Silk Hankies

Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Projects | 7 comments


I thought I would start gradually adding some of the projects and how-to’s from past newsletters to the ‘Projects’ page. They will still be downloadable as pretty pdf files from the archive of course, but maybe its also handy here to have an overview of what was in the newsletter!

The first of these was the one on spinning silk hankies, in my video I show two techniques for doing this, one is the technique you usually see when you look on You Tube for information about how to spin Mawatas, you know, put a hole in the middle of the hankie and pre-draft it. This is a perfectly good method and gives you a lot of control over the thickness you want to spin. I also show you another (and my preferred) method, of drafting directly from the corner, I find it is actually easier on my fingers this way, the most important thing being to make sure your hands are far enough apart that the fibers are easy to draft. They make a very satisfying popping noise as you pull them 😛 This technique gives you more control over the colours as you spin and tends to keep them together better than the other way.

The last thing in the video is a little bit about knitting straight from an unspun hankie! Its actually really easy and makes a beautiful light fabric, so even if you are not a spinner you can still make great use of a silk mawata!

Any questions? Post them in the comments and I will do my best to answer!


  1. Awesome video Suzy. I am going to be making my own silk hankies soon from an order that I am getting from Mary at Camaj and can’t wait to start spinning them myself. Going to definitely try the corner spinning way and see if that isn’t easier for me to do. Thanks again for posting this video.

  2. Yay! This always amazes me. I can’t thank you enough as I’m learning and this just makes me even more excited to try it. You knit better than I do. I crochet and can’t knit to save my life. Thank you so much for the video. Looking forward to others.

    • You can crochet with it too! 😀

  3. Thank you so much, Suzy!!

    • No problem! And I just noticed that the thumbnail only shows ‘not for’… thats not so good! Oh well..

  4. Thank you sooooo much!!!! This is awesome!!!

    • You’re very welcome Valorie, glad you enjoyed it!

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