Learn about silk
SILK: When creating my Silk painting I use nothing but the finest silk available. Before beginning my work I do a burning test. This allows me to be certain that the supplier did not mix the silk with another fiber like rayon, nylon, Tencel, or a combination of those fibers woven with or without silk.
Before applying dyes, I always prewash the silk to pre-shrink and remove any possible grease marks. Silk is measured by its thickness using a scale called momme. The more momme the thicker the silk.
Below, are some of the silk I use for my scarf paintings, as an add on to my Nuno felting garments and home accessories:
Pongee has a low shine and smooth weave. It is somewhat translucent with good reflective qualities.
Crepe de Chine
Traditional Crepe de Chine has a matte sheen and is known for its fluid and sensuous drape. Its threads are twisted to create a texture that gives it spring and light stretch.
Satin Organza is crip, translucent, and light-weight. The front has bright shine and the back is matte. It creases easily that is why it is used to create fabulous textures in felting.
HABOTAI OR CHINA SILK
Habotai is an all-purpose silk. Also known as China Silk it is the most common type of silk used for silk painting. It is available in many weight including 4 1/2, 5, 6, 8,9,12 and 15 momme.
Noil Poplin is woven from waste silk. Noil Poplin looks like heavy-weight cheesecloth. It is sometimes called "raw silk" because it has the appearance of inexpensive cotton. It's perfect as addition in felting to create amazing textures.
Broadcloth has a smooth surface and is usually available in a natural color. It is easy to dye Broadcloth and very versatile in felting design.
Charmeuse is the most sensuous of the silks. It is available in a variety of weights, qualities, and types. Charmeuse is shiny on the front and dull on the back and is sometimes backed with Crepe de Chine.