Wednesday, July 18, 2012

COE Handspinning--Silk Noil

I am forging onward with my efforts to complete the COE in Handspinning.  This week's fiber is silk noil.  My goal is to spin a one ounce skein of singles that is "extra fine" or greater than 50 wraps per inch.  I've tested the fiber already.  Now it's time to prepare the fibers, spin the fibers, spin the fibers, spin the fibers ...  You get the idea. 

The silk noil is short--about 1-2" long.  It is very soft and spins up slightly fuzzy.  I'm using my cotton cards and doing a single pass of the silk noil on the carders, then rolling it off on a thin dowel to make a silk noil puni.  It took 20-30 minutes to make ten punis today.

I'll be spinning the singles on my Bosworth book charka. I have no idea how long it will take me to finish this project!  One ounce of fiber isn't a ton (literally), but when it is being spun very fine like this it can take a while.  My test puni (just like one of the ones in the photo) took about 30 minutes to spin.  I wonder how many punis it will take to fill a spindle from the charka.  (FYI, and just so I remember, I am starting with 36 grams of silk noil.  The finished skeins are to be 1 ounce or 28.35 grams.  The extra is for the wraps per inch card--every skein needs one--and in case I run into waste in the carding process.  So far, the waste has been minimal.)


EGunn said...

You are trying lots of interesting fibers. Silk that short must be slippery to work with!

Jessica Madsen said...

So far it is not significantly different than cotton, which is also a short staple. ...Although I must admit that all I have done is a bit of test spinning and the carding of the noil in preparation for spinning. I'll post again in a few weeks and let you know what I think of silk noil after I've finished spinning it!