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A type of silk fabric made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. Sturdy and substantial, it feels almost like taffeta. It's very easy to sew with and holds a crease well. However, it does not stretch at all so make sure your cuts are precise.

A type of silk fabric made from twin cocoons naturally bonded together. The bumps in the fabric, they're really called 'slubs', are the result of this bonding. Dupioni is often woven from two different colors of thread, giving it a shimmering, color-shifting appearance. Sturdy and substantial, it feels almost like taffeta. It's very easy to sew with and holds a crease well. However, it does not stretch at all so make sure your cuts are precise.

Raw Silk...Silk yarn or fiber from which the 'sericin' or natural protective gum hasn't been removed is called 'raw.' The protective coating makes the silk stiff and rather dull and can attract both dirt and odors.

Raw Silk...Silk yarn or fiber from which the 'sericin' or natural protective gum hasn't been removed is called 'raw.' The protective coating makes the silk stiff and rather dull and can attract both dirt and odors.

Another top garment silk, Crepe de Chine (French for "Crepe from China) is very lightweight and known for its 'pebbly' appearance, which is achieved by twisting some fibers clockwise and others counterclockwise then weaving these twisted fibers together. Both sides of the fabric look exactly the same. It doesn't ravel as easily as other types of silk, but can tear if not handled with care.

Another top garment silk, Crepe de Chine (French for "Crepe from China) is very lightweight and known for its 'pebbly' appearance, which is achieved by twisting some fibers clockwise and others counterclockwise then weaving these twisted fibers together. Both sides of the fabric look exactly the same. It doesn't ravel as easily as other types of silk, but can tear if not handled with care.

This is what comes to mind when most people think of silk. Charmeuse is a medium-weight weave; the front has a satin finish, lustrous and reflective, and the back has a matte crepe finish. It has beautiful drape and is a top choice for garment sewing. Even so, it is quite slippery, snags easily and is really too soft to hold sharp creases well.

This is what comes to mind when most people think of silk. Charmeuse is a medium-weight weave; the front has a satin finish, lustrous and reflective, and the back has a matte crepe finish. It has beautiful drape and is a top choice for garment sewing. Even so, it is quite slippery, snags easily and is really too soft to hold sharp creases well.

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15 Minute Pillowcase with French Seams. Free Pattern and Tutorial from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

15 Minute Pillowcase with French Seams. Free Pattern and Tutorial from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

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Applying Lace & Pin stitching Tutorial by Laurie Anderson, SewNso's Sewing Journal

Applying Lace & Pin stitching Tutorial by Laurie Anderson, SewNso's Sewing Journal

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