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The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk

Learn how to create smooth lustrous yarns with silk, a gorgeous but tricky and sometimes intimidating fiber.

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Silk fiber differs from wool; it is slicker, harder to draft, and can initially be more difficult to spin into a smooth yarn. It is available in a bewildering range of forms, all of which need different degrees of processing. At the same time, silk is incredibly strong, has an amazing luster and affinity for dyes, is comfortable in warm and cool weather, and has little weight. An ounce of silk fiber can be pricey, but also provide a lot of mileage.Spinning enough yarn for a garment may take well over a month; spinning silk is not instant gratification, but deeply satisfying when the work is complete.

Author and expert spinner Sara Lamb will discuss the various forms in which silk is available—combed top, bricks, noils, hankies, and bells—and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots like drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns—cleaning and degumming, setting twist, and plying—and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color, as well as how to blend silk into other spinning fibers. Finally, she includes very brief discussions of spinning for both knitting and weaving, discussing the properties of woven and knitted fabric and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating the yarn and using it in a subsequent project.

About the Author

Sara Lamb is a longtime hand spinner, weaver and dyer, with over 30 year’s experience of working with handspun yarns. The author of Woven Treasures and Spin to Weave, Sara has also published in Handwoven, SpinOff, Weaver’s Magazine, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot. She has been the keynote speaker for several conferences, and continues to be in demand as a workshop instructor and speaker. Her work has been accepted in juried shows, and won awards-- including the HGA award twice--in shows across the country.

Sara weaves and teaches fabric weaving, yarn and fiber dyeing, and spinning silk in Northern California where her studio is located, and throughout the world at fiber conferences.


Author/Speaker/Editor: Sara Lamb

ISBN 13: 9781596686809

Number Of Pages: 136