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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How to Spin Yarn Out Of Plastic Bags

by DIY Maven

How to Spin Yarn Out Of Plastic Bags

Pluralmolecule over on Instructables has posted a very easy and clever method of spinning yarn out of plastic bags. The supplies are minimal; they include:

  1. A bunch of plastic bags
  2. A scissors
  3. A simple spindle

This how-to does not include an accompanying video, but I found step-by-step videos on joyofhandspinning.com. In them, they are spinning wool, but the technique appears to be the same as in the Instructable post. The website also includes...

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