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.

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 : Turquoise

Dyed
Turquoise
Just as the name says, a beautiful turquoise shade.
$4.75



Four available
silk : Pink

Dyed
Pink
Light, cherry blossom pink.
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Green

Dyed
Green
A nice, medium grass green.
$4.75



Four available
silk : Dark Plum

Dyed
Dark Plum
Not dark enough to be burgundy but not rosy either.  Plum!
$4.75



Four available
silk : blue

Dyed
blue
A good, deep sky blue.
$4.75



Four available
silk : Cherry

Dyed
Cherry
A bright, pinkish red.  
$4.75



Four available
silk : Black

Dyed
Black
Almost solid black but with a few white streaks where dye didn't reach.
$4.75



Three available.
silk : Lilac

Dyed
Lilac
A soft, pastel lilac.
$4.75



Three available.
silk : Gunmetal

Dyed
Gunmetal
Darker blue with a definite gray cast.
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Orange

Dyed
Orange
Bright but mottled hunter orange.
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Yellow

Dyed
Yellow
Sunshine yellow.
$4.75



Three available.
silk : Walnut

Dyed
Walnut
A warm, medium brown with gray/purple light streaks.  Very woodsy looking.
$4.75



Two 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
Sari Silk Waste
silk : Chocolate Birthday Cake

Dyed
Chocolate Birthday Cake
Warm brown base with green, gold, red and purple threads.
$19.50



Two available.
silk : Lily Pad

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



Two available.
silk : Great Grape

Dyed
Great Grape
Gorgeous deep violet base with threads of red, gold, turquoise and purple.  The picture doesn't do the color justice.
$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



One available
silk : Flamingo

Dyed
Flamingo
Hot rose pink with threads of blue, yellow, orange and gray.
$19.50



Two available.
silk : Dahlia

Dyed
Dahlia
A dusky rose base with threads of blue, yellow, orange, gold, green and purple.
$19.50



One available
silk : Watermelon

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



Two available.
silk : Tea Rose

Dyed
Tea Rose
Light rose pink base with darker rose, turquoise and yellow/gold threads and streaks.
$19.50



Three available.
silk : Tranquil

Dyed
Tranquil
Dark robin's egg blue with threads of red, green, gold, gray and a little purple
$19.50



One available
silk : Honey Comb

Dyed
Honey Comb
Predominantly light gold with threads of red, green, pink and blue.
$19.50



One available.