What are they and what can they be used for??
These are my two most often asked question when I am at events and markets.
Firstly, What Are They?
Mulberry silk cocoon sheets or lap waste are made from Mulberry silk cocoons layered on top of each other. Sort of like mulberry silk hankies but with much more texture.
This 'fabric' can be thick and thin and is very textured and will usually need teasing apart to work with first.
What can they be used for?
Many of my lovely regular ladies and gents are using these for a number of different projects.
These are great for pulling apart to add to felting or spinning. I usually use it for adding colour and textures to my wet felted bags and purses.
I have also pulled it out into strips winding it into a ball as I go and then spinning it or knitting with it like you would with silk hankies. You can also us it for silk paper making and lots of mixed media projects. It can easily be stiffened and formed into different shapes. It can be easily cut and stretched to shape.
When I dyed this versatile silk it is usually in a larger sheet and then I will cut it into smaller pieces. This way it is easier to handle.
More colours can be found here