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Silk Dyeing workshop
04/01/2017 –10:00 - 16:00
Silk Dyeing workshop, spinning and dyeing silk is very satisfying as nothing takes dye like silk – just gorgeous in the true senseof the word. And spinning silk is easy as the filaments are long and don’t break so often. Silk comes in many guises and we will be using caps, hankies and rovings. As this is January it may not be possible to get the dyeing dry enough to spin so spinning tuition will be with undyed silk – and the yarn can be dyed afterwards if necessary. Hand-dyed singles are lovely when plyed with other fibre such as merino as, when spun correctly, silk adds lustre as well as colour which is very pleasing. No previous experience is necessary for this workshop and I have taught complete beginners (never sat at a wheel before) to spin silk from hankies in a weekend.
The dyed silk hankies make an excellent addition to a stash. The singles will keep – I kept some for nearly 20 years before deciding what to do with it. Playing with colour in January is very uplifting when the days are dull and nights are long and there is little colour to be seen in the garden or countryside. The luscious colours reflecting light are a great joy, especially when they have been mixed together and blend in the dyeing.