From Cocoon to Fabric

Silk Organza Scarf
Silk Organza Scarf by Liz Macklin

Patience! Unraveling cocoons takes time! On September 26th, I spent the day exploring the world of silkworms. The teacher, fiber artist Renate Maile Moskowitz, arrived with a car full of cocoons, fabrics, dyes, silk hankies and even a box of hungry caterpillars.  She was as friendly and vivacious as her supplies were intriguing. We spent the day degumming, finger spinning, stretching, dyeing and embossing silk.

Renate Maile Moskowitz teaches “The Secrets of Silk” at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia.

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