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Introduction to Spinning Silk1:43
Spinning Tussah Silk4:59
Mulberry Silk, Hankies and Blends2:57
Spinning Mulberry Silk Brick2:47
Spinning Silk Ultrafine3:17
Spinning Silk Hankies6:22
Types of Silk 'Waste'4:18
Plying Silk to make Various Yarns11:13
About This Class
Silk is a wonderful fibre to spin, either alone or blended with other fibres. It gives a yarn a wonderful shine and drape.
In this class we look at the different types of silk and how to spin them.
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This class gives a good overview of the types of silk that are available to spinners and techniques for spinning various yarns. It's good to get instruction from an expert when starting work with a material that is so different to the wool and alpaca I usually use.
I live and work on the small Orkney island of Flotta. I've been knitting, designing and writing since I was small and enjoy bringing traditional stitches to modern knitters. I have self-published several books, including Patterns for North Ronaldsay Yarn, The Gansey Workbook, The Fair Isle Workbook, Exploring Shawl Shapes and the Fine Spinning Workbook. I am the author of the best-selling ‘The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting’ and 'Magical Shetland Shawls to Knit', published by Search Press in the UK and St Martins in the USA, both of which have been widely translated. I am the editor of 'Centenary Stitches', a book of patterns updated from the WW1 era.
And I have been teaching for ever! It has always been something I enjoyed doing, both in the academic world and in the world of crafts. Skillshare gives me a chance to share my skills with people all over the world without having to travel. Perfect!
For most of my classes my cameraman is Natasha Stead. I think she does a brilliant job, but then, I would. She happens to be my granddaughter! I film my classes in my home, so there are sometimes noises off. The barks are from my Scottie, Isla, a rescue aged 10 who I have had for 2 years. The aircraft are the inter-island planes, 9 seaters, which go to and fro between the different Orkney islands.