A Guide to Spinning Silk Fibers + Free Knitting, Weaving, Crochet, and Embroidery Projects Using Silk Fiber

Silk is one of the luxury fibers that new spinners are likely to try first after they've mastered wool—it is so seductively beautiful with its incredible luster and ability to take color. But the craft is a little tricky, and it is really nice to have a couple expert spinners by your side as you try it out. That's exactly why the Spinning Daily team has developed this free guide to spinning silk fibers. These fascinating pages offer essential silk spinning techniques and instruction for four free projects using silk fiber for knitting, weaving, crochet, and embroidery. Don't wait; download your guide to these natural fibers today to indulge in silk luxury designed for experienced spinners and beginners alike.

In this free guide, you will learn the different characteristics of yarn spun from bombyx silk and tussah silk fibers and the steps to best spin the fiber with different techniques in mind. Bombyx mori silk is cultivated from a silkworm native to Eastern Asia. Tussah silk describes the wild silk cultivated from wild silkworms. Both silk fibers are very suitable for hand spinning, because of the long fibers, durability and dyeing capabilities. Download your free eBook to spin silk today and create beautiful handspun silk projects sure to get noticed.

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From bombyx to tussah silk, use these tips and beautiful projects to transform your spinning experience and discover the magic of hand spinning silk today!

Learn how to spin silk today! And if you are an experienced silk fiber spinner, don't wait to discover the fascinating information, helpful tips and exquisite free projects in this eBook! Enjoy the unexpected variety of possibilities—from fiber that produces a fuzzy yarn to fiber that produces a thin lustrous yarn. Learn how to best approach silk fiber depending on each project or technique.

Do you enjoy making yarn, but have never bothered to think about how to approach silk fiber differently depending on the project or technique? This is the eBook for you!

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Spinning Silk for KnittingProject 1

By Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Carol Huebscher Rhoades shares her experience with the handspun fibers, and how it inspired her to create a pattern for a useful item that was easy and quick to make. After some sampling with a beautifully dyed brick of bombyx silk, Carol decided that a cap would display the lace pattern she desired to use nicely and make a fairly easy project. Carol suggests that knitting silk fibers with bamboo or wood needles (be sure they are absolutely smooth) is easier than with metal needles, because the fiber is slippery.

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Spinning Silk for Weaving—Project 2

by Mary Spanos

The most daunting aspect of this project might also be the most appealing aspect of the silk brick: those beautiful bright colors! While weaving her first satin weave with other fibers, Mary realized satin weave fabric could be a perfect solution to handle painted silk when wanting to preserve the color that compelled you to buy the fiber in the first place. Explore the joys of weaving with your handspun silk in this beautiful project for weaving fabric from silk fiber.


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Spinning Silk for CrochetProject 3

Spinning a Navajo Three-Ply Yarn to Make Colorful Crochet Bead Ropes by Dodie Rush

Spinners can place the order of colors in a yarn and control the length of color sections keeping one color distinct from another by Navajo-plying (making a three-ply yarn by chaining a single strand of yarn from one bobbin). The threads for these bracelets, cords, and samples are spun from dyed tops of tussah or bombyx silk. Learn the techniques used to crochet a bead rope bracelet or necklace from bombyx or tussah silk.


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Spinning Silk for EmbroideryProject 4

Give Yourself a Medal! by Carol Huebscher Rhoades

The Give Yourself a Medal! is a fun, simple embroidery project that requires a small amount of handspun embroidery thread. Dress up a garment or small handmade item with a little bit of handspun silk embroidery thread. Get inspired by this free handspun silk embroidery project.


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Spinning Silk for EmbroideryProject 5

Mawata Scarf by Nancy Morey

Even without spinning or reeling, you can enjoy the process of making silk yarn. See “Working with Mawata” for information on working with this preparation, then practice pulling silk into unspun yarn. This simple pattern shows off the sheen and softness of the fiber; pull the mawata very thin for a lacier effect.


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