So of course, silk is made into all sorts of fabrics with all sorts of weights. Its a little overwhelming!! I took the advice of Marlene Glickman and bought some samples from Thai Silks in California. Its so much easier to put a swatch with a name that it was a worthwhile investment. Here are some of my favorites!
Organza - sheer open weave fabric that has a smooth flat finish. It has a stiff crisp hand and comes in a variety of weights that effect its translucence.
Charmeuse - satin weave silk with a crepe back - think lingerie and silk pajamas!
Chiffon - sheer fabric with a soft limp hand to it. Will drape wonderfully
Habotai - is a plain weave fabric - has a "silky" hand (mostly but it does come in crinkle varieties) its soft and lustrous.
Dupioni - this is a double weave fabric (often with two close but different colors). Its a substantial plain weave with a nubby texture. Still has a nice luster to it.
Noil has a nubby feel and a low sheen. It comparable to cotton in texture easily sewn
That is only a small sampling but at least it got me started on knowing what I was looking for. I'm looking forward to playing with translucence and organza this spring. Its been on my to do list but when I tried with synthetic fabrics last summer I got lack luster results. So hopefully silk will put me on the right road!
So what have been up to creatively?