On Hat Headlines Newsletter there was mention made of Abaca silk (carried at The Feather Shop). Has anyone every used this fabric?
Is the weave smaller than Sinamay? Can you use a single layer (rather than doubling it like Sinamay)? Is it smoother than Sinamay? Is it as easy to use as Sinamay?
Of course my only point of reference is Sinamay (need to broaden my horizons).
Thanks in advance for your wisdom. :)
I recently used this fabric for the first time and absolutely loved it! It is much, much finer than sinamay, even finer than Jinsin (not sure if you have used this fabric before). I actually find it just as easy if not easier to use than sinamay as it is very easy to manipulate. I haven't however blocked with it, so not sure how this would go?
You also have to be careful as it is much more delicate than sinamay and the fabric can show creases if it is damaged or permanently folded. The colours however are fantastic!! I will definitely be using it again for sure. Could easily become one of my fave fabrics to work with for the colours alone!!
Hope this helps :)
Thanks so much for the info, Leah! I love fabrics! This sounds like one I'm at least going to have to take a look at!
Leah, we would love you to share one of your creations using Silk abaca.
Beautiful - color, texture, and movement - millinery trifecta!
Thanks Dianne. I enjoyed looking at your samples. Your work with wire is brilliant.
I have used silk abaca and love this medium. The straw is a close weave and has the appearance of fabric. The colors are very bright which gives a look of elegance to the completed project.
How do you treat it when blocking? What do you stiffen it with? I've never blocked it before.
Hi, I am in love with your blocked silk abaca, and would love to have a go. Can you please tell me how it is done, and how you treat the silk abaca? I would be so grateful. Kind regards. Ruth
I too would love to know how you achieved the blocking! So beautiful!