killing me over here 😀 The patterns, (the monkey in particular) mug and Shetland fiber are to die for. What a great haul!

    3. jessie 11 September - 2007

      To be honest, all that lovely silk was nice, but nothing compared to that Shetland fleece. Yowza!

      I am totally coveting one of those mugs now but it’s not currently in the budget. What a great idea!

    4. Maryellen 10 September - 2007

      looks like a nice haul. And of course I’m still jealous. I was feeling the fleece jealous badly so i went down into my own stash and I still have three white fleeces. But I’m small and petty and I’m still jealous.

    5. Julie 10 September - 2007

      Looks like a fab class! Love the patterns too and the mug is so fun.