I’m not sure why it took me so long to try spinning silk. I was intimidated by the idea, expected it to be slippery and difficult to handle. Nothing could be farther from the truth with tussah silk. The draft is smooth and with the long staple – 7” or more – there’s no spindle hitting the floor! So beautifully lustrous, soft and strong – and oh! That shine!
Tussah silk comes from the wild silkworm, and although it used to be gathered from the wild, it’s now mostly cultivated in China and India. Tussah silk is golden in color and is more durable than mulberry silk. Reading about tussah silk, I noticed that some soap recipes use tussah silk as an ingredient that improves the texture, giving a slippery, rich feel to the lather.
This tussah silk in the pumpkin colorway is from Sweet Georgia fibre . It’s only 1 ounce, but seems to be going a long way.
This spin is going to take awhile. I’ll keep you posted…