Silk Sampler- Mulberry, Tussah, Peduncle, Eri, Hankies, Noil & Sari Silk. 50g

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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. 

Mulberry Silk 
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.

Tussah Silk
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. 

Peduncle Silk
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. 

Eri Silk
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. 

Silk Hankies
These 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 Noil
These 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 Silk
This 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. 

£15.00 GBP

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