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Whitchurch Silk Weaving Mill: aa031404

I had a delightful visit to the Whitchurch Silk Mill in Whitchurch, UK. It is about 1 1/2 hour drive southwest from London in Hampshire. Whitchurch Silk Mill is a true working mill, still producing silk yardage, using 19th Century weaving looms. The mill is open to the public 6 days per week, Tuesday – Sunday and the visitor can see the weavers at work on the week days.

The mill employs 2 weavers, a warper, an engineer to keep the equipment running and admin staff. Much of the mill is run by volunteers who share an interest in keeping this early 19th Century mill alive.

The silk mill specializes in small run silk and silk blend weaves: 25 meter to 250 meter runs. They produce Taffeta, Organza and Ottoman silks.

The silk is woven at 300-500 ends per inch, with approx. 10500 ends per warp. It takes approximately 1 week to prepare a warp, and about 3 weeks to warp a loom, so whenever possible, warps are tied on or attached to the previous warp on the loom.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill
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Whitchurch Silk Mill Shop

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Silk skeins are being reeled onto bobbins.

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Silk Weaving Looms
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View from the Tea Shop window

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Woven Ribbon
Several bands of ribbon are woven on one warp. These are then cut after removing them from the loom.

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Organza

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Silk Moire

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Silk

Silk Worms
Rainbow Dye Silk
How to Rainbow Dye Silk
Nuno Felting on Silk
Sari Silk
Silk
Weaving Books
Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being
Silk for the Vikings (Ancient Textiles Series)
The Practical Spinner’s Guide – Silk

The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials

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Silk

Handspun Silk Top
Rainbow-dyed silk knits up into a lightweight summer top.

Silk Wallets
Rainbow-dyed woven wallets made with handspun silk caps.

Silk Worms
Did you know that a silk worm can spin a thread 2 miles long?

Whitchurch Silk Mill
A visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill, a working silk mill producing silk yardage, using 19th Century looms.

Colinette Textile Alchemy
Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns: silk, mohair, wools, cottons.

Department of Textiles
From the Smithsonian Institution, information on the silk trade. (bottom part of the page).

Look China
Look China imports exotic Chinese cashmere, camel, silk and yak spinning fibres and yarns.

Louet
Louet supplies luxury weaving yarns and spinning top: silk, merino, corriedale, mohair, alpaca, linen.

Nishikie Gallery
The Silk Laboratory at the Shinshu University has some wonderful images from the gallery showing seriaculture.

Paradise Fibers
Paradise fibers searches for luxurious fibres from around the world, including, combed bombyx and tussah silk, cultivated silk top, bricks and bells.

Robin and Russ
Robin and Russ has an interesting supply of weaving yarns, too numerous to list fully on their website.

Silk Museum
The Silk Museum in the Netherlands takes you to the miraculous world of silk, showing the process from the silkworm to the handpainted silken product.

Treenway Silks
Treenway has luscious silks and lots of great info about silk too.

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Silkworms: aa062797

Silk has always had a romantic appeal. Silk production was a closely guarded secret, developed by the Chinese about 4000 years ago. The silk fiber is triangular, giving it unique light reflecting properties. Silk fiber is stronger than steel, yet can be spun and woven into the most delicate of fabrics.

The silkworm starts its life as a pin-head sized egg. Eggs are place on a fine mesh tray, covered with choppedy mulberry leaves The grubs emerge in about two weeks and then feed voraciously. They shed their skins as they grow.

Each shedding is called an instar.
Life of the Bombyx shows images of the growth of the silk worm.

When the larvae is about 4 inches in length, it stops feeding and is ready to pupate and to spin its cocoon. A silk worm can spin a thread more than two miles long.

After the cocoon is complete and the pupa is removed, the fibers are slowly opened. The long filaments are drawn out from the edge into a roving that can be spun. Silk is processed in reeling and twisting factories.

Raising Silk Worms
How to raise silk worms in the classroom

Macclesfield Museums
Visit the virtual silk museums – from egg to cocoon.

Genetically Engineerind Spider Silk
Mutant silk worms are being raised to produce silk stronger than steel.

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