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silk and wool

June 11, 2011

I fell under the spell of this muga silk roving when I dropped into Knotty By Nature yesterday. It is stunningly beautiful, the colour of green-gold. I have read that the colour of muga silk intensifies with use/age.



the 2 ply sample works out at approximately 30 wraps per inch.  With 250 gms. it will take a while to spin and I will have enough to make something special.


 the grape-vine is invading so I gave it a little pruning.The fresh new shoots and an alum mordant gave a soft buttery yellow to this merino roving. The same grape-vine, cut at the end of a hot summer gave a much stronger colour. Think I’ll top dye it with indigo.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 12:52 pm

    i’m fondling vicariously.
    sounds racy!


    • June 13, 2011 2:19 pm

      it’s really not necessary to spin this, I could spend a lifetime fondling it. now-a-days it is mostly spinning fibres that get my heart racing. is that a sign of age-ing??


  2. June 13, 2011 3:54 am

    even if you don’t get to spin it, but oh to fondle it!!


  3. June 12, 2011 4:29 am

    this silk would have wanted me to take it home, too! what beautiful stuff, and it makes wonderful yarn.


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