Fwd: [B3rlist] Silk Reeling workshop
- Just in case anyone else here was heading down south to the William Marshal Event over Memorial Day weekend.I know they have 6 slots left.-Verena---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michele Berg <michele.r.berg@...>
Date: Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 10:43 PM
Subject: [B3rlist] Silk Reeling workshop
To: CalontirFiber@yahoogroups.com, B3R <b3rlist@...>, Calon_tailor@yahoogroups.com
Silk is often called the Queen of Fibers. Discovered and cultivated in
China over five thousand years ago and later imported into medieval
Europe, this spectacular stuff can be made into a wide range of
beautiful and useful garments, furnishings, and embellishments.
On Sunday, May 31st at the William Marshal event
(http://threeriver.org/marshal/) in Warrenton, MO, I am considering
putting together a Silk Reeling workshop, taught by Michael Cook, who
runs www.wormspit.com and teaches silk reeling across the country.
This timing would still allow participants to enjoy the myriad other
festivities that are part of the event, most of which are occurring on
In this hands-on workshop, you would learn the basics of how silk is
reeled, twisted, and processed to make threads suitable for weaving,
embroidery, braiding, and sewing. No prior silk work experience is
needed. You'd only need to bring whatever twisting tool you use to
spin yarn - a spinning wheel is of course faster, but a spindle will
work. We would use silk reels, and also explore options that you can
use to reel silk using equipment you may already own, or can find at
local yarn stores. There would only be fifteen spots open in the
class, due to the intensive nature of the hands-on work.
We would need to cover Michael's costs to come here to teach. He and
I have calculated the costs to bring him and all his class materials
up here, and a class fee of $30 per person would cover his expenses
and materials. I would front the cash required initially, and be
reimbursed from the class fees. If we can get all fifteen spots
pre-registered I'll move forward with making the plans for the
workshop. Please email me off-list (at michele.r.berg at my gmail
address) and let me know if you'd like to reserve a spot, and I'll
start putting a class list together.
Please feel free to forward this to other lists that may be
interested, and I apologize for cross-posts.
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