Very sheer, our range of silk for felting suits a variety of uses, but especially nuno felting. Use as a base fabric, scrunch or layer for a wonderful addition to wet felting. In addition to our very popular Margilan silk scrim, we also have a slightly heavier weight Uzbek silk gauze. Both are available in their natural slightly off-white colour as well as a range of hand dyed colours.
From Uzbekistan, these are great silks for felting and differ markedly from Chinese silk fabrics. Both the Margilan silk scrim and silk gauze have a wonderful natural sheen, unlike the matte finish of a chiffon or Georgette type of fabric. Traditional weaving methods create a very open loose weave in the Margilan silk. With a slightly more dense weave, Uzbek gauze is less fragile. As a felting fabric, both are wonderful silks for nuno felting.
Silk fabrics are surprisingly strong but washing should be done in cool to lukewarm water with minimum detergent. Colour loss from the dyeing process occurs sometimes when using hot water or microwaving. High alkalinity has the same effect. Ironing while damp restores the natural sheen and eliminates wrinkles more easily. Ironing nuno felted items is beneficial too.
Based in Perth Australia, Unicorn Fibres is an online business focusing on quality felting supplies. Our aim is to source and supply fellow felt makers, spinners and textile artists with a quality range of fabric and fibres at affordable prices. Our supplies for felting feature a large range of extra fine combed merino wool rovings and viscose fibre, as well as unique hand-dyed delicate fabrics. These include Margilan silk gauze, cotton scrim and other embellishments fit for a unicorn. Supplies for felting include ball brausers and needle felting tools. All prices shown are in Australian dollars. Owner Sara Quail is a felt maker and has been actively involved with a variety of textiles over the last 2 decades – exhibitions, teaching, magazine articles…. See more at saraquail.com