February 13, 2014
White and Red Eri Silk Cocoons
The Seduction of Silk – March 21 8:30 – 12:30 pm
Warning: Silk spinning is highly addictive! Handspun silk yarns are soft, lustrous and have incredible drape. In this 4 hour workshop you will spin silk fibre preparations from both mulberry and non-mulberry silks. Mulberry silk, also known as cultivated or domesticated silk, is a beautiful fine creamy white silk. In this workshop you will work with two forms of mulberry silk, A1 sliver and mawata silk hankies.
The three non-mulberry silks, also referred to as wild silks, provided for this workshop offer the handspinner an eclectic array of texture, hand and colour. You will work with silky tawny coloured tussah sliver from the Chinese Oak silk moth, golden strands of silk from the muga silk moth and fine soft white silk from the eri silk moth. The workshop will wrap up with a review on plying, finishing and dyeing of handspun silk yarns.
“Spinning Fat Singles” – March 22 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Hand dyed/Hand spun by Kislan Coderre
I have the pleasure of co-facilitating this workshop with the talented Kislan Coderre of Kinfolk Yarn & Fibre.
Learn to spin hand dyed rovings into thick, squishy, soft, fat singles yarns. Fat singles not only spin and knit up quickly, they are a great way to showcase multi-coloured rovings. You’ll start the day spinning with natural coloured rovings while you learn a few simple techniques. Once you have mastered the basics, you will move on to the “good stuff”……Kislan’s special edition colourway. This colourway was developed to celebrate Fibres West and reflects the colour trends forecast for 2014. The workshop will wrap up with a demonstration of finishing techniques and a discussion regarding practical uses for fat singles yarns.Students will leave with handouts, samples for future reference and their own hand spun skein of fat singles which they will “finish” at home.
Students should be able to spin a continuous singles yarn and have a working knowledge of the operation of their wheels.
To check out the great line up of instructors, interesting workshops and vendors at the 2014 Fibres West Conference….go to http://www.fibreswest.com/?page_id=124