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Day 3: dyed silk

Tussah FiberTussah Fiber

So, yesterday my eBay-won natural dyed silk arrived. It’s 3 ounces of natural dyed and undyed Tussah silk. One ounce of undyed Tussah, one ounce of cochineal dyed, and one ounce of madder dyed.

It’s really gorgeous, especially when spun. The undyed is softer and more slippery than the dyed stuff. The dyed stuff practically “crackles” when I shake it out, but after teasing it for a minute or two, it softens up considerably. It’s stickier than the softer silk top I was spinning on Days 1 and 2, and the dyed fiber is stickier than the undyed.

What I’ve been doing is spinning a little here and there, some solid, then mixing in some other color, or blending all 3 colors together. The result is a very “autumn” color scheme, with reddish-purples.

Blended and spun Tussah silk

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