Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Crazy-Beautiful New Spinning Fibres

I think "gobsmacked" is an appropriate word to describe our reaction when a handsewn parcel arrived from India and, when opened, revealed the most stunning spinning fibres we've ever seen. Check these out.

This delicious Red Eri Top (#41-020) is actually difficult to photograph. It fluoresces with vibrance. The colour is a very bright copper colour. Absolutely amazing!

Yellow Bombyx (#41-021). We've known forever that there is a bombyx species that produces yellow cocoons, but this is the first time we've seen that gorgeous, buttery colour in spinning fibre. Almost edible, it's so delectable.

Another stunner. This one, Pedencal Top (#41-022), is the stem part of the tussah cocoon. The colour of this fibre is almost a pewter shade. It's absolutely other-worldly.

In addition to these, we have a new Muga fibre (#41-002), and a white Eri Silk fibre (#41-011). So far we're just checking out these new fibres, so we haven't put them on the website yet. It's in-store shopping only at the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island. Let us know what you think! The sooner we know, the sooner it'll be on the Sanjo website!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Spinning Silk

One of our customers, Brenda Giesbrecht, recently sent us images of spectacular silk yarn she has spun using painted Sanjo Bombyx Silk sliver (10-001). We wanted to share them with you so you might be inspired. If you're not yet a spinner, maybe you should consider becoming one. And if you are a spinner, with practice you could create yarn as fine and beautiful as Brenda's.

This image shows how Brenda teases the fibres apart before she begins drafting.

 Once they're spun, and on bobbins, they can be plied. 

Thanks so much, Brenda, for letting us see your gorgeous yarn!

Stay tuned to this spot. We've just received some new spinning fibres from India which are very wonderful. Read about them here soon!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Now on Sale!

For a limited time we have our scrumptious Silk/Mohair on sale for 20% off!
Undyed 50g skeins, website sales only.