Artist Silks

Our silk is the finest quality 100% pure 'A' grade silk, produced to our own exacting requirement for our Artists and Silk Painters.

It comes in a natural, clean warm white, without any factory finishes, stiffeners, softeners, bulking agents, fire retardants and so on, our silks are simply natural, and gorgeous !

We have been in business for over 20 years now and our ethic is simple ~ we never compromise weight or quality for cost, please bear this in mind when comparing prices.

We could source cheaper silk but we choose not to. You would be disappointed and so would we!

A fact sheet is available on how best to wash & prepare your silk for dyeing purposes

 

  • GIFT VOUCHER
  • GIFT VOUCHER
  • Gift Vouchers make the perfect gift for your creative friend or loved one, available in $50, $100, $150 or your preferred value.
    Supplied both electronicaly to you and by mail with a full colour catolgue to your special person.

  • Price$50.00
  • The Artists Guide to Gutta & Wax Resist Techniques - Susan L Moyer
  • The Artists Guide to Gutta & Wax Resist Techniques - Susan L Moyer
  • Susan L Moyer
  • * 2012 released CD-PDF Edition of this iconic book, the printed version is currently out of print.

    View and save this electronic book on your computer or laptop - easy to refer to, run tutorials in class, workshops, studio and print off as required.

    Master the secrets of an exquisiste art form with Susan Louise Moyer. Silk Painitng is rapidly gaining an enthusiastic following amongst surface designers and fine artists. The pure transparent colours of the dyes, combined with the luxurious drape and sheen of the silk itself, combine to make this a uniquely sensuous medium. This book shows exactly how to use each technique and how to combine them for unique painting perfect for entry level, intermediate and experienced, all will value this excellent material.    ** buy both Susan Louise Moyer's books on CD/PDF for $60.00 - pricing will be adjusted upon ordering

  • Price$32.00
  • SAMPLE SWATCH BOOK
  • Sample swatch booklet of each silk currently available * recently improved

    These booklets are hand made locally and support our elderly and disadvantaged community. Sometimes demand exceeds availabilty, and your patience is appreciated at these times. Postage by regular mail is included.

  • Price$17.50

Silk Gauze

 

A very light open weave fabric, surprisingly strong.  Suitable for felt making, clothing, layering, scarves and window dressings. Sometimes referred to as Silk Tissue.

 

  • Silk Gauze Natural by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight3.5mm
  • 10+ meters $8.20 p/m 1-9 meters $9.25 p/m
  • Silk Gauze Black by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight3.5mm
  • 10+ meters $9.35 p/m 1-9 meters $10.40 p/m
  • Silk Gauze Natural Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight3.5mm
  • Price $17.50 Length: 2m
  • Silk Gauze Black Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight3.5mm
  • Price $19.80 Length: 2m

Crinkle Chiffon

A lightweight ethereal crepe fabric with crinkle surface, lovely soft handle

Suitable for felt making, scarves, layered garments, window dressings

  • Crinkle Chiffon by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight5mm
  • 10+ meters $12.55 p/m 1-9 meters $14.70 p/m
  • Crinkle Chiffon Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight5mm
  • Price $27.40 Length: 2m

Silk Chiffon 140cm

A lightweight sheer, flat woven fabric with high lustre and very soft feel. Very transparent with high tensile strength. Uses include scarves, veiling, layering, banners, window treatments, limited only to your imagination.

  • Silk Chiffon 140cm by the metre
  • Width140cm
  • Weight6.5mm
  • 10+ meters $16.80 p/m 1-9 meters $18.90 p/m
  • Silk Chiffon Starter Pack 140cm
  • Width140cm
  • Weight6.5mm
  • Price $36.80 Length: 2m

Paj Silk

A wafty light-weight plain weave silk with flat surface and wonderful lustre, known also as Pongee. We have chosen a 6mm Paj for extra tensile strength and better quality. Ideal for scarves, lining, layering, kites, wall hangings, sheer curtaining, flags and banners.

  • Paj Silk by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight6.5mm
  • 10+ meters $10.10 p/m 1-9 meters $12.20 p/m
  • Paj Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight6.5mm
  • Price $23.40 Length: 2m

Habutai Silk

A medium weight plain weave silk in three weights, with flat surface and good sheen. Heavier than Paj. Excellent tensile strength. Takes colour well & is the preferred silk for painting and printing, as it is more controllable than lighter weight silks.

