Six Slick Silks: Reeling and Throwing to Create Fabulous Silk Yarns-January 2018

January 25, 2018 9:00 am
January 27, 2018 4:00 pm
Amphitheater Bible Church
226 West Prince Road, Tucson, AZ, United States

silkInstructor:  Michael Cook
Date:  Thurs – Sat, January 25 – 27, 2018
Location:  Amphitheater Bible Church
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $195 for THSG members*    $259 for nonmembers
*Supported by a generous grant from the Esther Hughes Memorial Fund

Materials Fee: $35 – $45 includes cocoons, a special silk spool (if Michael can find them), consumables as well as a twenty-six-page handout.  If you would like the handout printed in color on better paper, it’s an additional $10.  Some of the photos are clearer in color, apparently.  You will need to order the color copies in advance of the workshop.

Level: All levels welcome.

Maximum # of students: 16 (four work stations)

Instructor Information: Michael Cook balances a hectic schedule of creating, teaching and publishing about silk from his home in Dallas.  He is the host of Worm Spit – a website and blog with extensive information on silk, silkworms and silkmoths. Michael’s teaching credentials include SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat), Olds College in Alberta Canada, Contemporary Handweavers of Texas, Southern California Handweavers Guild and many others.  He has published articles for Knitty, Spin-Off, Handwoven, and InKnitters.  He has also consulted with the American Museum of Natural History on an exhibit about the Silk Road.  We are lucky to snag him for our Guild.  

Workshop Description: This is a silk reeling class – not spinning.  It looks the same from across the room, but it is different technique wise and results in a unique yarn structure.  Whole cocoons are opened and students learn to reel the filament, twist it into various yarn structures (e.g. tram, organzine), degum, and finish it.  Participants will have the opportunity to make six varieties of yarn in the course of the class. A dedicated and energetic student leaves with all six skeins; Michael has never had any student leave with fewer than four. All of these yarns are made from cocoon filament; there is no spinning from any prepared fiber, combed top, silk noil, etc. Making hankies from cocoons is an option for day 3 – it will depend on whether the students want that more than additional reeling or twisting time.  For a former student’s excellent blog post on what it is like to take this class, click here.

Michael recently wrote an article on silk making that covers some of the same ground as the workshop, and it has a lot of color photos.  It’s available here and is on sale for $4 at the time of this workshop posting.  

Registration opens to THSG Members: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the general meeting.  Online registrations begin after 2pm.

Registration opens to Nonmembers:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Participants may register at the monthly meeting, electronically from the website using PayPal, or by snail mail to THSG Workshops, PO Box 65413, Tucson, AZ  85728.  Direct any questions to Maddie at


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