I dyed so much yarn yesterday that I collapsed a drying rack. And today I am dying roving. Happy, Happy me!
Pictures next week!
This past Saturday, Jacquie Vaughan taught a silk spinning workshop at Woven Art. We learned a bit about the history and cultivation of silk. I briefly thought it would be fun to raise silk worms. I think I am over that. Then we boiled up some dyed silk cocoons and stretched them on wooden frames ( or cardboard for disorganized me):
Above is one stretched cocoon. After you get about ten stretched out together they make a very pretty "hankie". Then, you can spin from it. During the course of our class we got a chance to spin from a silk cap, a silk hankie and also from a Bombyx silk brick.
I quickly fell for spinning silk on a drop spindle. Currently I am spinning it fairly fine, and alternating spinning from the cap, with spinning from the brick. Spinning from the cap gives you a little bit of a slub as bits of the cap hang on. And the bombyx brick yields a very smooth yarn. Well, I get some thick and thin parts, but I am just still learning. My guess is that these two plyed together will make a beautiful, somewhat rustic silk yarn. So my spindle is always near by, in a little bag my oldest daughter made me ages ago. I pick it up when I have a minute. I have one cocoon shaped lump, and am working on the second. Maybe I can ply tomorrow!
I am a nerd.
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