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

 

  • SAMPLE SWATCH BOOK
  • Sample swatch book containing a generous sample of each silk we offer, currently 26 different silks.

    These booklets are carefully hand made locally and support our disadvantaged community. It is a time consuming and careful task. Sometimes demand exceeds availabilty, and your patience is appreciated at these times. Postage by regular letter post is included. If you would prefer tracked and faster Regular or Express Postbag, please select the 500g option.

    We are now offering smaller selections of FELTING SILKS, ART SILKS, SPECIALITY SILKS. These are available as a special order and cost $12.20. Please order by email.

     

  • Price$24.36

Noil Poplin

*new  This lovely Noil Poplin is a full bodied, top quality, soft medium weight Poplin, very natural silk with a matt finish and loose knobbly textural weave. This is a great silk for NUNO FELTING as well as DRESS MAKING ~ great for loose summer shirts, dresses, all kinds of clothing; we once dressed a bride in this silk for her beach wedding. This is a heavier, high end version of 'raw silk' and isn't 'seedy' or prone to crease badly.

  • Noil Poplin by the metre - natural
  • Width114cm
  • Weight33mm
  • 10+ meters $18.80 p/m 1-9 meters $22.80 p/m
  • Noil Poplin 2 mtr Starter Pack - natural
  • Width114cm
  • Weight33mm
  • Price $40.00

Organza

Available in NATURAL, BLACK 5.5mm and WHISPER 2.8 mm *new

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.

*new  FELTING SILK - Whisper Organza is a very light Organza Gauze, sometimes known as Scrim with an open weave offering tooth and a soft fine handle.

  • Organza by the metre - natural
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • 10+ meters $13.65 p/m 1-9 meters $15.75 p/m
  • Organza 2 mtr 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 2 mtr Starter Pack - black
  • Width110cm
  • Weight5.5mm
  • Price $32.60 Length: 2m
  • *new ~ Organza Whisper Gauze by the metre - natural
  • Width138cm
  • Weight2.8mm
  • 10+ meters $16.00 p/m 1-9 meters $17.50 p/m
  • *new ~ Organza Whisper Gauze 2mtr Starter Pack - natural
  • Width138cm
  • Weight2.8mm
  • Price $34.00 Length: 2 mtr

Crepe de Chine

Now in two weights 12mm and 16mm. A luxury silk fabric with woven crepe weave, soft lustrous surface, heavy drape and swing. Strong, slightly stretchy, 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'.

The lighter 12mm is ideal for lingere, sleepwear, loose sleeves, scarves and anywhere transparency is required.

  • Crepe de Chine by the metre
  • Width114cm
  • Weight16mm
  • 10+ meters $18.85 p/m 1-9 meters $23.65 p/m
  • Crepe de Chine 2 Mtr Starter Pack 16mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight16mm
  • Price $45.30 Length: 2m
  • Crepe de Chine by the metre 12mm *new
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • 10+ meters $16.65 p/m 1-9 meters $18.65 p/m
  • Crepe de Chine 2 mtr Starter Pack 12mm *new
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • Price $35.00 Length: 2 mtr

Paj Silk

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

NOW AVAILABLE IN TWO WEIGHTS *

* new PAJ-PONGEE 4.5mm @ 140cm for those who like the qualities of Paj/Pongee and would something lighter, with an amazing sheen and delicacy for the waftiest nuno felt *FELTERS* This is a quality silk that will reflect a great sheen and offer many applications.

We traditionally offer you a high quality 6-5mm Paj for extra tensile strength and wearability. This is the prefered weight for lining.

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
  • Paj Silk Starter Pack 6.5mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight6.5mm
  • Price $23.40 Length: 2m
  • Paj Silk by the metre 4.5mm *new
  • Width140cm
  • Weight4.5mm
  • 10+ meters $11.00 p/m 1-9 meters $12.00 p/m
  • Paj Silk Starter Pack 4.5mm *new
  • Width140cm
  • Weight4.5mm
  • Price $22.50 Length: 2 mtr

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

Habutai Silk

A medium weight plain weave silk available in three weights, 8.5mm, 10mm, 12mm, with flat surface and good sheen. Heavier than Paj. Excellent tensile strength. Takes colour well and 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, 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 2 Mtr Starter Pack 8.5mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • Price $35.80 Length: 2 mtr
  • Habutai Silk by the metre 10mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10 mm
  • 10+ meters $16.95 p/m 1-9 meters $20.95 p/m
  • Habutai Silk 2 Mtr Starter Pack 10mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight10 mm
  • Price $39.90 Length: 2 mtr
  • Habutai Silk by the metre 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • 10+ meters $18.90 p/m 1-9 meters $22.00 p/m
  • Habutai Silk 2 Mtr 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 $16.95 p/m 1-9 meters $20.95 p/m
  • Georgette Starter Pack 12mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight12mm
  • Price $40.00 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 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 Starter Pack 10mm
  • Width92cm
  • Weight10mm
  • Price $31.00 Length: 2m
  • Silk Twill by the metre 14mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight14mm
  • 10+ meters $17.50 p/m 1-9 meters $22.50 p/m
  • Silk Twill Starter Pack 14mm
  • Width114cm
  • Weight14mm
  • Price $42.00 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

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 ~ advertised special 10% discount applied on ordering Starter Pack
  • Width114mm
  • Weight55mm
  • Price $55.00 Length: 2m

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 $12.50 p/m 1-9 meters $14.40 p/m
  • Silk/Cotton Voile 25%silk/ 75%cotton Starter Pack
  • Width140cm
  • Weight8.5mm
  • Price $27.80 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 $72 *

  • Silk Jersey by the metre
  • Width114cm in tube form
  • Weight120g
  • 10+ meters $38.00 p/m 1-9 meters $42.00 p/m
  • Starter Pack Silk Jersey
  • Width114cm in tube form
  • Weight120g
  • Price $72.00 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