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Topic: Setting the twist for silk blend?  (Read 713 times)
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« on: November 15, 2005 12:40:32 PM »

Hey guys!  I'm spinning the most beautiful kitchen sink batts of dark brown kid mohair, orange merino, and white silk.  Beautiful stuff that looks like Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows.   Here's a photo I took the other day:

Isn't this stuff great?  I got it on ebay Smiley

So I'm about done now and started wondering if I should do something different to set the twist!  I usually drop the yarn in a bath of really hot water (I like the yarn to felt just a little) and baby lavender shampoo then rinse it with warm water and hang it to dry.  But I was thinking, what if the silk shrinks? 

What do you guys think?  Should I set it in cool to warm water ?  This is my first time spinning non-animal fibers so I'm a bit leery about how well the silk bits will hold the twist.  Maybe I should've done it on my wheel but for some reason this yarn wanted to be spun on the drop spindle instead.

Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2005 05:31:44 PM »

Silk is actually considered an animal fiber. I had a textiles professor say that if it comes from something that has a face, it's an animal fiber. And I'm sure cute little silk worms have faces  Cheesy. Anyway, I have spun silk and soy silk and I set the twist the same way I would with wool. I also spun a camel/silk blend and set the twist the same way you are talking about doing and it turned out beautifully. I think it should work fine.
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