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Bothwell International Spinin 2021

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Bothwell International Highland SpinIN & Fibre Festival Events Hand Craft Competitions 2021 The Longest Thread 2021 Fashion Design Competition

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Tasmanian Craft Fair 2019

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Well its been a hectic time lately and it is almost at the pointy end of the year with the Tasmanian Craft Fair on again over the weekend of Friday 1st November to Monday 4th November. I will be in Venue 5, stand 533 in the centre isle of the Community Centre again and really please to say I will be in the same spot as last year.

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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.

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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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