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Sewing with Silk: Spun Silk

Video: Threads magazine

In this episode of Sewing with Silk, instructor Katrina Walker talks about spun silk. This is made from the fibers harvested from broken cocoons. Spun silks behave more like staple fibers, such as cotton and linen.

A popular example for summer suiting and Chanel-type jackets is silk matka. This is a hand-woven textile with thick-and-thin yarns, giving a tweedy effect.

One of the most common types of woven spun silk is noil. Often called “raw silk,” this fabric is made from the leftovers from reeled cocoons. It’s quite slubby and bumpy; additionally, it smells like silkworms because it includes minute particles of the pupa.

 

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In this 20-part workshop, textile expert Katrina Walker introduces us to silk fabrics. She covers the gamut from silkworm to crafting beautiful silk garments, so you never need to fear working with this luxury material. Episode topics include sericulture: how silkworms are cultivated, and how the silk filaments are harvested from cocoons. You'll learn about the many categories of woven silk fabrics, including crepes, satins, and jacquards. Katrina also offers advice for matching your fabric…

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