How to Make Silk in 6 Steps

by DIY Maven

 

Designboom has a fascinating pictorial of the traditional silk making process of the craftspeople in a small  village in north-east Tailand. Starting with silk worms, which aren't actually worms, and ending with luscious fabric, the photos illustrate the proceedure in 6 steps.

Step 1: Raising silkworms & harvesting cocoons.

How to Make Silk in 6 Steps

Step 2: Thread extraction:

Step 3: Dyeing.

 

Step 4: Spinning.

Step 5: Weaving.

Step 6: Ikat (binding).

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Embrace Photo Silkscreen Printing for under $75!

by Chris Gardner

Embrace Photo Silkscreen Printing for under $75!

I have no formal training in the visual arts, but I’ve been determined to learn to do photo silkscreen prints since I learned about the process in high school. Unfortunately, a lot of the ‘how-to’ literature scares one to thinking one needs a vacuum-press table, a complex exposure system inside a formal dark room, enormous wash basins, and pro-grade halftone filters, etc, etc, etc…

As it turns out, one does not. Using a pre-made and readily...

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