This week I finished my 5th Roseville Album block
and eight more little houses to add to the collection.
During the week I found an article in our local daily newspaper (The Age) about a cape made from spider web silk. I found the topic absolutely fascinating! The cape is currently on display and the V and A in London. To see some photos of the cape go here. (this isn't the original article I saw. I search the net for something without pictures of spiders....just the cape!!!) More cape photos here (and no spiders!!!)
Each thread in the cape is made up of 96 strands of spider silk and yet the cape weighs only 1.5 kilograms. (about 3.3 lbs) It took eight years to create the cape and a shawl. The golden hue of the thread is its natural colour.
There is also a story and a link to a video here of the spider silk shawl (warning ...spiders in video)
The cape itself almost glows and the hand embroidery that covers the whole surface is very intricate. The amount of time, effort and dedication to create this piece is astounding! It is extraordinary!