Saturday, January 29, 2011
Spinning silk hankies
My latest spinning project is learning how to spin silk hankies, silk cocoons that have been stretched into squares and layered one on top of the other. It's actually pretty easy to spin the silk in this form, even for a beginner. Go here for details on one spinning method.
Since I've also been experimenting with dyeing fiber, I thought I would give it a try with a little stack of undyed silk hankies. I used a combination of bright gold with some chartreuse -- you know, because the gold wasn't bright enough. The result was a bit shocking, but I found that it has a nice luminosity once spun up.
I've filled one bobbin and now working on spinning up more for another bobbin-full. I haven't decided yet whether I'll ply the silk together or mix it with another fiber. On the one hand, silk will add a nice sheen when plied with wool, but then a skein of 100% plied silk wouldn't be bad either. In either case, I've got lots more silk hanky layers to spin up before I need to decide.