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Degumming Silk Throwsters waste

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What materials did you use? Gummed Silk Throwsters waste, Washing Soda, Soap

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What are you most proud of? I was quite impressed that it worked the first time I tried it :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Read it through first, then clear a space in the kitchen before starting. It doesn't make a mess, it just helps to have a nice, tidy workspace. If you are planning to dye your silk fibres too, it saves lots of time to do this on the same day as degumming, you don't have to wait for the silk to dry first.

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But where do you get the silk waste. I just purchased some sari silk and since ithis dense I heard it will be a challenge. I have a friend going to Vietnam, can it be found there?

03/18/2013 Flag

I think silk throwster's waste is fairly common all over and it is really cheap too, about 2.50 or $3.80 for 100g. I have a silk fibre pack on etsy at the moment, there's silk waste in that and also hankies, carrier rods and silk noil https://www.etsy.com/listing/127028297/silk-fibres .

03/23/2013 Flag

Oops, sorry, I hadn't finished :) I'm sure it can be found in Vietnam. Sari silk ribbon can be a bit of a challenge to felt if it is thick, you might get the edges not sticking properly, but you can add wisps of wool over the edges or try to use the lighter pieces. Sari silk yarn should work easily though.

03/23/2013 Flag

Grrr! The from 2.50 didn't show in my earlier reply. :)

03/24/2013 Flag

It isn't displaying GBP pound signs and I can't edit comments.

03/24/2013 Flag