Silk Road Needle Arts
St. Petersburg, Florida
We carry the following lines in ALL of the available colors:
Gloriana Silk Floss
Grandeur (Rainbow Gallery)
Kreinik Silk Mori
Kreinik Silk Mori--Milkpaints
Needlepoint Inc. Silk (NPI)
Pearsall's Filoselle Embroidery Silk
Planet Earth Silks
River Silks (Silk Ribbon)
Silk n' Colors (The Thread Gatherer)
Soie d'Alger (Au ver a Soie)
Soie Cristale (Caron
Splendor (Rainbow Gallery)
Ribbons (Rainbow Gallery)
Trebizond (Access Commodities)
Vineyard Silks (Wiltex Threads)
Waterlilies (Caron Collection)
Silk has uniqueness and richness about it that no other thread can match; it adds a touch of elegance to any needlework, whether it is needlepoint, cross stitch, or embroidery. Silk can vary in appearance from a buttery soft “glow” to a high gloss, approaching the reflectivity of rayon. Silks with various qualities can be combined in the same work to give the look of jacquard fabrics. Overall, there are two basic types of silk, filament and spun silks. Filament silk comes from long threads of the cocoon and has the highest sheen; spun silk is made from smaller strands and has more of a satin look. In addition, silk threads can be twisted to give a corded effect (like pearl cotton); twisted silks with a high sheen give the appearance of delicate beads in canvas work.
A number of the newer silks are quite easy to use. Silk Road stocks the silks that are easier to use and are less prone to snagging and tangling. It should be emphasized that silk is much more affordable that it was several years ago. Silk can be incorporated into a project for a minimal cost, especially if wool or silk/wool is used for the background.
As a rule, all silk work should be worked on a frame to minimize the possibilities of distortion to the fabric ground. The flat and stranded silks must be laid with a tool to keep the individual threads aligned and maintain the sheen, so a frame is a must.
Most manufacturers recommend that the silk be dry cleaned (thus no wet blocking and stretching); some indicate that their silks are washable in cool (85 degree) water. Many of the lighter colors are washable, but to be on the safe side, any silk should be tested before water is applied.
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