Silk Sample Pack.
10g (0.4oz) Mulberry Silk
10g (0.4oz) Tussah Silk
10g (0.4oz) Eri Silk
10g (0.4oz) Peduncle Silk
5g Silk Hankies
5g Sari Silk
2g Hand Dyed Silk Noil
A great way to try lots of different silk types without committing to buy larger quantities. For advice on spinning you may enjoy reading through the archives of the Non-Wool Club blogposts.
Each fibre type is individually packaged and labelled.
Silk HankiesThese are a whole cocoon, stretched over a frame. This makes them amongst the most expensive kinds of silk because each cocoon only makes one product, rather than the waste going on to further processing. They look like a square handkerchief, hence the name. They are also sometimes stretched in a cap shape, which do exactly the same thing. Because they contain a fibres that are so long they can be a real battle to spin. You can also knit with unspun hankies. They will give you a textured, uneven yarn. Do not try to spin these on a smooth, even thread! Another way to use the is to take a pair of scissors to them, cut them in to strips that match the staple length of you wool, and card them with other fibres. Silk NoilThese are the bits and pieces that are leftover inside the cocoon. They're lumpy and bobbly and short. They're great for adding a tweed texture to blends. Sari SilkThis is the loom waste from the Sari weaving industry. The trimmings, and oddments are collected from the weaving factories and run through industrial carding machines to produce a textured top that is a mixture of fine short fibres and threads. It is sold as pure silk, but given the number of saris that are now being woven from synthetic fibres there’s no guarantee that you have a pure silk product. This is excellent for adding texture to blends. You can spin it by itself in to a textured yarn, it also works excellently as a fibre for core spinning.
Comes from the Bombyx types of moth. This is sometime why Mulberry silk is also called Bombyx silk. Mulberry is shinier, and much more compact, and very white in shade. It’s one of the most commonly farmed types of silk. Good Mulberry Silk has a very long consistent staple length. This is the type of silk that produces the shiniest yarn.
The Tussah feels slightly toothier, with a little bit more wave to the fibre. This is an excellent silk blending with wool, as it matches most wool staple length better. Some find it an easier spin than Mulberry as the staple length is shorter, and with more grip to the fibres.
This naturally coloured brown silk is produced by the Tussah (Tasar) silk moth. It’s unusual because unlike other species it forms a little tail that pokes out of the end of the cocoon. That tail (or peduncle) is processed to form this fibre. The staple length is shorter than with other silks.
This silk gets its name from the fibre that the silk moths feed on. Eri comes from the Assamese word era which means castor, as this silk moth feeds on the castor oil plant. This silk is naturally very dense, and very strong with a lovely long staple length.