Degumming Silk Throwsters Waste

Today we have a throwback post. It was originally posted by Zed in 2011. Jan is ill and can’t make a post and I thought this would be interesting to everyone.

A few years ago I was given some gorgeous multi-coloured Throwsters waste in a fibre swap. I’ve always used it sparingly, worried it’d run out and I’d have to begrudgingly pay a ridiculous amount of money for a tiny handful. Then a few months ago I was ordering wool and fibres from World of Wool and thought I’d take the plunge and order some gummed throwster’s waste since it cost less for 100g than most people charge for 10g dyed. I had no idea it’d be so stiff and dull! The complete opposite of what I was used to. I had absolutely no idea how to de-gum it either πŸ™‚

A couple of days later after a few hours searching the internet, I was confident I’d pieced together enough info to try de-gumming for myself. I thought I’d probably have to try it a few times before getting it right, but was pleasantly surprised to see it work first time with excellent results πŸ™‚

If you’d like to try it yourself or are just interested in the process, I’ve made a tutorial with lots of photos and an easy to follow table for working out quantities.

Degumming Silk Throwsters Waste

I’ll be following up later this week with a tutorial for direct dyeing small amounts of animal fibres with acid dyes, which can be used to dye your degummed throwster’s waste some gorgeous colours πŸ™‚

I have to say Thank You to foragingfibers whose pictures convinced me it was worth trying to degum my own throwster’s waste πŸ™‚

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15 Responses to Degumming Silk Throwsters Waste

  1. Leonor says:

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing, this might come in handy in the future πŸ™‚

  2. mosaicmagoie says:

    More inspiration! Thank you

  3. AdventuresInFelt says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing that! I bought a bag of colored silk throwsters waste but have only used a little bit once as it is really stiff so I will definitely try this. I wonder if you can use this method for silk rods also?

  4. ruthlane says:

    Thanks Ann for resharing this post.

  5. Suzanne says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I love using throwsters waste for texture in Felting. I would like to try degumming and dying my own to reduce costs. Does anyone have a link to purchase gummed throwsters waste?

  6. RovingOne says:

    Thank you for re-posting and to Zed for her article. It is timely as I have a dwindling supply of dyed throwsters waste. Last month I thought I would get some undyed to dye myself and just like Zed was surprised when what I found online looked straight and wirey, not a bit like the soft curly fibre I’ve been using. As the label has long since come away from my packet of dyed fibres I concluded that I had remembered the wrong name for my fibre. Now you’ve solved my mystery.

  7. Good to know. Thnaks for sharing!

  8. annielynrosie says:

    Brilliant tutorial Zed and such good photos that illustrate the points so clearly.

    Get well soon Jan!

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