Silk Caps are made by stretching out the cocoon over a cone form. They are about 25cm diameter and about 25 cm in length from the tip of the cap to the brim. By opening up the brim and placing your hands inside and stretching the sides, the caps create a 3d bowl shape. they can also be separated into layers. They are available undyed or in three different colours.
Spinners can stretch and then break the diameter so that they can begin to draw a silk thread which unwinds its way in a circular fashion down the to the base of the bowl. This silk creates a superb texture in hand spun yarn.
Felters can incorporate these wonderful 3d silk forms when felting vessels, bags, hats or other three dimensional shapes. I have also stretched these caps out to about 50cm diameter and then broken the bottom to form a tube. This tube can then be used as a large circle shape or cut and laid out to make a long fibrous scarf of silk. Lay this on a Felbi prefelt and felt to create a a gorgeous silk wool scarf. The possibilities are endless.
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