WHAT IS IT?
These are lustrous pure tussah silk tops, in a lovely pale golden colour (due to the natural tannin in the oak leaves the silk worms munch on), which have been cut into approx 3" (7-8cm) chunks and then teased out. The fibre is gorgeous and gleaming having been de-gummed and combed to produce a unique lustre and soft handle.
WHAT'S IT FOR?
These shorter pieces of fibre were originally created to be spun into textured yarn, which means they are nice and easy to handle for your chosen craft.
Silk tops can be spun into a strong, glistening, sleek oaky coloured yarn that can be knitted or woven into luxurious garments, or blend with other fibres to make the silk (and your budget) go further.
These long, smooth silk fibres cannot be felted as they are, but will add a glorious lustre to felt when carded with other fibres (such as merino wool) and are perfect for needlefelting.
Use within silk papermaking by combining with cocoon strippings or throwster's waste or use on their own, but with a glue medium, to create a fabulous 'paper' fabric with many possibilities as a background to work on.
These gorgeous fibres will dye easily with hot water dyes (to heathery shades), whether before transforming them into something else of afterwards – and will retain their lustre.
Papermaking, Needlefelting, Silk Papermaking, Spinning
WHY SHOULD I BUY IT?
Handy chunks of silk are nice and easy to use and at a great price without losing any quality.