Silk for felting needs to be a relatively loose or open weave fabric. The technique of combining fabric and wool roving is referred to as Nuno felting. The wool fibres need to be able to migrate through the weave of the fabric.
Margilan rarefied silk gauze, being the lightest silk available, drapes beautifully when felted. Available in natural and hand dyed options, it retains a lovely sheen. It weighs around 8 gms per square metre.
Another suitable silk fabric is Uzbek silk gauze. Slightly heavier at around 3.5 momme, it’s natural sheen is similar to paj or 5 momme habotai .
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