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Luscious Silks – new & old stock

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silkworm and cocoon

silkworm and cocoon

Silk is a pure and natural fibre, and is made by silkworms.

The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the domesticated silkmothBombyx mori (Latin: “silkworm of the mulberry tree”)……….A silkworm’s preferred food is white mulberry leaves ……..

After molting, the instar phase of the silkworm emerges white, naked, and with little horns on their backs.

After they have molted four times, their bodies become slightly yellow and the skin becomes tighter. The larvae then enter the pupal phase of their lifecycle and enclose themselves in a cocoon made up of raw silk produced by the salivary glands

The cocoon is made of a thread of raw silk from 300 to about 900 m (1,000 to 3,000 ft) long. The fibers are very fine and lustrous, about 10 μm (0.0004 in) in diameter. About 2,000 to 3,000 cocoons are required to make a pound of silk (0.4 kg). At least 70 million pounds of raw silk are produced each year, requiring nearly 10 billion pounds of cocoons. (source: Wikipedia)

Maybe that was too much information – smile – but not everyone is aware of where silk comes from and why its has always been so expensive.  (19 May – See also ‘SILK’ – a re-blog of a post about the history of silk in China)

Silk comes in all ‘shapes & sizes’ – some of it is horrendously expensive, and if you buy a silk dress in an upmarket shop, I’m sure your credit card will know about it – smile.

However, not all silk products will break the bank, and I do love silk, so I have quite a variety of silk fibres, silk yarns and some stunning new pieces of hand dyed silk lap – as well as the pure white undyed lap, and silk ‘hankies’ – in stock at the moment, for you to play with!

(I’m currently experimenting with weaving silk, and if I like what I make, I will put a photo of it up on the Gallery of Your Work – & mine!  Please do contribute s picture to the Gallery – any photo you send in will be published – information for contributors is here.)

Below is a selection of pictures of the silks in stock now – you can buy silk noil fibres from as little as £2.99.  You will find my current listings for these in my etsy shop – julz craft supplies – and on julzweaving (ebay).

You can spin, weave, felt and make some beautiful textile art with these different types of silk!

Hover over the pictures to see what they are, or click on them to see a slide show of the full size pictures.

LUSCIOUS SILKS – SOME NEW ADDITIONS

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I love silk, and you might have noticed that I have got a stock of silks, either as fibres or yarns, and have just added some silk lap to the mix (trying it on ebay first – see links to my pages under the photo)

WHITE SILK LAP  Silk lap is strange stuff, its part fabric and can be used as wadding if you are making something from silk material that will benefit from the use of something quite so expensive – I have a small roll of white silk laps that I am selling as wadding  – but can also be used for felting & spinning.  It will be hand cut from the roll in aprrox 12″ squares.  You can use my landscape dyes to dye it too!

I also have some beautiful pieces that have been dyed in absolutely luscious colours, which I am selling as 5″ squares – no square will be exactly the same, and can be used to make pictures with, added to a felting project, or will make amazing silk yarn if you want to tease out the fibres for spinning. (apologies for the picture layout, I can’t seem to get them where I intend them to be!)

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BLUE GREY SILK LAP  GOLD YELLOW SILK LAP

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New stock includes some degummed white silk throwsters waste, which can still be used for paper making, will the addition of a glue, and will also add lovely effects to felting pieces.  The silk noils have always been popular and I am running out of the tussah silk noil, so it is presently only on etsy, but I plenty of the cream mulberry silk boil.

white sari silk  yellow sari silkAs for silk yarns, I have some new white recycled sari silk hanks, and still have some of the yellow hanks  – I sold out of the green and multicoloured hanks a while ago and am not sure whether to buy any more in – please let me know if you’d like some!  I also have a few cones of various different silks – see etsy for those.

silk-hankiesI recently restocked with the white silk “hankies”, which have been hugely popular, altho’ sometimes customers have not read the full information and think they are buying handkerchiefs – smile – these are literally hemmed squares of unrolled silk cocoons – how they hem them I don’t know – and altho’ I sell them in lots of 15, they are very difficult to count – but even more difficult to weigh – so I usually end up adding more in to make sure you have at least 15 in your bundle.

The SHOW & TELL feature – see last two postings – will run until the end of June, although I am always happy to showcase customers work, and I’d love more of  you to add pictures of your work, or related projects, or even work in progress!  So if you have been feeling shy, please don’t be, and if you keep meaning to take some pictures – please do and send them in – smile!

We are finally having some nice weather, as I predicted, so hope you all make the most of it – who knows how long it will last?

All the best

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