Silk for felting

A wonderful silk for felting, Margilan rarefied silk now back in stock.  in a range of hand dyed colours. More natural white arriving soon and more colours will be added as they become available.

While not suitable for conventional dressmaking, this very sheer silk gauzse is excellent for felting.  Use as a base fabric for nuno felting or scrunch & layer for embellishing wet felted items.

From Uzbekistan, hand loomed Margilan silk gauze provides an alternative to commercial Chinese silk fabrics.  Margilan silk scrim has a natural sheen, unlike the more matte finish of a chiffon or Georgette type of fabric. Traditional weaving methods create a very open loose weave in the Margilan silk.  As a felting fabric, lightweight open weave silk gauze is excellent 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.

Undyed Margilan silk and silk gauze can be dyed using a variety of dyes and techniques.  For an economical alternative, try our hand dyed cotton scrim for nuno-felting with some added viscose roving for sheen & embellishment.

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