Spinning Silk

Spun silk: doesn’t that conjure up something luxuriously soft and lovely? It sure doesn’t make me think of something likely to slice my hands as I make it, but I have come so close to doing just that as I learn how to handle this delightfully soft but fearsomely strong cloud of fibre. The finer I spin the sharper it becomes. I can only work on this in short bursts as I have to rest my hands frequently: the strength of silk taxes my hand joints and muscles and I’m risking a flare-up of RSI. But it’s so beautiful, so soft, so warm…. And I want it to make a projector screen from in my studio.

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