Spinning up Tussah Silk


Spinning Silk on a Drop Spindle 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!Spinning Silk Yarn

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.

DIY Spin Silk Yarn

This spin is going to take awhile. I’ll keep you posted…



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  1. Tammie
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to seeing the finished tussah silk yarn. :-) I want to thank you for your blog. You are the reason I started spinning, and I’m so glad I did! After reading about your spindle adventures and seeing the beautiful yarn you made, I decided to get a spindle about a year ago. This lead to 3 more spindles. My favorite ones are Kundert spindles which I ordered online directly from the craftsman. The are beautifully balanced and spin forever. This past spring, I bought a used Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel at a fiber fest. It’s like my smart phone; I’m still figuring out all the things it can do. I’ve purchased a number of books on spindle and wheel spinning, taken some Craftsy.com classes, and have purchased and downloaded spinning videos from Interweave Press. There is so much to learn and it’s all so much fun. Thank you!

    • Mom
      Posted December 29, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Tammie, thank you so much for your kind message! I’m so pleased to know that my little spinning adventures excited and inspired you to go on to learn so much. I agree that it’s soooo fun! :-) you’ve left me in the dust since I still haven’t managed a wheel. (Someday!) by the way, I really prefer my Kundert too! Happy Spinning, my friend!

  2. Carly
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I have been waiting to see some of that silk fiber spun up. Looks great as always. It is beautiful :)

  3. renee
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Oh I love drop spindles, I made my son one with a cd lol, he loved it

    • Mom
      Posted January 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      How cool! Did he pick up on spinning pretty easily?

  4. renee
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    yep the first try. Me on the other hand 2 days rofl

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