Handspun Bluefaced Leicester/bleached tussah blend.
September, 2015 I will be teaching a spinning workshop through the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners Guild. Silk has fascinated mankind since 2500 BC. Silk’s luxurious hand and the way light dances along its surface is both mesmerizing and seductive. Hand spinning silk, however, can prove to be a bit challenging as one strives to tame those lustrous, slick, gossamer strands. Over the course of this 3 day workshop I will help participants to understand the adjustments needed to both their wheel and spinning method to successfully spin silk.
As well as reeling mulberry silk straight from the cocoon participants will spin a variety of fibre preparations from both mulberry and non-mulberry* silkworms. The silk fibres and blends we will explore include silk from: lustrous white mulberry silk in the form of sliver, hankies and noil; sliver and noil from honey-beige coloured tussah; shimmering golden muga sliver; cashmere-like creamy white eri sliver; and dark linen-like silk from tasar peduncle.
This photo is a BFL (Bluefaced Leicester)/bleached tussah blend. Beautiful to work with and the resulting yarn has a soft silky hand, beautiful lustre and incredible drape.
*mulberry and non-mulberry silk are often referred to as Bombyx and wild silk respectively.