Inside my Fabric Book: Silk
As I mentioned in my previous post I got a start on my Fabric Book, one of my New Years Resolutions. I mentioned near the end of last year my useless fabric knowledge and it seemed, based on your comments, that I was not alone. So this week I implemented my plan and started my Fabric Book.
Here is my first page:
Hand writing out the facts I have collected from my sewing books and online is the best way for me to retain what I have learn’t about each fabric type and it makes an easy reference for me to go back to. I stitched in a little snippet of fabric for added touchy-feely-ness.
I thought as I fill up my book I would share my pages with you and we can all learn together. I can’t promise any order or regularity to these posts since I’ll just be adding them as I use or buy new fabric but I’ve created a category so you can look them up later on.
- Strongest natural fibre – a steel filament the same diameter will break first
- Used in China since 27th century BC
- Delicate in appearance, it’s triangular prism-like structure gives it the shimmering appearance
- Absorbent, crease resistant, holds in body heat
- Hand-wash or dry-clean only, dries quickly
- Iron garments inside out on low setting
- Weakened by sunlight and perspiration
- Protein fibre and usually burns readily, not necessarily with a steady flame, smells like burning hair
- Thread should ball up and turn to ash when lit. Ash is crispy/brittle, easily crumbled
- Thread should not continue to burn after flame is removed
I’ll be keeping the definitions in my book short and succinct but if you’d like to learn a bit more about the history of silk the images above link to an interesting Wikipedia article.