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). This classic fibre is gorgeous and gleaming having been de-gummed and combed to produce a unique lustre and soft handle.
WHAT'S IT FOR?
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?
Silk tops are the height of luxury and will show off your skills beautifully.