Silk

Silk plays well with Cotswold!  Both are long stapled, strong, lustrous fibers with very little elasticity.  Whether blending thoroughly on a drum carder, adding streaks of silk on a blending board or plying one strand of each together, silk and Cotswold will work well together.  Both fibers take dye beautifully, too, but the shading will be slightly different which will give a blend a lovely heathered effect with depth.  We offer silk in several different forms for all your spinning and felting projects.

Silk Top - Fibers in a prepared top are perfectly aligned in parallel to each other which allows for fine spinning or smooth felting.  We offer mulberry silk in both natural white (mulberry silk is the whitest of the silks) and dyed shades.  Dyed top will have slightly uneven color penetration which gives interesting shading instead of a completely solid color.  Our colors are not reproducible although I dye several ounces at once.  All of our dyed top is packaged in half ounce quantities unless stated otherwise.  If you see a color you love be sure to buy enough as future matches are unlikely. 

Eri Peace Silk - This special category of combed silk top features NATURAL COLORS of silk.  Eri silk , or Ahishma silk, comes from wild silk worms who dine exclusively on Cator plants. Eri silk is often called "peace silk" because the moth is allowed to make a hole and escape the cocoon before it is degummed. Their enzyme does not destroy the silk as does mulberry silk worms.  The Red Eri has a natural light rusty red tone. The Yellow Eri is naturally a soft butter yellow.  

Silk Hankies/Caps - Each silk hankie is drawn from one silk worm cocoon which is one continuous thread of pure silk. Hankies are formed by stretching the pulled silk onto a square frame. (There are also silk caps which are made by stretching the pulled silk over a dome shape instead of a square frame and the resultant layered silk looks like a cap or bell. They can be used in the same way as a hankie). There are about 18 to 20 thin hankies per ounce which one peels apart like phyllo dough layers to work with.  They dye beautifully with acid dyes. They are great to kettle dye or hand paint and then steam. You can "pull" a roving from a hankie and knit directly from the roving - no spinning required! Here is a fun tutorial from Spin Off magazine. We offer both dyed and natural white hankies. Like our dyed silk top, the colors aren't reproducible so if you see a package that speaks to you, grab it!  All silk hankies/caps packaged in 1/2 oz. bags unless stated otherwise.

Silk Lap - Silk laps are layers and layers and layers of silk caps stretched over a big frame. They are traditionally used for quilt batting of high end quilts.  Fiber folk dye them, spin or use them in felting projects.  They dye beautifully with acid dyes and spin with a wonderful texture.  Our laps vary in size and weight.  If you have need of smaller or larger laps please ask us!  We may be able to accommodate you.  

Sari Silk Waste - The waste silk from making saris (literally) is processed into a brilliant roving full of color and texture.  Make an art yarn by spinning it alone or use as blending fiber in your batts and roving.  The waste roving includes 'regular' silk fiber with colorful additions of short lengths of silk thread and neps and noils of silk.  This will put some zing into your projects!  All sari silk packaged in 4 oz. lots unless stated otherwise. 

Silk Top
silk : White (Mulberry)

Natural
White (Mulberry)
White mulberry silk top 
1 oz. pkgs.
$7.50



Many available
silk : Unbleached Tussah

Natural
Unbleached Tussah
Silk worms with a varied diet produce this soft beige tussah silk.  (Silk worms eating 100% mulberry leaves produce the bright white silk)  This natural color is pleasant and neutral and will coordinate with anything.  Or you could dye it.
One ounce packages.
$7.00



Several available
silk : Eri Peace Silk - Red

Natural
Eri Peace Silk - Red
NATURAL rusty red/brown color combed silk top.  A warm, glowing color.  ONE ounce packages.
$9.00



Several available
silk : Eri Peace Silk - Red - 2 oz.

Natural
Eri Peace Silk - Red - 2 oz.
NATURAL rusty red/brown color combed silk top. A warm, glowing color. TWO ounce packages.
$0.00



Two available.
silk : Eri Peace Silk - Yellow

Natural
Eri Peace Silk - Yellow
NATURAL warm buttery yellow color combed silk top.  ONE ounce packages.
$9.00



Two available
silk : Eri Peace Silk - Yellow - 2 oz.

