Silk Papers Workshop – Val Toombes – May 2019


We started the day with Val Toombes explaining the 4 undyed silks in our packs – mulberry which was white, tussah not as white as mulberry, gum silk, and throw silk which was curly, soft, and shiny.  We made silk sheets by thinly placing the 4 silk layers between 2 layers of bridal net, then wetted with water and after that textile medium.  This was put to dry.


W​e then used a variety of dyed silks placed again between 2 layers of bridal net, wetted as above the put to dry.  Some very interesting and colourful designs were achieved!

In the afternoon we blew up a balloon and after coating it with textile medium we made bowls by placing silks in layers across and around it resembling bad hair day wigs!  We then took these home to dry and pop.
An enjoyable day for everyone!

Report by Diana K and photos by Jackie B

Thank you both for sharing your day with everyone.

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