Not hair, down, or wool! Silk, a gift from the lowly caterpillar, is perhaps the most mysterious of our fibers. Degumming hard cocoons into soft, spin-able fibers is our first task. Then spin a comparison study of the silk fibers currently for sale. Explore a variety of handspinning techniques spinning domesticated Bombyx as expanded mawata hankies, noils or sari threads. Indian Muga and wild Tussah silk are used in natural and dyed combed tops.
Class Limit: 12 Class Level: Intermediate to advanced
Participants Should Bring: A good working wheel, or assortment of spindles, Lazy kate and extra bobbins; Hand cards or carding board; Small towel; Hole punch, scissors, small baggies, pen and paper; Other tools, oil, etc. for your wheels.
Material Fee: $20.00 All fibers, worksheets, incidentals, related class booklet.