Spinning on the Silk Road
Instructor: Karen Chabinsky
Required Skills: Basic familiarity with your wheel and how to run it.
Class Description: Imagine you are walking the silk road in the time of Ghengis Khan in the 12th century. You see the caravans of camels with their loads of brilliant silk and become aware of the pungent smell of the abundant spices packed on the camels as you follow the Great Wall of China. Today we have available so many types of silk to spin. This class will give you the opportunity to learn about the different types of silk but also spin silk and the various silk bi-products that make use of every stage of the silk process producing clouds, noil, caps and more, expanding your knowledge and experience with silk. Spinning techniques such as over-the-fold, incorporating silk carrier rods in your yarn, and blending noil will also be included.
Student Should Bring to Class:
- Spinning wheel in good working order
- Good quality hand cream
- Several bobbins
- Hand cards
- Threading hook
- Niddy Noddy if you have it to wind samples on.
- Can spin a continuous thread
- Spare parts if needed, ex: drive band, threading hook, etc.
Supplies Provided by Instructor (included in the Materials Fee): Sample fibers of all the various forms of silk we will be working with including handouts.
Time: 1:00 to 5:00
Cost: $141 (includes $20 materials fee)