Straw Silk is a beautiful 100% silk ribbon-type thread from Silk Road Fibers. There are currently 102 scrumptious colors, with new colors being added every few months. Some of the colors are solid and others are hand over-dyed.
Here’s a picture of Straw Silk for you….
Straw Silk stitches up beautifully on 13 or 18 mesh needlepoint canvas. You may use it “as is” or you may divide it into individual strands. In fact, when working with it, I found that this thread actually consists of 10 individual strands of silk thread that have been laid side by side, then “set” with some sort of sizing to hold them in place to form a ribbon-type thread. As you stitch with the thread, the sizing softens and the strands separate.
Working with Straw Silk…
You definitely need to use a laying tool when stitching with this thread so that your stitches (and the ribbon) don’t become twisted.
Since some colors of Straw Silk are hand over-dyed, you’ll want to employ the continental variation of the tent stitch when working with those hues to maintain a pleasing flow of color. (Using the diagonal variation of tent stitch – aka basketweave – when working with over-dyed threads can sometimes result in “striping”.)
And speaking of color, I wouldn’t count on this thread being color fast. That means you’ll need to use a dry blocking method after you finish stitching your project.
Each card of Straw Silk has 11.1 yards/10.1 meters. The thread is pre-cut into lengths of approximately 1.5 yards.
An easy way to manage those super-long pieces is fold one length of thread into thirds, then cut at the folds. Your pieces will be approximately 18 inches long. Remember to keep a short tail (approximately 2″) in the eye of the needle so that you don’t damage multiple places along the length of the thread as you stitch, too.
Here are some pictures of what Straw Silk looks like on different sizes of needlepoint canvas…
Tent Stitch on 13 Mesh Canvas
Tent Stitch on 18 Mesh Canvas
Straw Silk and Decorative Stitches
Straw Silk is a terrific option for stitching all kinds of canvases, from stockings and stand-ups to ornaments and framed designs.
It’s especially lovely for these design components:
- bird nests
- fish scales
- mermaid tails
- trees – both treetops and tree trunks
Have you used Straw Silk on a project? If you have, I’d love to hear what you think about it. Tell me in the comments below – and be sure to let me know how you used it.
Alrighty my friend, that’s all for now.
Have a terrific rest of your day and, until next time…