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?
You will also find out that silk ravels quite a bit.
You make me want to dig out my silks.....tx's for the reminder!!!!
I love working with silk, especially Dupioni, although I recently learned that it does take dye differently and it does ravel.
I love silks (and polyesters too), but I'm not exactly great with them. For thin ones, I have good luck interfacing them first. Good luck, the sheen and colors are so beautiful!
You make silk sound so tempting. Love the sheen that can be created. Thanks for the lesson.
I have a Duponi silk project in the works right now. I covered the back of each piece with this amazing light weight Pellon fusible... really helped with the incessant fraying. I had to move the project to the background for some other quilts I need more urgently, but hope to get back to it soon. Love working with the silk, such a lovely hand.
Silk is definitely my favourite fabric, so much variety and it just seems to add that bit extra to pieces.
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