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Making Mawata

One of my favorite preparations of silk is mawata, or silk hankies.  Mawata are made by stretching silk cocoons over a frame one at a time, layer by later, until you have a solid fiber preparation from which to spin, knit, or felt with. You will need: silk cocoons a square frame a large pot

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Cocktails and Spinning Lessons

My husband, reiner72, is a miniature model painter on Twitch.  He uses an airbrush and traditional brushes to paint very tiny models, primarily for the game Warhammer 40k.  To celebrate him hitting 2000 followers, he agreed to learn how to spin on stream and show off his bar tending skills.  He also invited our friend,

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Knitting with Unspun Silk Mawata

Mawata, sometimes called silk hankies, are a preparation of silk associated with spinning and felting.  But many fiber artists don’t know that you can knit with unspun silk as well.  It creates a very light, textured yarn. What You Need: silk mawata, dyed or plain US size 11 (8.0mm) knitting needles or needles of your

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Lock and Load Scarf

This is the Lock and Load scarf. Three-dimensional elements always interest me and I try to include texture and movement into every piece I make.  In this case, I decided I would weave a scarf using dyed, unprocessed Teeswater locks. I had some neon yellow handspun singles sitting in my closet.  I had put them into

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Silk Reeling

In the world of spinning, we often think of silk as an add-in for spinning.  We blend silk top with our wool.  We spin mawata into lumpy, bumpy silk thread.  We dye cocoons and incorporate them whole into our art yarns.  We often don’t consider reeling silk.  Reeling silk is hard.  Reeling silk requires lots of

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Scrappy Yarns

What do you do when you have little scraps of fiber sitting around the studio, bits and bobs, tufts from other projects?  While mini-skeins is often the answer, I am not a fan of minis without a specific purpose in mind. If I can’t coordinate a full project, sometimes I just combine down and blend

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