If your mind is open to learning, there is always something new to try. Life is wonderful that way.
I have long wanted to play more with silk. Spin, dye, card, blend, the whole enchilada. Everything I've spun up to this point has been smooth, silky, that which comes to mind when I think about silk. This week has been about adding more tools to my tool belt.
I bought a ball of silk roving that is FULL of noils. Let's call it TEXTURE.
See them? If you found that your silk looked like that would you think good thoughts or would you want to trash it? I decided to play. I spun a few tests on my spindle. This one is a Powell. The first test was a small sample of 2 ply pure silk, the second a carded blend using the oh so present, seemingly never ending supply of Bess.
then some more... I like it.
Here's a close up of the plying ball. It has been mentioned on a number of sites recently. Rita Buchanan teaches spindle plying using this technique. Carol and Cindy have shown great shots of it. If you want to try it and need more information, check out the tutorial at Spinning Spider Jenny.
Next up... COLOR!