A great all purpose silk, suitable for wearable art, scarves, pictures, quilting, soft furnishings, screens, cards. Just to confuse, sometimes known as Jap.

  • Habutai Silk by the metre 8.5mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • 10+ meters $15.70 p/m 1-9 meters $18.90 p/m
  • Habutai Starter Pack 8.5mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • Price $35.80 Length: 2m
  • Habutai Silk by the metre 10mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10 mm
  • 10+ meters $16.95 p/m 1-9 meters $20.95 p/m
  • Habutai Starter Pack 10mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10 mm
  • Price $39.90 Length: 2m
  • Habutai Silk Silk by the metre 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • 10+ meters $18.90 p/m 1-9 meters $22.00 p/m
  • Habutai Silk Starter Pack 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • Price $42.00 Length: 2 mtr

Georgette

A lovely floaty, semi-transparent, soft silk with a crepe surface, soft handle, good drape and high strength.
Useful for garments, layering, scarves, wall hangings, window dressings. Due to the popularity of this silk, we are now offering a heavier 12mm which lends itself to all the same applications plus more weight and less transparency for clothing. Georgette has the peculiar attribute of clinging to the dye particles and increasing it's weight and body noticably.

  • Georgette by the metre 8mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight8mm
  • 10+ meters $13.65 p/m 1-9 meters $15.75 p/m
  • Georgette Starter Pack 8mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight8mm
  • Price $30.50 Length: 2m
  • Georgette by the metre 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • 10+ meters $18.90 p/m 1-9 meters $23.10 p/m
  • Georgette Starter Pack 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • Price $45.20 Length: 2m

Organza

A sheer fabric with an open flat weave, stiff to handle, softens with washing/dye application.
A useful silk for screen printing, mounting and layering

  • Organza by the metre - natural
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • 10+ meters $13.65 p/m 1-9 meters $15.75 p/m
  • Organza Starter Pack - natural
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • Price $30.50 Length: 2m
  • Organza by the metre - black
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • 10+ meters $14.70 p/m 1-9 meters $16.80 p/m
  • Organza Starter Pack - black
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • Price $32.60 Length: 2m

Dupionii

A medium weight silk with very fine slub texture, character and matt finish.
With the appearance of a fine linen, a wonderful fabric for clothing, soft furnishings, machine embroidery and quilting.

This is a sophisticated silk and can offer a gentle 'scrunch' if required.

  • Dupionii by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12.5mm
  • 10+ meters $22.00 p/m 1-9 meters $24.40 p/m
  • Dupionii Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12.5mm
  • Price $46.80 Length: 2m

Silk Twill

Twill is distinctive in it's visible crossway twill weave, available in two weights, both excellent for medium weight clothing, and perfect for garments made 'on the cross' offering a lovely soft stretch and drape for dresses, skirts and blouses.

  • Silk Twill by the metre 10mm
  • Width92cm
  • Weight10mm
  • 10+ meters $12.00 p/m 1-9 meters $16.50 p/m
  • Silk Twill Starter Pack 10mm
  • Width92cm
  • Weight10mm
  • Price $31.00 Length: 2m
  • Silk Twill by the metre 14mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight14mm
  • 10+ meters $19.85 p/m 1-9 meters $24.70 p/m
  • Silk Twill Starter Pack 14mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight14mm
  • Price $47.40 Length: 2m

Silk Satin Crepe

A beautiful silk with the soft drape of a woven crepe backing and a soft satin sheen. Both sides can be used equally.
Light yet strong with high tensile strength. Suitable for scarves, day wear, evening wear, sleepwear, bedding, lingerie and drama/dance costuming as it catches the light beautifully and has great swing and motion.

  • Silk Satin Crepe by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12.5mm
  • 10+ meters $18.80 p/m 1-9 meters $22.80 p/m
  • Silk Satin Crepe Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12.5mm
  • Price $43.60 Length: 2m

Crepe de Chine Silk

A luxury silk fabric with woven crepe weave, soft lustrous surface, heavy drape and swing. Strong, slightly stretchy, hangs beautifully.
Ideal for day wear, evening wear, blouses, dresses, scarves, and excellent for dressmaking 'on the cross'.

