Maurice Brassard is a family run mill in Canada that has been operating since the 1970’s.They produce a beautiful range of high quality, richly coloured cotton yarns that are perfect for weaving with.
"In 2018 I visited Leclerc Looms in Plessisville, Canada. I was visiting to look at their loom production and did not realise that they also sold yarn under the company name of 'Maurice Brassard'. I was frustrated with the lack of choice of weaving yarns in Melbourne and Australia. Our yarn is geared towards knitting and there is a big difference when it comes to the twist of weaving yarns versus knitting yarns. All 'Maurice Brassard' Yarns are suitable for both warp and weft."
- Sharon Harris, founder of TWR
We stock all colours of LeClerc cultivated silk. There are many more options for silk on the sample card that can be ordered.
Silk, a protein fiber, originates from the cocoons of silk worms. The knowledge of silk production, or sericulture, was closely guarded for thousands of years until it eventually made its way out of China and into mainland Europe and India. The most common variety of silk is from the Bombyx Mori silkworm – this is sometimes called “mulberry” silk which refers to the leaves that make up the diet of the Bombyx worm. To make ‘reeled’ silk, the cocoons containing the worms must be boiled or steamed so the moth does not eat it’s way out and break the single continuous filament that gives silk its trademark lustre and strength. Tussah silk is made from the coccoons of moths who eat leaves high in tannin like oak, which gives the fibre a golden colour and a more slubby texture. Eri silk is produced by yet another moth, but as short fuzzy lengths instead of a continous filament which makes eri silk coarser and less lustrous. Spun silk is made from the cocoons of moths that exited their cocoons, meaning the filament has been broken in many places. Spun silk does not require the moths to be killed, and has a rougher texture and lower sheen compared to reeled silk. Furthermore, silk noil is spun from the small fibers that are left behind when spinning and reeling silk. These fibers are spun together to create a highly textured, matte yarn - a great choice for people into upcycling and zero-waste.
Silk is very easy to dye because of the protein base which is similar to our own hair or nails. It has excellent tensile strength, lustre, drape and moisture wicking properties - though these will vary greatly depending on what type of silk it is, as mentioned above. Silk is highly insulating, making it cool in summer and warm in winter. It also has a high resistance to deformation, making it less likely to crease with laundering and use. Care should be taken with all silk yarns and fabrics - gentle hand washing in lukewarm water with a mild detergent is recommended, as is professional dry cleaning.