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Working With Silk - Getting Started with Silk pdf


Silk Takes a New Spin with Quilting
By Denise Applegate-Schober
Quilting with silk is fast becoming a trend in the quilting industry. The history of silk began in
the 27th century BCE. The process of silk making and the silk road have always fascinated me.
When attending school in Paris, France, I was able to take the bullet train to Lyon for a day adventure.
Upon arrival in Lyon, my first stop was to venture over to Musées des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs,
the Textiles and Decorative Arts Museums, located at 34 rue de la Charité, Lyon. They now
have a wonderful website, www.musee-des-tissus.com, which is a must to visit if you want to learn
more about the history and cultivation of silk. The process of producing silk fabrics has remained
the same for over 100 years and is still going strong.
My tips for sewing and quilting with silk are listed below. Almost all of these tips are for both
frame quilting and table top quilting. First, start with a sewing machine in good working condition
with a new needle. Due to the nature of silk, you may need to change your needle more often than
you would when using a quilter’s cotton. The needle size may vary depending on the type of silk
that you are using. 


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