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Using Mulberry Silk Hankies for Felting and Knitting

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What are they?

Mulberry silk hankies are created from the silk worm cocoons of the Bombyx Mori Moth that have been soaked in water, pierced and spread out carefully onto a frame to make them about 25 cm square and stacked up on top of each other. The term Mawata refers to this. 

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Silk Throwster Waste

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What is Mulberry Silk Throwster Waste?

Mulberry silk throwster waste hand dyed rainbow by sally ridgway

Mulberry silk throwster waste fibre is recycled silk waste from the silk industry. Is it collected from the twisted waste after the reeling of the silk yarn from the silk cocoon. It has been cleaned, bleached and all of the sericin or gum has been removed. It is a mass of threads which I dye in a range of bright colours.

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Some wool and fibre estimates for wet and nuno felting.

Posted by Sally Ridgway on

I want to make a Nuno Scarf, What do I need?

The width of you scarf base depends on how wide your fabric is, of course you can buy mulberry silk scarf blanks like the ones I have listed here. I also usually start my scarves at around 2 Mt long. This allows for the shrinkage if you cover the entire piece with wool. The more wool you cover the silk fabric with the more it will shrink , so go a little larger than you need. Allowing for about 30-40% shrinkage for scarves is about what you are aiming for.

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Superwash TEC Australian Merino Wool Combed Top Undyed Has Arrived!

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Tasmanian Merino Wool Top TEC / Superwash has finally arrived and is now available!  18.5 micron Undyed Creamy White. Non-Mulesed Sustainable Creamy White Undyed. It doesn't get better than this. 

Superwash australian merino wool top roving undyed natural white

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Ball brause, water sprinklers or felting pears have arrived in store!

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Ball Brausers, Water Sprinklers or Felting Pears, what ever you call these, they are now in store and I will be stocking these regularly now.

I use these ball brausers all the time when I am felting, they make it much quicker and more efficient to wet out your lovely wool and silk fibres. When I first started to make felt I was using a small spray bottle like you get 'Spray and Wipe' in but I always found the spray was too light and when I was spraying the water was just sitting on top and not penetrating through the fibres to the bottom. It also made my hands ache after using it all day. I discovered that if I used the squirt instead of the light spray it would move the fibres and be too strong shooting the water through to the bubble wrap under the wool. Now don't get me wrong here, lots of people use a spray bottle without any issues, I am just not one of them.

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