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

Natural
White
White mulberry silk top 
1 oz. pkgs.
$7.50



Many 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.
$17.00



Several available
silk : Eri Peace Silk - Yellow

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



Several 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



Several available
silk : Turquoise

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



Four available
silk : Pink

Dyed
Pink
Light, cherry blossom pink.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



One available.
silk : Green

Dyed
Green
A nice, medium grass green.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Two available
silk : Dark Plum

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



Two available
silk : blue

Dyed
blue
A good, deep sky blue.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



Four available
silk : Cherry

Dyed
Cherry
A bright, pinkish red.  
Half ounce packages
$4.75



Three available
silk : Black

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



Two available.
silk : Lilac

Dyed
Lilac
A soft, pastel lilac.
Half ounce packages
$4.75



Two available.
silk : Gunmetal

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



One available.
silk : Orange

Dyed
Orange
Bright but mottled hunter orange.
Half ounce packages.
$4.75



One available.
silk : Yellow

Dyed
Yellow
Sunshine yellow.
Half ounce packages
$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
Silk Hankies/Caps
silk : White - undyed

Natural
White - undyed
Undyed, natural white silk caps.
Full ounce packages
$8.25



Many available
silk : #1

Dyed
#1
Very dark charcoal with some small breaks of gray and tan.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #2

Dyed
#2
Tangerine, peach and raspberry with small white spots.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #3

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



Two available.
silk : #4

Dyed
#4
Spruce green, brown and gunmetal with some white spotting. 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 : #7

Dyed
#7
Lilac and gunmetal blue with generous splotches of white.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #8

Dyed
#8
Mottled shades of blue, mulberry and forest green.
Half ounce packages
$7.50



One available.
silk : #9

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



Two available.
silk : #10

Dyed
#10
Light burgundy and cherry red with generous splotches of white throughout.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #11

Dyed
#11
Turquoise, gunmetal and soft cherry red with some more pale splotches.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #12

Dyed
#12
Light brown, pale gold and spruce.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #13

Dyed
#13
Turquoise, light green and gunmetal with lighter areas of each.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #14

Dyed
#14
Predominantly medium blue with a bit of spruce and light brown and splotches of white overall.  Half ounce packages.
$7.50



Two available.
silk : #15

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



Two available.
silk : #16

Dyed
#16
Bright green, sky blue and bright yellow with minimal lighter areas.  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



Two available.
silk : #18

Dyed
#18
Pine green, dark salmon and rusty chestnut with some lighter areas.  Half ounce packages. 
$7.50



Two 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 : Blue Lagoon

Dyed
Blue Lagoon
Beautiful deep blue with green, red and gold accent streaks and slubs.
$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



Two available.
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



One 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

Sorry, Sold Out
silk : Sandy Beach

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



Two 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

Sorry, Sold Out
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



Two 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

Sorry, Sold Out