I came home from Vancouver last week and man, the West Coast life is something else. My Boyfriend and I turned to each other more than once with the so-what-would-it-take-to-move-out-here look. The ocean, the air, the trees, the cherry blossoms, the abundance of wheat-free foods…
I digress. There are a few places and spaces I really wanted to share, and the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island is one of them. I felt so overstimulated when I first walked in that I practically had to put blinders on to narrow my field of vision and avoid having a panic attack. Does that make sense? Just a lot of good in a small space and I had no idea where to begin. Thankfully my Boyfriend and his Mum were very understanding when I told them I was going to be a while…like a while…like maybe they should go walk Granville Island and I’ll text them when I’m done, while.
I didn’t take many photos and the ones I did take are all out of whack, but oh well. I find it really hard to step back and take good pictures when all I want to do is dig through shelves and bins and feel everything. I just want to absorb it all and learn what every kind of silk is and where it comes from and what people make with it and what happens when you combine these two etc, etc, etc.
Although I’m incredibly interested, I’m only just learning. I won’t pretend to be a pro and review this store and I cannot compare their product to anyone else’s, I can just share with you what I found and what I took home with me.
Women were working on two of the looms the entire time I was in the store, which was neat to watch and took the pressure off browsing around. I like to take my time (indecisive, meet overwhelmed).
Look at these COLOURS!
I spent a lot of time in this corner – one wall of silk skeins and one of raw silk fibre.
I exercised some admiral self-restraint and got out of there spending next to nothing plus multiple dollars. I don’t know what I’m going to make with anything I bought but I do know I had to buy it, so, here we are.
Bombyx, wild tussah and wild muga silk fibre (left to right). All ready to be spun! It’s interesting to read about the differences and origins online but I need to feel the differences myself. I’ll share my progress as I go.
This super fine copper wire was an instant yes. Imagine this woven into a wall hanging? The dimension that would add? Or knit into something? Yes. Yes, yes.
I got a little baggy of 5 bombyx silk cocoons just out of curiosity. This was one of those strategically placed impulse purchases near the cash. I’m not mad.
It’s like a fuzzy little bug coffin.
(Not vegan friendly)