Frank Thallas hardcorps at
Tue Aug 15 12:18:25 PDT 2000

   Oooooo, you're gonna have some fun now....<G>
Not much advice on brands and where to buy, but a couple of tips on usage -
    Twisted silk will give a more matte finish to your project, but I find
it holds up better in items that will be worn/washed a lot, like shirts,
shifts, and partlets.
    "Flat" (untwisted) silk has much more sheen, but is more fragile and
subject to snagging - use it in pieces that will not see as much handling.
    Prelaunder your linen, and test the silk for colorfastness/shrinkage by
stitching a bit of pattern on a bit of linen, and laundering as you plan to
do on the finished item.  If it runs/shrinks/disappears, you may want to
rethink your materials or the future use of the project.
    I'm currently working with some handspun/handdyed
silk - wonderful stuff, but it needs waxing.  You might want to have beeswax
on hand for this purpose, and check for 'nap' on your thread - it does make
a huge difference.

Hope this helped a bit!

> Greetings! I am new to the list, so I hope that I am not in the way...
> I have started doing research into Blackwork, in the 16th Century. I am
> interested in doing a few things in it, such as Ruffs, Chemises collars,
> shirts and so on.
> Yes. I am in the SCA.;-)
> What I am looking for is Silk Embroidery Thread. I would like to be as
> accurate as possible in my 'productions', yet have room for creativity.
> What has been your experience with this thread? What works best? What
> I look for in this thread?
> Obviously, my experience is almost solely with DMC Thread, who, sadly,
> informs me that they do not sell silk thread.
> What  Company have you had the best response from? I know I will have to
> order my thread. I would like to find a company that has a secured site
> will take orders over the 'net and fill them quickly.
> Also, I would like to find that motherlode source for decent linen at a
> decent price. The fabric stores here have a nice enough linen at a very
> 'nice' price-$15 a yard. But it is not really what I am looking for. I
> like some Cambric, if it is findable, at least for the Ruffs.
> Thank you!
> Lady Roslyn of Hawkhaven
> Meridies
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