November saw us celebrating all things silk!
The lovely Fiona Nisbet came on the Friday night to talk to us about the wonders of the silk worm and different types of fibre/fabric. This was followed the next day by a workshop on making silk paper (but more of that later)
Fiona is a weaver who started out as a knitter. She has also dabbled with dyeing her fibres and now prefers the synthetic dyes for the lovely range of colours you can get.
Fiona told us lots of interesting facts about the different types of silk - just a few examples
- cocoon strippings are from the outside of the cocoon and the unwinding is done by the throwster (where throwsters waste comes from)
- warm water is used to dissolve the glue from the thread
- the number of dernier is the number of strands used eg 10 dernier is 10 cocoon strands
- silk noil is made from the cocoons that have been allowed to hatch
The following day some of our members took part in the silk paper making workshop. looks like they had lots of fun!