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!