First of all Happy Canada Day to all Canadians! It wasn’t hard to miss with little flags sticking out from people bags. I had one too so maybe I can say I’m a little bit Canadian…at least this week I feel like one, eh :-)!
Today in class was silk day. We spun from a silk hankie, silk noils, tussah silk, and bombyx silk. Here are some pics (I know I still need a lot of practice with silk):
We also talked a lot about how to achieve a properly spun silk yarn or thread for weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and cross stitch. That’s why I think the Master Spinner Program here at Olds College is such a high quality program because spinning, which is the first step before any cloth or thread can be made, is studied and practiced for all types of end use. And I’m just showing you the nice pics of the week and talking a little bit about what we covered. What I’m not going into here is the more technical details and the formulas that we’ve studied as well…partly because at the end of the day I just want to think back and recall the spinning and colors and textures of the day, not so much the formulas for TPI and the count systems (albeit very important). But at this time of the evening my brain is burnt around the edges.
So, that said, here are some pics of the pot luck get together that we had this evening. Tomorrow at the end of class people will start going home and very few of us will be left until Saturday morning when we’ll shuttle to Calgary and catch our flights home. It’s time to get packing.