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

 

  • DEVORE VELVET ~ Kick Start Kit
  • DEVORE VELVET ~ Kick Start Kit
  • Devore Velvet ~ perfect for those cooler days!

    Do you fancy trying this exquisite decorative technique ? Take the easy way with our 'Kick Start Kit'.

    Devore or 'burn out'  describes the process of chemically destroying a component of a composite fabric, such as Silk/Viscosse Velvet.

    In this case, the regenerated fibre Viscose, which is the pile, is removed in area's to generate a design, leaing the silk ground intact.

    This can be as simple or complex as you desire.

     

    Kit contains one metre of Silk/Viscose Velvet, instructions and chemicals to make the Print paste and Devore paste.

    * please wear gloves and wear a face mask, do not breathe in the fumes.

    ** additional items required from your supermarket/chemist are a little Methylated Spirit and Glycerine.

  • Price$43.50
  • Silk Mulberry Silk Fibre
  • Silk Mulberry Silk Fibre
  • Mulberry Silk is named after the diet of Mulberry leaves the worms feed on. Silk is a natural protein fibre with very fine, long, strong filaments and a high natural lustre and sheen. Felts, Spins & Dyes well.

  • Price$10.50
  • 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 electronically and/or by post with product catalogue to you or your special person.

  • Price$50.00
  • REMNANTS + END OF LINE
  • Price$3.50
  • SAMPLE SWATCH BOOK - currently out of stock
  • Sample swatch book containing a generous sample of each silk we offer, currently 25 different silks.

    These booklets are carefully hand made. It is a time consuming and careful task. Sometimes demand exceeds availabilty, and your patience is appreciated at these times.

    Select postage - Regular Letter Post or if you would prefer tracked, faster Express Letter Post, please select the relevant option. 

     

  • Price$27.50

Organza

Available in NATURAL, BLACK 5.5mm and WHISPER 3.8mm

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

'Whisper' Organza is a very light Organza Gauze, sometimes known as Scrim with an open weave offering tooth and a soft fine handle. This is a popular Nuno Felters silk.

  • Organza by the metre - natural
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • 10+ meters $13.65 p/m 1-9 meters $15.75 p/m
  • Organza by the metre - black
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • 10+ meters $14.70 p/m 1-9 meters $16.80 p/m
  • Organza Gauze 'Whisper' - natural by the metre
  • Width138cm
  • Weight3.8mm
  • 10+ meters $16.00 p/m 1-9 meters $17.50 p/m

Crepe de Chine

This popular silk is available in two weights 12mm and 16mm ~ 12mm Currently Out of Stock ~

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

Both weights are ideal for tops, dresses, lingere, sleepwear, loose sleeves, scarves.

The 16mm has the extra weight and 'swing' perfect for full skirts, oversized shirts, cushions, luxury pillow cases

  • Crepe de Chine by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight16mm
  • 10+ meters $23.95 p/m 1-9 meters $26.30 p/m

Paj Silk

A wafty light-weight plain weave silk with flat surface and wonderful lustre, known also as Pongee. 

We traditionally offer you a high quality 6.5mm Paj for extra tensile strength and wearability, this means we ensure the weight and quality to be the best available.

This is the prefered weight for self lining silk garments. 

All the great qualities of Paj make both weights suitable for scarves, lining, layering. kites, wall hangings, sheer curtaining, play-cloths, flags and banners.

  • Paj Silk by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight6.5mm
  • 10+ meters $10.10 p/m 1-9 meters $12.20 p/m

Silk Gauze

 

This fabric is a very light open weave silk Georgette, currently referred to as Silk Gauze, surprisingly strong.  Favoured by Nuno felt makers, suitable for clothing, layering, scarves and window dressings. Sometimes referred to as Silk Tissue.

 

  • Silk Gauze by the metre ~ Natural
  • Width114cm
  • Weight3.5mm
  • 10+ meters $8.20 p/m 1-9 meters $9.25 p/m
  • Silk Gauze by the metre ~ Black
  • Width114cm
  • Weight3.5mm
  • 10+ meters $9.35 p/m 1-9 meters $10.40 p/m

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

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

Habutai Silk

A medium weight plain weave silk available in three weights, 8.5mm, 10mm, 12mm, with flat surface and good sheen. Excellent tensile strength. Takes colour well and is the preferred silk for silk painting and printing, as it is more controllable than lighter weight silks.

We ensure the weight and quality to be the best available. You will notice the difference.

Choose by weight according to what you are making, for example ~ 8.5mm ideal scarf weight, 10mm traditional weight for shirts and 12mm pants, cushions etc

A great all purpose silk, suitable for wearable art, scarves, pictures, quilting, soft furnishings, screens, cards.

Just to confuse, Habutai is sometimes known as Jap.

JAP ~ originating from WW2 when parachutes were made with this silk. It was light, strong and very small to pack.

  • Habutai Silk by the metre 8.5mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • 10+ meters $15.70 p/m 1-9 meters $18.90 p/m
  • Habutai Silk by the metre 10mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10 mm
  • 10+ meters $16.95 p/m 1-9 meters $20.95 p/m
  • Habutai Silk by the metre 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • 10+ meters $18.90 p/m 1-9 meters $22.00 p/m

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.

In the dye bath, 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

Dupionii

This gorgeous medium weight silk has a very fine slub texture, substancial character and a soft sheen.
With the appearance of a fine linen, a wonderful fabric for clothing, soft furnishings, machine embroidery and quilting.

This is a popular, 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

Silk Twill

Twill is distinctive in it's faintly visible crossway Twill weave, available in two weights 10mm and 14mm, 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. No openings, zips or buttons needed, ample give for most stretch patterns. A lesser known silk with amazing properties and unique appearance.

  • Silk Twill by the metre 10mm
  • Width92cm
  • Weight10mm
  • 10+ meters $12.00 p/m 1-9 meters $16.50 p/m
  • Silk Twill by the metre 14mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight14mm
  • 10+ meters $17.50 p/m 1-9 meters $22.50 p/m

Crepe Backed Silk Satin ~ Silk Charmeuse

This delicate silk has a soft satin sheen and a matt crepe back, offering a wonderful drape and swing. Both sides are equally beautiful and can be used as the right side of a garment.. Once known as Charmeuse.
Light yet strong with high tensile strength. Suitable for day, night and evening wear, scarves, luxury bedding, lingerie and drama/dance costuming as it catches the light beautifully This is an exquisite timeless Silk !

  • Crepe Backed Silk Satin ~ Silk Charmeuse by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12.5mm
  • 10+ meters $18.80 p/m 1-9 meters $22.80 p/m

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

Silk/Cotton Voile 25%silk/ 75%cotton ~ fantastic for natural dyeing

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 ~ fantastic for natural dyeing by the metre
  • Width140cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • 10+ meters $12.50 p/m 1-9 meters $14.40 p/m

Silk to dye for ...... sorry, currently unavailable

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 ...... sorry, currently unavailable
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  • Weight-
  • Price $32.00