Natural
Eri Peace Silk - Yellow - 2 oz.
NATURAL warm buttery yellow color combed silk top. TWO ounce packages.
$17.00



Three available
silk : Candy Apple

Dyed
Candy Apple
Bright candy apple red
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Three available.
silk : Green Apple

Dyed
Green Apple
A slightly yellow green - chartreuse - a tart color!
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Three available
silk : Charcoal

Dyed
Charcoal
Not quite jet black but very close.  The highlights look blue but there's no blue in there.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75

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silk : Bluebell

Dyed
Bluebell
The dye color broke so we have light pink right next to baby blue in the top.  I couldn't replicate it if even if I had to.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75

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silk : Buttercup

Dyed
Buttercup
Bright, primary yellow.  Very slight difference in depth of shade, but all yellow.  Very yellow....
Half ounce packages
$4.75



Four available
silk : Orange

Dyed
Orange
A nice, medium orange.  
Half ounce packages
$4.75



Three available
silk : Sky Blue

Dyed
Sky Blue
A beautiful, deep sky blue.   Depth of shade varies slightly.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Two available
silk : Sea Glass

Dyed
Sea Glass
Soft shades of green with streaks of blue where the dye broke a little.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75

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silk : Salmon

Dyed
Salmon
A soft peachy pink (or pinky peach) color.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Four available
silk : Dove

Dyed
Dove
Lovely silver gray with shades of slightly deeper gray.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75

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silk : Burgundy

Dyed
Burgundy
Deep reddish purple.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Two available
silk : Gunmetal Blue

Dyed
Gunmetal Blue
A medium blue with a definite grayish cast.  
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Three available
silk : Walnut

Dyed
Walnut
Very pretty shades of dark goldish brown.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75

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silk : Violet

Dyed
Violet
Somewhere between dark lilac and true violet with small areas of pinker color.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Spruce

Dyed
Spruce
A lovely color, just like a blue spruce tree.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



One available
silk : Cherry

Dyed
Cherry
Slightly less red than Candy Apple.  Darker than 'pink'.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Merlot

Dyed
Merlot
A dark red with blue undertones and slight streaks of dark red/purple.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Straw

Dyed
Straw
An interesting color - pale butter yellow with pink undertones and actual slight pink shading in areas.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Three available
Silk Lap
silk : 32 X 64

Natural
32 X 64
Silk laps are layers and layers and layers of stretched silk caps over a big frame. They are traditionally used for quilt batting of high end quilts.
Fiber folk dye them, spin or use them in felting projects.  They dye beautifully with acid dyes and spin with a wonderful texture.  This lap measures approx. 32 X 64 inches and weighs 11 oz. 
$85.00



One available
Silk Hankies/Caps
silk : White - undyed

Natural
White - undyed
Undyed, natural white silk caps.
Full ounce packages
$9.75



Many available
silk : #3

Dyed
#3
A nice medium, solid dove gray.
Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #5

Dyed
#5
The tropics in pastels. Yellow, pink, peach, lavender.  
Half ounce packages
$7.50



One available.
silk : #6

Dyed
#6
Fluorescent pink, gray and medium blue.
Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Three available.
silk : #9

Dyed
#9
Lilac, chartreuse and light brown with pale spots of each.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



One available.
silk : #15

Dyed
#15
Orange and charcoal with some lighter areas of each.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #17

Dyed
#17
Mottled jade green, chestnut and olive.  African safari colors.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



One available.
Sari Silk Waste
silk : Six Color Sampler

Dyed
Six Color Sampler
A THREE ounce collection of six different sari silk colors (half ounce each) for your sampling fun.  Colors in each collection will vary depending on availability but a definite variety will be included.
$16.00



several available
silk : Carnival

Dyed
Carnival
Gorgeous deep ultraviolet (the picture doesn't do it justice - it's not this blue) base with small blobs and threads of red, green, yellow and a little orange.
$19.50



Two available.
silk : Tangerine

Dyed
Tangerine
Nearly solid medium orange with just a very few threads of pink - they may even be accidental they are so sparse.
$19.50



Two available
silk : Fancy Flamingo

Dyed
Fancy Flamingo
Nearly solid plum/pink color with long streaks of a soft, sandy beige that coordinates smoothly with the base color.  A few threads of other colors are sparsely scattered.
$19.50



Two available.
silk : Tomato on the Vine

Dyed
Tomato on the Vine
Real, ruby red base with accents of gold, orange and shades of blue.
$19.50



One available.
silk : Perfectly Purple

Dyed
Perfectly Purple
An odd name for something that's not got a whole lot of purple in it.  This is equal parts pinky-purple, royal blue and a light goldish brown.
$19.50



Three available.
silk : Riot of Color

Dyed
Riot of Color
This really has all colors included although there are areas where yellow and orange take charge and other stretches where red and green predominate.  But ALL colors are in here!
$19.50

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silk : Lily Pad

Dyed
Lily Pad
Beautiful green red, gold and yellow highlights.
$19.50



Two available.
silk : Happy Holidays

Dyed
Happy Holidays
Christmas-y green and red with threads of blue, yellow orange and white.
$19.50



Two available.
silk : Sandy Beach

Dyed
Sandy Beach
Cream and warm tan base with just a very few flicks of red and aqua.
$19.50

Sorry, Sold Out
silk : Watermelon

Dyed
Watermelon
Hot pink and green with yellow, orange, blue and turquoise.
$19.50

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