I had bought a small packet of hand dyed silk cocoons, to see how it would work spinning those. I was very surprised, to find that it was easy to draw the silk from the cocoons. I really got the feel of the long silk fibre, much better even than spinning from silk hankies. It was imensly enjoyable. I had been warned that the spun silk would be more textured and on the bobbin it looked rather bumpy in places. What was nice was that the colour from the outside of the cocoon is darker and is not as strong on the inside - nice darker and light shades.
Now look how nice it turned out after
washing and drying!
It makes a big difference to spin the long silk fibers. In the silk tops the fibers
seem to be only between 5 to 9 cm long from being processed through the machinery. From the cocoons the fibers seem to go on in one stream.
The resulting silk is softer and "blooms" after washing.
I look forward to try out weaving and see if it makes a difference.
The yarn is Navajo plyed (3 strands make the yarn)
Silk sunset colour in the sky of my tapestry