Spinning silk with friends

One of the highlights of the year: meeting with friends for a day-long spinning session! We live in different parts of the country, so we have to travel for hours to meet. Because of the long distances we can’t meet very often, but on the other hand we get a lot done during the intense sessions.

This time we spun silk. We started with hankies, which I find easiest for beginners. But one of us liked silk top better, which was a surprise to me. As a spinning teacher (which I used to be) you can never be 100% sure what fiber to bring to a beginners class. I would’ve thought that opening the hankie, pre-drafting it, and just letting the wheel make the twist and pull the strand onto the bobbin would’ve been much easier than the tedious precise short draw. And she was using a super fast Saxony wheel on top of it!

Mervi, Petra, and Sanski with my Saxonys in my spinning room:

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Yes, you’re right: Kasper the dog has been doing some woodwork and left it in the middle of the floor for humans to stumble upon… no problem really for the three of us, as we all have dogs. We are used to odd things being left in odd places.

We also exchanged fibers, which for my part means I have three boxes of raw wool I bought from Petra,  some washed mohair from Sanski, and a big plastic bag full of fibre samples to work with.

Petra has a flock of Finnsheep that produces superb wool and delicious meat. Hubby and I have lamb meat and sausages in the freezer again! Myllymäen tila

Sanski is a professional spinner and dyer that specialises in natural dyes: Rukki ja rautapata

Mervi is studying to become a teacher in different crafts. She knows a lot of techniques, but her main craft is bobbin lace.

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2 comments

  1. Susan

    Good morning, Always fun for a get together like that. Silk is not my favourite, my hands always seem too rough. An embroiderer I know says to put a teasp of sugar on your hands and some olive oil, or other, and ‘wash’ your hands with it. It certainly helps.
    I must apologize for the mix up on my ‘reply’ to your last post……NO idea how that happened but there are ‘animals’ in the machine!

    • Barbro Heikinmatti

      Silk is silk – not always easy to spin if you’re an active person with rough hands. Sugar or salt, olive oil, and as we do it here also a few drops of lemon juice helps.

      I loved the reply to my last post 🙂 No need to apologise!

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