  • Crepe de Chine Silk by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight16mm
  • 10+ meters $18.85 p/m 1-9 meters $23.65 p/m
  • Crepe de Chine Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight16mm
  • Price $45.30 Length: 2m

Spun Habutai

Spun Silk is a medium to heavy weight fabric with a soft feel, flat weave, matt surface, nice lustre and high tensile strength. Looking like linen, it will appeal to those who like Fuji. Ideal for clothing such as light jackets, waistcoats and dresses

  • Spun Habutai Silk by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight23.5mm
  • 10+ meters $25.75 p/m 1-9 meters $29.40 p/m
  • Spun Habutai Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight23.5mm
  • Price $56.80 Length: 2m

Devore Velvet

Silk 20% / Viscose 80%
A lush pile fabric specifically designed for Devore 'burn out' work, whereby the viscose component (pile) is dissolved by the application of a special paste, leaving the silk ground unharmed.
Takes dye beautifully and can be equally appreciated as a luxury velvet fabric with or without burn out.
Suitable for clothing, especially Medieval dresses and capes, soft furnishings, scarves.
Devore chemicals and starter kits

  • Devore Velvet by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight55mm
  • 10+ meters $26.25 p/m 1-9 meters $28.35 p/m
  • Devore Velvet Starter Pack
  • Width114mm
  • Weight55mm
  • Price $55.00 Length: 2m

Indian Silk Crepe

This handwoven Crepe de Chine originates from India, and offers a character not found in machine loomed silks. Limited supply.

  • Indian Silk Crepe by the metre
  • Width114mm
  • Weight80g
  • Price $32.00
  • Indian Silk Crepe Starter Pack
  • Width114mm
  • Weight80g
  • Price $62.00

Silk/Cotton Voile 20%silk/80%cotton

This beautiful voile silk/cotton blend is a perfect weight for summer clothing. It has a soft but lusterous matt finish.

 

  • Silk/Cotton Voile 20%silk/80%cotton by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10.5mm
  • 10+ meters $10.50 p/m 1-9 meters $12.10 p/m
  • Silk/Cotton Voile 20%silk/80%cotton Starter Pack
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10.5mm
  • Price $23.20 Length: 2m

Silk/Cotton Voile 25%silk/ 75%cotton

This lovely silk/cotton voile has a soft lustreous sheen and is also perfact for clothing. The extra width makes it ideal for patterns on the bias, and perfect for privacy curtains.

  • Silk/Cotton Voile 25%silk/ 75%cotton by the metre
  • Width140cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • 10+ meters $11.95 p/m 1-9 meters $13.65 p/m
  • Silk/Cotton Voile 25%silk/ 75%cotton Starter Pack
  • Width140cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • Price $26.30 Length: 2m

Silk Jersey

A beautiful light/medium weight pure silk jersey. This fabric comes in tube form, ideal for seemless garments, and can easily be cut flat for all other purposes. Divine for soft, stretchy, comfortable, drapable fashionwear which will hold it's shape. It has a soft sheen and takes a dye well.

* promotional winter special  two metre starter packs $70 *

  • Silk Jersey by the metre
  • Width114cm in tube form
  • Weight120g
  • 10+ meters $36.00 p/m 1-9 meters $42.90 p/m
  • Starter Pack Silk Jersey
  • Width114cm in tube form
  • Weight120g
  • Price $70.00 Length: 2m

Silk to dye for ......

A generous supply of assorted silks for the dyer, aimed to introduce  new silks not tried before;each pack contains an ever changing selection of seven different silks that vary in size. Sizes may be fat quarter, selvedge to selvedge about 20cm wide, or in the case of high end silks and velvet, around 30cm.

  • Silk to dye for ......
  • Width-
  • Weight-
  • Price $29.95
  • Silk
  • Silk
  • A coffee table biography of Silk
  • Mary Schoeser, introduction by Julien Macdonald
  • This gorgeous book indulges every aspect of this lustrous and opulent fabric, explored in all its decadence in this high quality, visually stunning large format publication. Glorious glossy photographs and illustrations provide a detailed exposé of Silk through out the ages, beginning with its origin in Imperial China and a concise history of the Silk Road. The author goes on to explain the fibres enduring influence and central function in culture, art and fashion, both historically and onward to the present day. Masterpieces from the great designers such as Paquin and Lanvin, to Charles James and Valentino are considered, and innovative uses for silk are explored through today’s cutting-edge designers, among them Roberto Cavalli, Hussein Chalayan, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The science, potential and future of Silk as a timeless fabric that is both vintage and contemporary in style are explored in this exciting, well written and visual text, with chapters on silk in use, in detail, and in action. A wonderful browsing, stimulating and informative addition to the collection of all lovers of silk, fashion, history and fine textiles.

  • Price$75.00