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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.