Silk

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Missouri Artists On Main, 315 – 321 S. Main St. Charles, MO  63301

(636) 724-1260  http://www.maomgallery.com

Natural fiber produced by many creatures, notably the silkworm. The many kinds of silk include crépe, satin, taffeta, and velvet. Almost all silk comes from silkworms reared commercially; a single cocoon can provide between 600 and 900m (2,000–3,000ft) of filament.  The cocoons are soaked to unstick the fibers, and the strands are unwound together to form a single thread of yarn. The Chinese were the first to use silk. Silk manufacturing developed in England in the 17th century. China is the largest producer of raw silk. (“silk.” World Encyclopedia. : Philip’s. Oxford Reference. 2004. Date Accessed 23 Aug. 2016.)

Hand Dyed Silk

There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress silk  and each way results in very different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, Also, different techniques can be used in conjunction with one another to achieve even more elaborate results.

Have you always wanted to learn some of the many techniques used to dye silk? 

silk scarf making

Well, here is your chance!

Silk Scarf Making in the Microwave

September 1 at 2- 4 or 6 – 8 p.m.$35 includes supplies

 join resident artists Deb Mansir & Jean McMullen

Learn how to make beautiful silk scarves using a microwave that look like a flower garden!  Students will leave wearing 2 beautiful scarves.  More can be made and purchased during this 2 hour class!

 

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Call the gallery to register for this exciting and fun class. (636) 724-1260

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