[HNW] Eterna Silk opinions?

Laren laren at webcon.net.au
Mon Feb 9 14:15:19 PST 2004

At 06:48 AM 10/02/2004, you wrote:
>I have recently obtained some Eterna silk samples, and I'd like to solicit 
>opinions from anyone on the list who has tried these.  I am very pleased 
>with the look of them, but haven't had the opportunity to stitch.
>I have samples of the "stranded" (which is a flat filament silk), and the 
>twist 5, 8 and 12.  I managed to forget to order a sample of the "mini 
>twist" so any comment on that would also be welcome (i.e. how does it 
>compare to the stranded, and/or to other silk on the market).
>I am starting to merchant in the SCA in a small way, and I am considering 
>the Eterna as my silk line, but would love to have the input of the folks 
>on this list before I make my decision "permanent."
>Kandy Fling (Philadelphia area)
>(Elizabet Marshall in the SCA, East Kingdom)


I started using silks last year (I bought a kit that had Au Ver A Soie 
D'Alger in it and was hooked). Since then, I have started using the Eterna 
stranded almost exclusivily (I still use the Maderia silk for some things, 
I find it is a bit more hardy and can take rougher treatment including 
washing). I love the sheen and feel of the Eterna stranded. I've also got 
the mini-twist and I would say if I was using that sort of thread, I might 
go with the Au Ver a Soie instead). But I tend to use the flat silk as its 
a more period thread.

I also like Eterna because they have really excellent customer service. I 
can order from Australia and have it in about a week.

I've tried to use the Pipers silk but they really aren't set up for dealing 
with people on a one to one basis. I had real problems getting my orders 
sorted out and even getting emails answered. So from a practical 
perspective, I would say that Eterna are the silks for me.


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