Saturday, October 04, 2008

Silk Waste

In a comment on an earlier post, Dianne asked if I had ever tried spinning the silk waste from my scarf warps.

I have tried spinning "throwster's waste" that I bought from Treenway some years ago. I still have most of the package, and will someday make something with it. It's low on the priority list compared to weaving, which is how I make my living. The knitting and spinning are activities I enjoy on the road, but rarely at home. The spinning wheel fits into the car much better than a loom!

However, I do save up my silk waste, and every year send a package of it to a friend who is a wonderful papermaker, who chops them up into small (1" or less) lengths and incorporates them in her handmade paper vessels. You can see some of Jeanne Tillman's paper sculptures here and here.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the wonderful work and information you share. A beginner weaver, I've read through your blog from the beginning more than once, and keep learning more. I've left a little thank you gift on my blog, fibresofbeing.

Michael said...

I have to admit, I don't spin nearly as much of my waste as I ought to do. I sure make plenty of it when I'm reeling and throwing! I usually give it away to other spinners.